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


Archbishop Naumann's Radio Show

Tom Racunas joined Archbishop Naumann for his weekly radio address.  Please click on the link to hear their discussion!


  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.  

2019 Dates:
September 21

October 19

November 16

December 14

2020 Dates:

January 25

February 15

March 28

April 18

May 16


 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

Financial Planning for Your Loved One with Special Needs

We will be hosting 2 meetings this fall to learn about:

  • Establishing a Special Needs Trust
  • Guardianship
  • The Achieving Better Life Experiences Act of 2013--Launched in Kansas on January 26th 2017, the ABLE Act amended Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities.

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

6:45pm - 8:15pm

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

11300 West 103rd St.

Overland Park, KS 66214


Thursday, October 17, 2018

6:45pm - 8:15pm

St. Agnes Catholic Church

5250 Mission Rd.

Roeland Park, KS 66205


 Presented by:

  • Ivailo Grigorov - Northwestern Mutual - Nativity Parishioner
  • Kacy Seitz - Northwestern Mutual - Sacred Heart of Jesus Parishioner
  • Debbie Nieman - Northwestern Mutual
  • Casey Connealy - Attorney - Holy Trinity Parishioner

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



useful resources2


 Bulletin Board

Special Needs Ministry Home



Mutually Shared Vision Tool Kit




Deaf Ministry


Upcoming Events

Special Needs BREATHE Respite Care
Sat, 21 Sep 2019
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Special Needs Mass and Anointing for Mental Health
Sat, 12 Oct 2019
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Special Needs Financial Planning
Thu, 17 Oct 2019
6:45 PM - 8:15 PM

Special Needs BREATHE Respite Care
Sat, 19 Oct 2019
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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 Tom Racunas

Lead Consultant