Ministry with Persons with Disabilities

The mission of the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities is to help each parish keep all parishioners actively involved in parish life regardless of type, severity or age of onset of a disability.

Disability is a natural part of the human condition. Most of us will experience some type of disabling condition in our lifetime.

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Recognizing that individuals with disabilities have a claim to our respect because they are persons, because they share in the one redemption of Christ, and because they contribute to our society by their activity within it, the Church must become an advocate for and with them.

- - U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Statement

 

Community-Wide Agency Fair Supporting Persons with Disabilities, their Parents and Caregivers

Representatives from local agencies who assist persons with disabilities will be available to answer questions regarding services and support. Join us:

Saturday, September 29
9:30 - 11:30am - come and go
St. Patrick Catholic School Gymnasium
2007 N. Arkansas, Wichita

Download the flyer for the event: Community-Wide Agency Fair

Questions? Call Myra Jacobs 316-269-3900
¿Preguntas? Danny Krug 316-269-3919

Prepare to Care Workshop for Caregivers

Though rewarding, caregiving is not always easy. This Prepare to Care workshop will explore the roles and impact of the family caregiver and discover ways to maintain your well-being. Join us: 

Thursday, September 6
7:00 PM
St. Francis of Assisi Parish in St. Clare Hall
861 N. Socora, Wichita

Questions? Please contact Rayna at rayna@takeheartcoaching.com or 620-921-0082. Download the flyer for more information: Prepare to Care Workshop Flyer

Maturing Gracefully: A Workshop on Mobility Concerns

Join us at the Spiritual Life Center from 1:00 - 3:00pm on Tuesday, September 18 for an ecumenical gathering designed for those who are facing mobility difficulties, those who may face difficulties in the future and for those who provide care for individuals with mobility concerns. This workshop will include:

  • Personal testimonies of individuals challenged with mobility situations
  • Presentations from experts in the field
  • Panel discussion

You may download a flyer here: Maturing Gracefully flyer

Cost is $5. Please pay at the door. To RSVP, contact Myra at 316-269-3900 or email her

5th Annual Wichita Saints Sports Team Celebration

To congratulate and celebrate our Wichita Saints Special Olympics Teams, we will be hosting the 5th Annual Special Olympics Celebration on Sunday, August 19 beginning with Holy Mass at 4:00 pm at St. Patrick Parish in Wichita. Dinner will immediately follow at 5:15 pm in the school cafeteria. Please click on this flyer for more information. 

Reference Guide on Disability Services

The Ministry recently compiled a quick reference guide on disability services in and around the Diocese of Wichita. Our hope is that this guide will be used as a resource for parishes in serving persons with disabilities and their families. Access the guide here:

Things You Can Do to Help Persons with Disabilities Feel Welcome in Your Parish

Every person is made in the image and likeness of God, building up the Body of Christ. Every person offers gifts and talents that help to shape your parish life. Inclusion starts with you! Here are things you can do to help people with disabilities feel welcome in your parish:

How to Build a Culture of Life

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a wonderful article on how to build a culture of life in our communities and world. It's worth the read! Access it here: How To Build a Culture of Life

Be Not Afraid - Commentary from the Little Sisters of the Poor

Sister Constance Veit, the Director of Communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, comprised a lovely commentary on facing disability in the Church. It is a must-read! View her commentary here:

The Voice of Ability Series

Take a look at this awesome series of articles: The Voice of Ability Series.  All people have the same needs and desires for relationships and for spiritual growth – persons with disabilities are no different. This series, written by persons with disabilities, allows us to learn about each other, to pray together, and to understand we are one flock under one shepherd. These articles have been published in the Catholic Advance. 

Special Olypmics

The Wichita Saints track & field team will begin practice soon! Young Athletes will begin their spring session on Wednesday, March 7. You can learn more about the Wichita Saints Special Olympics teams and Young Athletes program by clicking on the Special Olympics and Young Athletes links.