NCPD News

Bishops Approve Revision of Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability is pleased to announce the ratification of the Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, Revised Edition, (Guidelines) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at their semi-annual meeting held June 14 and 15, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Guidelines passed overwhelmingly by a vote of ­­­180 - 1.   These revised and expanded Guidelines supersede the previous version issued by the USCCB in 1995.

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One Spirit, One Body:


We are happy to share a substantial white paper on Exceptional learners titled One Spirit, One Body: An Agenda for Serving Students with Disabilities in Catholic Schools.

An excerpt from the document reads,
"The principle findings of the USCCB (2002) study, Catholic School Children with Disabilities, found that nationally, 7 percent of children enrolled in Catholic schools are children with disabilities, compared to 11.4 percent enrolled in public schools. When comparing disability types, Catholic schools enroll a greater percentage of children diagnosed with hearing impairment or deafness, developmental delay, speech/language, uncorrected vision impairment or blindness, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments than public schools (USCCB, 2002: p. 11). Huppe (2010) notes that other disability categories such as mental retardation, autism, and emotional disorders have a “significantly lower representation in Catholic schools than in public schools.”

 

The Mustard Seed Project (October 9-10, 2017) is a conference that explores the important topic of serving students with disabilities within the Catholic school setting. Drawing on the experience of Catholic school professionals and clinicians, this conference will highlight promising practices and provide practical lessons on inclusive practices in Catholic schools. The conference is held at the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago.  

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Loyola Parish Award Nominations Extended Deadline!

 Nominate a Parish for the Loyola Press - NCPD Opening Doors Award

Deadline: Postmarked by November 1, 2017 or emailed by November 6, 2017

The Loyola Press Opening Doors Award honors a parish community that demonstrates inclusion and engagement practices that facilitate the meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the parish community and the life of the Catholic Church.

The winning parish will be awarded a plaque and $1,000 to be used by the parish to continue ministry that welcomes people with disabilities.  

 

 

 

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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 Video Premieres at Vatican Conference

NCPD Premieres Video at Vatican Conference on Catechesis and Persons with Disability

A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church

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 We were so pleased to plan and conduct the exciting international conference on Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities: A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church.

 

NCPD, National Catholic Office for the Deaf, and Catholic leaders of the United States were part of the delegation of more than 35 attendees to the Vatican conference.
 
We all were moved by the private audience with Pope Francis who wanted to meet more than 430 catechists and Catholic leaders from all around the world who attended the conference. It was a beautiful experience for all of us.
 
We would like to share the treasured moments of the conference: Inauguration of the Exhibition, Resources, Speakers, Audience with Pope Francis, Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and a video that NCPD created for the conference with people from all around the world who have disabilities and gifts to bring to the faith community  as part of the Body of Christ.

October 20-22, 2017

Held in Rome at the Pontifical University Urbaniana

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Prayer Service: October 3 2017

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 1 - 7, 2017
National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Join NCPD in a Prayer Service on the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding October 3 at either 12 noon or 9 pm Eastern.  This is a chance for persons with mental illness, their families and friends to join in prayer especially in places where no other prayer service is planned or for those who cannot easily get to a prayer service.  Join us for an experience of prayer and community. 
To enter the prayer service on the day of the call dial the following number 5 minutes prior to the beginning time of the call, 800-791-2345; Enter code:71155#. Please mute your line by pressing *1.

Register Here: 

To download Prayer service in English, Spanish or Vietnamese click the link below.

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Homily Sunday Oct 1, 2017

Saying and Doing  by Deacon James Decker Click Here 

Parish Resources on Mental Illness Click here

 

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Helpful Tools to Commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week

Using Technology to Support People with Mental Illness 

By Dave Wither, Member, NCPD Council on Mental Illness 
 
Just as we seek the peace of Jesus, we all seek the comfort and warmth that a gentle touch of another human being provides.  Nothing can ever replace the power our humanity transcends as we touch, care for,and pray for the people we love and those Christ has asked us to nurture and protect.  However, today we live in a time of unprecedented change; change at a pace we have never before known, and a pace that will only accelerate.  Our challenge is to find the good [and opportunities] within these changes and use them to improve the lives of those Jesus has entrusted to us.  Today our world is exploding with new “wearable” medical technology.  These technologies (devices, smartphones, software/apps) have opened a new frontier in mental health treatment, patient support and data collection.  
 
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Join us in Raising Awareness for Suicide Prevention in September

September – Suicide Prevention Month

The following resources can assist you in increasing awareness and providing pastoral care.

Helpful Pastoral Tools:    

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