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


Inspirational Video:  Out of the Shadows: Disabilities and the Church - YouTube

Potomac Community Resources, Inc. (PCR) is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the inclusion of persons with developmental differences into the life of our community. Founded in 1994 by a small group of families at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Parish, PCR today serves hundreds of individuals and families in our region.  Please click on the below link to see a video that is sure to inspire you.



Updated Fact Sheets Now Available:

Staff at the Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL) have created six new fact sheets to inform people with disabilities about their rights under U.S. laws.

Please click on the "Useful Resources" link at the bottom of the page for more details and links to the fact sheets.

Mental Health Awareness Week October 7 - October 13, 2018 

Pope Francis has been very open about his mental health treatment received in the 1970s. It’s not surprising that our holy Pontiff has the confidence to share his need for support and guidance from a mental health professional. Pope Francis is the world’s most sought out Religious leader. His simplicity, humility, and transparency is the model for reducing guilt and stigma that obstruct the graces of God’s healing.

Please join us in the celebration of Mass as we pray for a united and compassionate community and receive the sacrament of anointing to ease the burdens of stress, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety.

October 6, 2018

8:00 A.M.
St Paul Church 

900 S. Honeysuckle

Olathe, KS 66061


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/

 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:
September 15th
October 20th
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


CLO Fall Art Program - Enrolling Now!





CLO 's mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and adults with special needs. Since 1977, CLO has been helping individuals with developmental disabilities achieve personally satisfying, fulfilling lifestyles in the community.

  • Textiles and Visual Arts:  Learn how to plan, craft and create your own masterpieces with step-by-step guidance from our experienced art instructors.
  • Theatre & Writers Workshop:  Learn how to plan, craft and create your own masterpieces with step-by-step guidance from our experienced art instructors.
  • Music Appreciation:  Start your weekend on a positive note!. Uncover the many treasures hidden within the vast universe of our musical heritage.
  • Dance & Movement:  Put your day and your body in motion! Catch the Saturday Morning Fever with our amazing dance instructors.
  • Voice & Instrumental:  Put your day and your body in motion! Catch the Saturday Morning Fever with our amazing dance instructors.

AS OF SEPTEMBER 2018 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN GRADES 7-12 ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM.  Each session is six weeks. Classes are from 9AM to 3PM on Saturdays. Bring a sack lunch each week (snacks are provided). Fee: $250 per student for each six week session.  For additional information or questions contact: Melba Wright, CLO’s Director of Programming at 913-235-2296 or Email: melbawright@clokan.org  We are located at: 11627 West 79th Street, Lenexa, KS 66214 (view Map)

Click here to enroll.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U_UvNRnQC9lA89_gb1QwzTuQwHPauuhEmgckVHP5Imw/prefill

For more info visit CLO at http://www.clokan.org/satartday-program.html





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Tom Racunas

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