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May is Mental Health Month

 

Mark your Calendar NOW for Mental Health Month!!

 

Did you know that one out of every four families experiences mental illness?  When your parish gathers, nearly everyone there will know someone who has a mental illness of varying severity and length.  Because of the stigma attached to it, few will come forward, but it is there.

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The Council on Mental Illness a part of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability has posted resources for dioceses, agencies, parishes and individuals to become more aware of the pastoral concerns of persons with mental illness and their families.  Prayers, bulletin articles, suggestions for activities, and other resources are posted at the Metal Health Month page at the link above.  

As you prepare for the busy month of May take a look at some simple but effective actions you can take to raise awareness, educate and to help our church be a vibrant place of welcome/support for those who are effected by mental illness. 

  

Send e-mail to 
minetwork@ncpd.org 

 

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Welcomed and Valued now Available in Spanish

NCPD is pleased to announce the availability of the Welcomed and Valued resource manual in Spanish.

The Resource Manual features 90+ pages of information, perspectives and tools to assist in the ministry with people with mental illness.

 

Download it here free for a limited time.
Click here for Spanish cover.

Download the English version here.

 

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Ethics Committee Statement on Massachusetts Initiative

NCPD Ethics Committee Issues Statement

Why People with Disabilities Have an Interest in Defeating Initiative Petition 1112

Initiative Petition 1112 will allow Massachusetts residents to ask their physicians for lethal medication to kill themselves. Presently, it authorizes only those with terminal diseases to make such request. Nevertheless, if adopted, it will create a real threat to all people with disabilities.

The fact is that people with terminal diseases are disabled. Under Massachusetts law, “handicap” includes any physical impairment that “substantially limits one or more major life activities [,]” such as “caring for one's self,” “performing manual tasks,” or even “breathing.” Few, if any, terminal diseases would fall outside such definition.

 

The Initiative Petition is merely the first step toward making lethal medication available to all those with severe disabilities.

If loss of autonomy and loss of dignity are accepted as valid reasons for killing oneself, it will legitimate the prejudice that has long underlaid treatment of disabled people as second-class. The citizens of Massachusetts should utterly reject “the view that an acceptable answer to discrimination and prejudice is to assure the ‘right to die’ to those against whom the discrimination and prejudice exists.
 
Accordingly, people with disabilities have good reason to oppose this deeply flawed initiative petition.


 

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NCPD Featured on EWTN

Watch NCPD Second Episode on EWTN The Church Universal -           Coming up Sunday, April 30, 2017

Watch NCPD Second Episode Featured on EWTN Show - The Church Universal with Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA on Sunday, April 30.  Special guests to this new episode included Janice Benton, Executive Director; Cindi Swanson, Council member of IDD; Martin Benton, a retired lawyer; and Michael Adamus, former Diocese Director of Disability for the Diocese of Erie.

We are very grateful with EWTN for close captioning the two episodes.

The  episode is aired three times on the week it is first run: 

Sundays at 5:00 pm Eastern Time

Tuesdays at 5:00 am Eastern Time

Fridays at 10:00 pm Eastern Time

Resources

Here are some resources to help understand NCPD and to potentially help you in your ministry with Catholics with disabilities.

   

April to July Monthly Themes

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 Brochures about NCPD in English and Spanish

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NCPD Trifold Brochure

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Spanish NCPD Brochure
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   Resources for April - Autism Awareness Month

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   Resources for May- Mental Health Month

Click Here for Enews Archived Issues   

   E-News: Bi-Monthly Electronic Newsletter

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 Visit webpage for USCCB documents on disability    

   United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Statements on Disability Ministry

Welcomed and Valued DVD

   Welcomed and Valued Resource Manual and DVD



The Resource Manual features 90+ pages of information, perspectives and tools to assist in the ministry with people with mental illness.

 

 

 Opening Doors to Welcome and Justice/ Parish Guide

60 page booklet that is a wonderful resource on parish based ministry with Catholics with disabilities.

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CARA Special Reports on Disabilities

To measure how the Catholic Church in the United States is taking up the Pope’s call to recognize the strength in weakness and to be transfigured by love, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) was commissioned by Potomac Community Resources Inc., the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, the Department of Special Needs Ministries of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington to conduct a survey of whether and how Catholic parishes, dioceses, and Catholic Charities in the United States are including serving people with disabilities in their ministries. The report on the findings from the diocesan and Catholic Charities surveys has just been completed. A previous Special Report, issued in summer 2016, summarized the findings from the parish survey.

Both of these CARA Special Reports can be found by clicking here.

 

 

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Congratulations to Cardinal DiNardo, new President of the USCCB

 Congratulations to Daniel Cardinal N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), during the annual Fall General Assembly held in Baltimore November 14 - 16, 2016.Cardinal DiNardo has served as Episcopal Moderator for NCPD since November 2007. 

Our prayers will be with him in special ways throughout the next 3 years of his service as USCCB President  

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New Episcopal Moderator for NCPD

 

 

We are honored and pleased that outgoing president of the USCCB Archbishop Joseph Kurtz has accepted our invitation to serve as Episcopal Moderator for a three-year term.

We look forward to working with him.

(Pictured are Janice and Martin Benton with Archbishop Kurtz.)

 

 

 

 

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New Episcopal Moderator

We are honored and pleased that outgoing president of the USCCB Archbishop Joseph Kurtz has accepted our invitation to serve as Episcopal Moderator for a three-year term. We look forward to working with him. (Pictured are Janice and Martin Benton with Archbishop Kurtz.)

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Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award

Congratulations to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church from West Des Moines, Iowa, this year's winner of the 2016 Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award. 

After reviewing numerous applications from across the United States, the judges were most impressed at how this parish demonstrate a deep commitment to parishioners with disabilities and provides access for full participation in all aspects of the parish life: sacramental, catechetical, social, ministerial, and community service.

The award was presented to the pastor and parish community at the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday, December 11 by Dr. Nancy Thompson, NCPD Director of Diocesan Relations. For press release click here.

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GIVING TUESDAY

 

Matching Grant Available until December 8: Giving Tuesday was created to give a focus to the charitable contributions that many make during the Christmas season, in response to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

We at NCPD ask you to consider a donation to our work; supporting Catholics with disabilities in the United States to experience welcome, belonging and meaningful involvement in their parish and the Catholic Church.We are also offering the option to have a Christmas card sent in honor of someone.

If you wish to have one sent, please make a minimum contribution of $10 per card If you wish to send the cards yourself, we can mail them to you, Let us know how many you wish to receive via email to bquinlan@ncpd,org. More information

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