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All are welcome to join Open Doors Ministry on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, as we welcome families with special needs to an Inclusive Easter Mass at 7 PM. The wheelchair accessible church is located at 5930 South Abbott Rd. in Orchard Park. Father Joe Wolf will be the celebrant. Father Gerald Skrzynski, Catholic Deaf Apostolate, will interpret the Mass through American Sign Language. The Mass will be live-streamed on Saint Bernadette’s Facebook page.  You can access our flyer HERE.

OPEN DOORS MINISTRY

The mission of our ministry is to welcome all members into our parish community in the spirit of inclusiveness exemplified in Jesus's life and teaching.

With joy, we strive to serve people in our community who have special needs. Everyone should be able to participate fully in the life of the Church!

We meet at 2pm on the first Friday of each month via Zoom call.  All are welcome!

IN THE NEWS

Saint Bernadette has been recognized for making those with special abilities feel welcome.  Here are two stories about how we include everyone in our family of faith.

If you would like to be added to our email distribution list for information on upcoming events, please contact Paula Potteiger at 716-649-1051 or cozmo3631@gmail.com

CONTACTS:

PAULA POTTEIGER

Chairperson

cozmo3631@gmail.com

(716) 649-1051

SHARON URBANIAK

Faith Formation Director

sharonu@saintbopny.org

(716) 648-1720 ext. 3

OUR ACCOMMODATIONS:

ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCES

   AND PARKING

At all main entrances and

   throughout the campus.

OPEN PEW SPACES

So that those who use walkers

   and wheelchairs can sit among

   the congregation.

INCLUSIVE MASSES

Masses which are shorter, less

   crowded, and have softer

   music.

SENSORY ROOM

With rocking chairs, adjustable

   speakers, and other features

   to assist those with autism.

RESOURCES:

FAITH FORMATION

Dedicated groups for young

   people with disabilities.

LOW GLUTEN HOSTS

Available at each mass.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

The Orchard Park Lions Club has medical equipment available for short term lending to Town of Orchard Park residents in need: Canes, Commodes, Crutches. Seat Walkers, Shower Benches/ Chairs, Toilet Risers, Walkers, and Wheelchairs. The Lions Club also welcomes the donation of walkers or wheelchairs. ​Please call Kevin McFeely at 716-583-6992 for more information. Leave your name, contact information, and items you wish to borrow allowing 24 hours for a response.

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