The National Directory for Catechesis states that: “All persons with disabilities have the capacity to proclaim the Gospel and to be living witnesses to its truth within the community of faith and offer valuable gifts. Their involvement enriches every aspect of Church life” (no. 49).
Students with disabilities are included in Faith Formation classes with their same-age peers. If needed, a classroom assistant is provided to assist those students. Parents may be classroom assistant if they would like. Adaptive curriculum for sacramental preparation is available.
Students with Physical Disabilities
Accommodations will be made for students with physical disabilities.
For students who have difficulty learning in a regular classroom setting
Faith Formation classes at the student’s level will be available.
Varying social events – from popcorn and a movie night to picnic/outdoor game night – are offered periodically for youth and adults with special needs, their families and caregivers at various area parishes. These events are free, and are provided to give families an opportunity to experience fun in a caring environment and to help foster a social network.
As the social events are planned, they will be listed here and in the bulletin.
These programs are provided by a multi-parish group called the Special Followers of Christ which includes St. Vincent de Paul; Epiphany, Coon Rapids; St. Katharine Drexel, Ramsey; St. Patrick, Oak Grove; St. Timothy, Blaine; St. William, Fridley; St. Stephen, Anoka; and St. Paul, Ham Lake.
Special Followers of Christ Brochure