“Persons with disabilities are not looking for pity.
They seek to serve the community and to enjoy their full baptismal rights as members of the Church. Our interaction should be an affirmation of our faith.
There can be no separate Church for persons with disabilities.
We are one flock that follows a single shepherd.”
-US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The St. Margaret Mary Special Needs Ministry group is for parents or other caregivers who are caring for a family member(s) with special needs to include developmental delays, mental health issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus or other disabilities.
This group’s purpose is to provide prayer, encouragement, friendship and resources for parents or caregivers facing the daily challenges of living with someone with special needs. The informal nature of the group allows for sharing of concerns in a caring and empathetic environment. Although each situation is uniquely different, problems faced by parents/caregivers are often similar, and those who have successfully overcome such obstacles are able to share their positive experiences and resources with those just beginning the journey.
This year, in an effort to reach as many families as possible, the SMM Special Needs Support Ministry will be held at different times twice a month. The meeting on the first Thursday of the month will be at 1 pm. The meeting on the third Thursday of the month will be at 7 pm.
As a parent of a person with special needs, please know that you are not alone. There is comfort in the journey when it is shared with others. Please feel free to share this information with your family or friends as the invitation is extended to all.
We hope to see you soon. Trina Cassidy
Contact: Trina Cassidy: email@example.com
The first meeting of the year will be on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7 pm.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1 pm.
Many thanks to the Larry Kiley of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA for permission to use resources from their booklet: Welcoming people with disabilities so all may encounter Christ.