Fostering the full inclusion of people with disabilities
Serving as a pastoral resource for parishes and individuals
Providing welcome and access to persons with disabilities
into the life of the Church
Revision of Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities is Now Available online at the USCCB
The Guidelines are the culmination of years of work and were approved by the Bishops last month at their annual meeting in June 2017. A text of the Guidelines as well as a pdf version can be found in the Policies section of Divine Worship at the USCCB, (click here). The National Catholic Partnership on Disability wishes to express gratitude to the USCCB committees which produced the revision, especially Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz for their efforts, as well as NCPD staff, Board and Council members. To read more about the guidelines click here.
Webinar on Praying with Children with Disabilities
Visit the USCCB Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute to view this webinar on Praying with Children with Disabilities by Sister Kathleen Schipani and Father Bill Gillum's webinar on Awakening Spiritual Dimensions within persons with significant intellectual disabilities. Click here and scroll down for webinars.
Poor Prenatal Diagnosis Support
If a Prenatal Diagnosis is poor, you are not alone. Lily’s Gift, is a network of concerned parents and professionals who have experienced or worked closely with issues surrounding poor prenatal diagnosis.
In the News
Recent Articles about the Catholic Church and Persons with Disabilities:
Parish Contact Program
Currently, over 110 Parish Contacts act on behalf of persons with disabilities to assist the pastor in his role of inviting people to full membership and to share fully in the life of the Parish. Each contact is appointed by the Pastor to serve as a liaison between persons with disabilities and their parish and between the parish and the Department for Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities. If your parish does not have a parish contact or would like to appoint a new contact, please submit the PCPD Parish Contact Form.