Sacramental Preparation for Persons with Disabilities

He who welcomes you welcomes me, and he who welcomes me welcomes him who sent me –Matthew 10:40

Regulations

In order to be loyal to its calling, and to be truly pastoral, the parish must make sure that is does not exclude any Catholic who wishes to take part in its activities (Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities, November 1978; revised 1989).

The goal for every parish in the Archdiocese is to make its activities and facilities accessible to all.

Inviting Children and Adults with Disabilities into the Catechetical Process

All parishes in the Archdiocese welcome and accept all people with special needs into their sacramental preparation programs so that all people receive the sacraments at the appropriate time.

The parish is the door to participation for all individuals, including those with disabilities and it is the responsibility of the pastor/pastoral life director and leaders to make sure the door is always open.

Discerning Readiness for the Celebration of the Sacraments

Most children and adults with disabilities can benefit from instruction that is identical to their peers (without disabilities) or that is modified slightly to take into account physical and learning needs.

For some children and adults with severe to profound co