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


Wonderfully Made - Special Needs Conference

October 25 - 26 2018
Grace Church
8500 W. 159th St. 
Overland Park, KS 66223


Wonderfully Made Special Needs conference is dedicated to providing “Strength for Today, and Hope for Tomorrow for families, ministry leaders, and professionals working with individuals with special needs. This two day conference will have three tracks available so attendees can engage in specialized breakout sessions designed to empower your involvement in the special needs community.  We are also excited to announce we will have Joni Eareckson Tada and Diane Dokko Kim joining us as our keynote speakers! This event is surely one for the record books!

Click Here to Register:  http://visitgracechurch.com/wonderfullymade/


Financial Security Information Session

The Special Needs Ministry for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas along with EMBRACE invite you to "Creating Financial Security for a Loved One with Special Needs"

Monday October 29, 2018

Most Pure Heart of Mary

3601 SW 17th St.

Topeka, KS 66604

6:45pm - 8:15pm


All are welcome.  Childcare will be available.  If you need childcare please RSVP to Jody O'Rourke at 913-647-3059 or jorourke@archkck.org.



 B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Respite Care Program

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 Holy Cross School located at 8101 West 95th Street in Overland Park. The BREATHE program will be staffed by qualified staff and volunteers. Participants will engage in activities that will include, but not be limited to, faith formation, art, recreation and music.

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

2018 Dates:
November 10th
December 15th
2019 Dates:
January 12th
February 16th
March 16th 
April 13th
May 18th

 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





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