The Voice of Ability Series

Lomshek - Disabilities are no barrier to full parish participation


By Debbie Lomshek
I am Debbie Lomshek from Pittsburg, Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Born April 16, 1972, with mild retardation and mild cerebral palsy, I take longer to learn things and sometimes stumble. I enjoy sports events, cook, read, and do word searches. I love traveling and have been to Rome.
I’m the youngest of five children. My twin brother Doug is in the Army. I‘m happy to be an aunt to eight nephews and four nieces, a godmother, my niece Audrey’s Confirmation sponsor, and in lots of weddings. My summer is mostly spent at the ballpark watching my nephews play ball.
I attended St. Mary’s School until fourth grade and graduated in special ed from Pittsburg High School in 1991. My St. Mary’s friends still include me, and I made good friends in high school. All my teachers were so nice. I keep in touch with Facebook, email, and phone.
I have enjoyed working at Dillon’s as a courtesy clerk for 25 years. Without CLASS and its job coaches helping people with disabilities, I would not have gotten my job. The CLASS Holiday Auction and Ball is a fun, formal event. Several family and friends attend with me. CLASS has a job club called American Cruisers. We go to Branson, Royals games, and have cookouts and parties.
Being a Catholic means a lot to me. I love going to Mass and the Easter Vigil. For 10 years, I helped teach a K-1 religion class for public school kids. I like preparing the annual Altar Society turkey dinner. I’m grateful to Luke Wenzl, who started Faith and Light at our church. It helps people with disabilities get closer to God and have fun.
This is my 25th year at Holy Family Camp with friends from all over the diocese. Sometimes I’ve been a reader at a camp Mass; then I’m happy, proud, and nervous, especially when the bishop says Mass. I thank Tom, Myra, Sally, Christina and everyone for all their hard work organizing the camp.
I have the best friends and family in the world. May God bless everyone in our diocese.
CLASS, headquartered in Lawrence, Massachusetts, supports persons with disabilities by training them for the needs of businesses.

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