Catechesis with People with Special Needs
"All persons with disabilities have the capacity to proclaim the Gospel and to be living witnesses to its truth within the community
of faith and offer valuable gifts. The life of the parish is enriched
by their participation." (National Directory for Catechesis, 2005, chapter 9, section 49, line 5)
"The love of the Father for the weakest of His children and the continuous presence of
Jesus and His Spirit gives assurance that every person, however limited,
is capable to growth in holiness. Education in the faith, which
involves the family above all else, calls for personalized and adequate
programs." (General Directory for Catechesis 189 United States Catholic Conference).
Our goal in the Department of Lifelong
Faith Formation is to welcome and encourage participation of all people
with disabilities into our parish programs to the greatest extent
possible. The links on this Lifelong Faith Formation site offer
policies, programs and resources designed to meet the specific needs of
persons with disabilities, with the goal for total inclusion into parish
life the ultimate goal. To welcome each person with the compassion and
love that Jesus himself would offer, makes the Body of Christ complete
in our parishes.
Open Doors through accessibility, Open
Minds through Awareness and Open Hearts through ministry and with our
brothers and sisters with disabilities.
The God's Family Program offers opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities to grow together with their families on the faith journey. Read more about God's Family. See our Brochure, Registration Form and check out the article in the WNY Catholic.
Information about specific disabilities can be found on Diocesan web-page for Disabilities.
Contact Mario Vinti, 716-847-5521 or email
One-page information sheets:
Autism at Mass
Autism-tips for teaching (teaching tips for youth with Autism)
Catechist Guidelines (guidelines for teachers/catechists)
Siblings of Children with Disabilities
Teaching Tolerance and Acceptance
Youth with Dyslexia