These words from the first paragraph of the 1978 United States Catholic Bishops Pastoral Statement on People with Disabilities,commissions us:
“The same Jesus who heard the cry for recognition from the people with disabilities of Judea and Samaria, 2,000 years ago calls us, his followers, to embrace our responsibility to our own disabled brothers and sisters in the United States, The Catholic Church pursues its mission by furthering the spiritual, intellectual, moral and physical development of the people it serves. We call upon people of good will to examine their attitudes toward their brothers and sisters with disabilities and promote their well-being, acting with a sense of justice and the compassion that the Lord so clearly desires. Further, realizing the unique gifts individuals with disabilities have to offer the Church, we wish to address the need for their integration into the Christian community and their fuller participation in its life.”
ORDER FORM FOR DISABILITY AWARENESS VIDEO
The mission of the Disabilities Action Team is to increase awareness and inclusion of all individuals with disabilities in parishes throughout the Diocese by opening doors to accessibility, opening minds through awareness and opening hearts to ministry.
The team, initiated in the Spring of 2007, is composed of members with disabilities and members of diocesan and parish organizations. Meet the team members. The team has established four goals in each of three areas of accessibility, awareness and ministry which are identified in our brochure and in corresponding links. Diocesan Disabilities Action Team Brochure