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


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.

Special Needs Family Camp

June 29-July 1, 2018

Camp for families who have a child with special needs celebrates faith and unity!  Your family will have time to eat meals, pray, and do activities together. Parents will have time to build 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 beginning February 20, 2018. Please include first names, ages and DOB, as well as the gender of those who will be attending.  You will receive an email response with an attached registration form to return with a $200 deposit per family ($100 of deposit is nonrefundable).  At that point, your family will be registered for Family Camp and you will receive a confirmation email showing receipt of family registration and deposit.


COST: $135 per family member 2 years old and above; under 2 years Free.  There is no age limit.  Some scholarship money is available.  Please contact Tom Racunas, Lead Consultant for the Special Needs Ministry at 913.647.3054 or tracunas@archkck.org regarding scholarships.

All meals and snacks are included.  Special medical and/or dietary needs of any family member must be clearly explained on the registration form.  We will work with you to help meet those needs while at camp.  For questions or concerns, please contact Tom Racunas at 913.647.3054 or tracunas@archkck.org.

2018 Totus Tuus For People With Special Needs!

The Totus Tuus Teams will offer an adapted Totus Tuus program for people with Special Needs.  


Monday, July 23rd - Friday, July 27th 2018

10:00am - 2:00pm

Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish 

7023 West 71st Street

Overland Park KS 66204


  • This program is for persons ages 6 to adult with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  
  • Fee is $30 per person or $50 per family
  • Registration deadline is Monday July 2, 2018

To register for the program please click here:



Anyone 14 and older can volunteer (younger children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult volunteer).  Volunteers 18 years of age and older must be VIRTUS trained. 

Volunteers will report no later than 9:30 a.m. and will be dismissed no later than 2:30 p.m.  For questions or more information, please contact Tom Racunas, Lead Consultant, Special Needs Ministry at tracunas@archkck.org or call 913.647.3054.  

To register to be a volunteer please click here:



 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:
Note:  No BREATHE in June due to camp!
July 21st
August 18th
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


useful resources2



 Bulletin Board

Special Needs Ministry Home





Deaf Ministry



Tom Racunas

Lead Consultant



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