Disabilities Ministry

Faith formation class focuses on children with special needs

“I just feel like they deserve to have sacraments and a relationship with Jesus like everyone else,” said Michele Poligardo, the CCASTA administrator for religious education. “These students with special needs are encountering Jesus through their teens (mentors) and through the acceptance and love they find in this program, and that’s what religious education should...
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Adapting with autism

Nathaniel, now 13, will be confirmed by Bishop Mark E. Brennan April 30, right on schedule with his peers – and in the same month dedicated to National Autism Awareness.
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St. Agnes parishioner receives first Communion at Camp GLOW

“This is a Camp GLOW first,” said Deacon Fleming, who leads the camp. “It is truly a blessing. How appropriate to be with her family and friends to receive this blessed gift.”
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Deaf community enjoys Mass with Archbishop Lori and deaf priest

“What I cannot say with my hands, allow me to say with my heart,” Archbishop Lori said, as he began his homily, which was interpreted into ASL.
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Signs of the Spirit: App teaches blessings, how to pray in ASL

When a child is born deaf into a hearing family, they shouldn't have to miss out on learning Catholic prayers or religious terms as they learn American Sign Language.
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Cathedral parishioner’s post-injury art includes brand launch

Two years after life-changing accident, Cathedral parishioner continues to add to his art portfolio.
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Camp GLOW participants share ‘love of Christ’

“It’s an opportunity for people with disabilities to be with each other for a week,” Deacon Fleming said. “It’s a respite for families and caregivers."
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Stars shine bright at special John Carroll Prom

Invitations were extended to various organizations serving people with special needs, including The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, Penn-Marr Human Services, Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s Gallagher Services and Harford County public high schools.
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The Least of These: Serving students with special needs, joyfully

Children with special needs receiving loving care at St. Elizabeth School and Villa Maria School.
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‘All made in God’s image’: Frederick L’Arche events bring together those with and without disabilities

People with developmental disabilities gather once a month at St. Katharine to enjoy meeting people in the wider community.
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