A Path of Hope: The Lord Is My Light – Bilingual Retreat for Parents and Family Members of Children with Disabilities and Their Children

Join us on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at St. Charles Borromeo Parish School, 1731 Hulme Road in Bensalem for a bilingual retreat which will include sessions for adults and activities for all children. Monsignor Joseph Shields will be our retreat leader.

Children with Down Syndrome, Autism, deafness/hearing impairments, blindness/vision impairments, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, behavioral disabilities, orthopedic impairments, speech impairments or ADHD are all welcome.

While there is no cost to attend, we are accepting free will donations for the retreat. We kindly ask that you please register your family by April 5th online or call 215-587-0500 for English or 215-667-2820 para español.

To volunteer for this retreat, click HERE

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Un camino de esperanza – Retiro bilingüe para padres con hijos con discapacidades y sus hijos: Únase a nosotros el sábado 13 de abril en la escuela parroquial de San Carlos Borromeo, 1731 Hulme Road en Bensalem, para un retiro bilingüe que incluirá sesiones para adultos y actividades para todos los niños. El monseñor Joseph Shields será nuestro predicador principal del retiro.

Los niños con síndrome de Down, autismo, sordera/deficiencia auditiva, ceguera/deficiencia visual, discapacidad intelectual, discapacidad de aprendizaje, discapacidad conductual, discapacidad ortopédica, discapacidad del habla o ADHD (por sus siglas en inglés) son bienvenidos.

Aunque la asistencia es gratuita, aceptamos donaciones voluntarias para el retiro. Le rogamos que inscriba a su familia en línea antes del 5 de abril en www.opdarchphilly.org o llame al 215-587-0500 para inglés o al 215-667-2820 para español.

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Para ser voluntario en este retiro, haga clic aquí

The Peace in the Storm Project: A Pastoral Model for Accompaniment of Adults with Chronic Pain & Illness

The Office for Life and Family and the Office for Persons with Disabilities would like to invite you to learn about a new ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Peace in the Storm Project via a Zoom webinar on Thursday, April 11 at 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm, participant choice. Maureen Pratt, author of Peace in the Storm, will lead us in the Peace in the Storm Project model which provides parishes with a model of spiritual and pastoral accompaniment with adults with chronic pain and illness.

To register for the 2:00 pm session, click HERE.

To register for the 7:00 pm session click HERE.


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