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


 Scroll below for a list of upcoming events! 



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:

May 16 - TBD 


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


Family Camp - Summer 2020 - PENDING

June 26-28, 2020 (Fri-Sun)

Please consider Family Camp for your special needs camper as an option for your family 
to come closer to one another and to Jesus.  This camp is for families who have a
child with special needs to celebrate faith and unity! Your family will have time to
eat meals, pray, and do activities together. Parents will have time to build a
community with other parents. Siblings will have time to build community with
other siblings. The person with special needs will have a buddy available to them
throughout the weekend to provide support and supervision as needed or as requested.
Activities will be available on an age-appropriate level.
Activities will be adapted or modified as needed.

 To Register for Family Special Needs Camp:

Email Jennifer at camptekreg@gmail.com.  Include first names, ages, DOB,
and Gender of each camper. You will receive an email response with an attached
Family Camp registration form to return with a $200 deposit per family
($100 of deposit is nonrefundable) to secure your family's spot in camp.
Upon receipt of your form and deposit, your family will be registered for Family
Special Needs Camp and you will receive a confirmation email showing
receipt of your family registration and deposit.


COST: $140 per family member 2 years old and above; under 2 years Free.
There is no age limit.

For financial scholarship information, please contact
Tom Racunas at tracunas@archkck.org.

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 Bulletin Board

Special Needs Ministry Home



Mutually Shared Vision Tool Kit




Deaf Ministry


Upcoming Events

Postponed - Field Day
Sat, 18 Apr 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

CANCELLED: Special Needs Financial Security
Tue, 21 Apr 2020
6:45 PM - 8:15 PM

TBD: Special Needs Financial Security
Tue, 05 May 2020
6:45 PM - 8:15 PM

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 Tom Racunas

Lead Consultant