Office of Special Needs Ministry

Totus Tuus and Faith Formation—Sign Up Now!

As we continue to grow and build the Special Needs Ministry, we are incredibly excited about 2 new programs we are able to offer. This summer, Totus Tuus (Totally Yours) will be held from July 24 through the 27th. Totus Tuus is an exciting and fun catechetical program, geared towards evangelization through the Gospel. The teachers are young, enthusiastic, and completely dedicated to giving their all. It promises to be a wonderful witness and encounter with Christ for all! Those with special needs, as well as their families are welcome to join in. Sign up by July 1st!

Beginning in September, as we partner with iCare, we will be offering a free, ongoing, regularly scheduled one hour class of faith formation before each iCare mass. In order to fully prepare and make this the best experience possible, we ask you to please sign up by June 30th

Sign up for one, or sign up for both!

 

Want to get involved? Why not volunteer?

All ministry depends upon the generous hearts and commitment of the people that make up our faith communities. The impact volunteering can make on the community, as well as yourself, is tremendous. If you are interested in learning more, or are ready to get involved right now, please contact Tom Racunas to talk about the many ways you can be a part of this wonderful, and growing ministry.  Call 913.647.3054 or email tracunas@archkck.org.

 

Raising Awareness: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mindful of all struggling with mental health and disability, a special prayer to St. Dymphna, patron saint of mental illness:

Good St. Dymphna, great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body, I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick, in my present need, (mention it). St. Dymphna, martyr of purity, partroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me, and obtain my request.

(Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.)

St. Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.

 

 

 
 

Mission: That all means all...

Because “The Church firmly believes that Christ, who died and was raised up for all,  can through His Spirit offer man the light and the strength to measure up to his supreme destiny.”  (Gaudium et Spes para. 10) the Office for Special Needs strives to empower and equip  parishes to encounter its members who have a disability so that they may be sanctified by the Church and in turn the Church may be sanctified by them.

Because

  • All life is sacred and precious

  • All of us deserve to be treated with the fullest measure of dignity and respect

  • All of us have gifts that we are called to share with each other

Special Needs Ministry is building and growing, and we want your help in building a Church that is accessible to all!

The work of the ministry will be grounded in the vision of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops as expressed in the Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities [1978] and reaffirmed in Welcome and Justice [1998] See www.ncpd.org.  Under the guidance of the Archbishop, the ministry will align its goals and objectives with the five year pastoral priorities of the (conversion, evangelization, all forms of Catholic education, outreach to those in need and stewardship) and the three key initiatives through 2017 (building a culture of evangelization, strengthening the vocation of marriage and family life, and cultivating relationships by engaging in corporal and spiritual works of mercy).

In general, the mission of the Special Needs Ministry is to help each parish insure the fullest participation possible for all parishioners in the life of the parish regardless of type, severity or age of onset of a disability.

The Special Needs Ministry works to provide the following:

  • Awareness information and/or workshops on types of disability and how a parish family can respond to needs

  • Assistance with the development and implementation of outreach and support systems for people with disabilities, their families and caregivers

  • Resources, curriculum and training for parents, catechists, and volunteers to provide sacramental preparation, on-going faith formation, participation in liturgies, and participation in the social life of the church

  • Practical information and education for persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers regarding available community services and supports

  • Accessibility assessments of the parish campus 

Who We Are

Tom Racunas, Special Needs Ministry Lead Consultant

After many years in Wichita, Tom and his wife, Becki, have moved back to Kansas City. You can reach Tom by calling 913.647.3054 or emailing tracunas@archkck.org. We want to hear from you!

 

“The world does not become better because only apparently ‘perfect’ – not to mention fake – people live there but when human solidarity, mutual acceptance      and respect increase. . . . Each of us, sooner or later, is called to face—at times painfully—frailty and illness, both our own and those of others.”  

Pope Francis, Mass for the Jubilee of the Sick and Persons with Disabilities, June 2016

 

"When we think of persons with disabilities in relation to ministries, we tend automatically to think of doing something for them.  We do not reflect that they can do something for us and with us. . . they have the same duty as all members of the community to do the Lord's work in the world, according to their God given talents and capacities."  

Pastoral Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities, no.17, NOD, 2001 

 

 

 

 

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