God made us for joy! God is joy, and the joy of living reflects the original joy God felt in creating us.
[Saint John Paul II]
The Church continues to affirm the dignity of every human being, and to grow in knowledge and understanding of the gifts and needs of her members who live with disabilities. Likewise, the Church recognizes that every parish community includes members with disabilities, and earnestly desires their active participation.
All members of the Body of Christ are uniquely called by God by virtue of their Baptism. In light of this call, the Church seeks to support all in their growth in holiness, and to encourage all in their vocations. Participating in, and being nourished by, the grace of the sacraments is essential to this growth in holiness. Catholic adults and children with disabilities, and their families, earnestly desire full and meaningful participation in the sacramental life of the Church.
Taken from the Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, USCCB
At Saint Bernadette, we welcome children of all abilities! We try to include most children with special needs in our regular faith formation groups with accommodations. We also offer a specialized program, God's Family 2.
On Saturday mornings after the 9 am Mass we offer shorter, more hands-on groups for kids with additional needs. We also offer sacramental preparation.
God's Family 2 is an exciting program our parish offers to support persons with disabilities and their families, meeting monthly on Saturday mornings to grow in community and in our understanding and practice of faith.
For more information please contact the Faith Formation office.
Consider joining us for our next Inclusive Mass, sponsored by the Open Doors Ministry. These Masses are shorter, less crowded, have dimmer lighting, and softer music.
Wednesday, December 26, 2019, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 7:00 pm
"The inclusive Mass at Saint Bernadette's was our brave attempt to bring Danny to an actual Mass. We have often made visits to church when we would not disturb anyone. When we were greeted at the door with open arms and great big smiles, we knew that [Daniel's] "first Christmas Mass" was where we all belonged."
- Conny Lydon, attended Christmas Inclusive Mass 2018