News: NCPD

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.”

 

NCEA Exceptional Learners Conference

June 19 - 21

 

The top five reasons you don’t want to miss this year’s  2017 NCEA New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference (ELC 2017):

1.     All are welcome. As Catholic school educators we are called to inclusion. Welcoming  and serving learners is a responsibility for those in Catholic education.

2.     Advance  your skills. High quality, innovative and relevant professional learning at ELC 2017 you and your Catholic school team skills and ideas to take back and use right away in your school community.

3.    Social and Professional Networking. Mingle, collaborate and share with other Catholic school educators at luncheons, receptions and many other opportunities during ELC 2017.  Read More

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Call for Papers for the Mustard Seed Conference

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.

We are pleased to announce the CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS.  

We are interested in soliciting proposals for both elementary and secondary Catholic school audiences. 

The proposal form is located here.

Proposals are due by June 9, 2017!

 

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Vatican Conference

Catechesis and Persons with Disability: 

A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church

This October 20-22 the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (Council) will host an international conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. NCPD has been asked to serve as a collaborator with the Council, the bishops’ conference of Italy, and the Kairos Forum in England to help plan, promote, and carry out the conference.  

The schedule, includes presentations by bishops and 
catechetical and pastoral leaders from throughout the world. All are encouraged to attend.

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  Registration Process:

Please register by using the attached form at the "Register" button, which, upon completion, is to be emailed to convention2017@pcpne.va

All registrations must be received by September 15, 2017 (due to the capacity of the venue, numbers will be limited and registration will be closed when that capacity has been reached).  


Each participant is responsible for his/her travel and stay in Rome. There is a €30/$30 contribution to be paid by each participant upon arrival at the Conference.

For further information or if you should have any questions, please email us ncpd@ncpd.org 

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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An Evening of Faith, Fellowship and Fundraising

 

National Catholic Partnership on Disability
Presents

An evening of Faith, Fellowship, and Fundraising

Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

St. Louis University High School
4970 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

Hosts:
Robert (Rob) Funke – SLUH Class of 1992
James (Jim) Goodman- SLUH Class of 1992



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