Special Needs Ministry



mission Statement

To serve and support parishes in facilitating opportunities for a relationship with Christ by ensuring the fullest participation possible in the Catholic faith for all parishioners regardless of ability.

-- Adopted by the Office of Special Needs Advisory Council July, 2017

NCPD Statement on Rights to Treatment


The Ethics and Public Policy Committee of NCPD has prepared this statement and video introduction

to assist anyone faced with a situation where lifesaving medical care is being rationed in ways that

discriminates against persons with disabilities.


Click Here for the full statement and a video explaining



A Virtual Seminar
Presented by
Casey Coneally, Attorney
Kacy Seitz, Financial Planner
Georgia Mueller, Benefits Specialist
All three presenters are parents of a child with special needs.

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Zoom link will be sent to all registrants on Tuesday, October 27th.

Sponsored by the Special Needs Ministry of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Click Here to Register and receive the ZOOM invitation!









Rekindling the Light: Spiritual Refreshment for Caregivers in the Holiday Season

Held via ZOOM!

Saturday November 14th:   12:30PM - 4:30PM CST

Throughout this unprecedented year, caregivers have tirelessly and selflessly shown their love in grand ways and small.  As 2020 nears an end, one more potentially tall hurdle remains: The holidays! 

Full of profound faith and spiritual meaning and additional events and activities, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years can be especially challenging, stressful, and draining for caregivers. It can also be a time of isolation and loneliness.

In recognition of this, the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, and the National Catholic Partnership on Disability are teaming up to co-sponsor Rekindle the Light: Spiritual Refreshment for Caregivers in the Holiday Season, a virtual half-day of spiritual refreshment for caregivers of all kinds.

Led by award-winning Catholic author and speaker Maureen Pratt, Rekindle the Light… will include reflections on faith from the perspective of caregiving, prayer, fellowship and sharing, creativity, fun, and song. Practical considerations about caregiving throughout the holiday season will be offered, as well as ways to connect with faith beyond the holidays.

Click Here to REGISTER and receive the ZOOM Invitation



Bessette Respite EMBRACE Action Towards Holy Encounters

The program is offered once a month from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bishop Miege High School located at  5041 Reinhardt Dr, Roeland Park, KS 66205.  BREATHE is staffed by qualified professionals and volunteers. Participants will engage in activities that will include, but not be limited to, faith formation, art, recreation, and music.

For detailed respite care information please click here

Words from our families:

"For Luke, my husband and I, BREATHE is a blessing beyond words. Luke gets excited every time we pull into the parking lot and he rarely gets very excited about group activities. To have once a month where he is taken care of, having fun, and interacting with others and Greg and I don’t have to be worried 24/7 is something rare.  Greg and I can literally just "breathe" which is something that money can’t pay for. It is a Godsend! I know that sounds corny but it is the absolute truth!!!!"

"Thank you for the BREATHE program last Saturday. Frank and I had a great 4 hours together. We went to a nice dinner and walked Oak Park Mall and went in and out of stores looking at things and talking and laughing. We had so much fun. It could not have been possible without the BREATHE program. Thank you so much for all the BREATHE staff does for our families. You are all wonderful."  xx Mary Cay Tokic

BREATHE is funded by a generous grant from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Any person 5 years and older is welcome.  

2020 Dates:



Registration must be completed 10 days prior to the event. Acceptance will be based on the availability of volunteers.

 Parents/Guardians can complete the registration form by clicking here.

 If you are interested in volunteering for the BREATHE Program, please click on the following link to register:


If you are interested in learning more 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




useful resources2


 Bulletin Board

Special Needs Ministry Home



Mutually Shared Vision Tool Kit




Deaf Ministry


iCare Community

For a listing of iCare Masses and activities go to www.icare-ministries.org


Upcoming Events

Financial Planning for Special Needs Families
Thu, 29 Oct 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rekindling the Light
Sat, 14 Nov 2020
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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