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


July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month!

In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announced July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Despite measurable advances in health equity, disparities in mental health care persist especially in diverse and/or marginalized communities. When trying to access mental health services, diverse communities have to contend with language barriers; decreased access to care; lower chance of health care coverage; bias and discrimination in treatment settings, in addition to the usual road blocks in an already fragmented health care system.

Many cultures also view mental health treatment as a luxury, considering symptoms a “phase” that will eventually pass. These harmful perceptions of mental illness can further isolate individuals who desperately need help.

Limited access to mental health services and failure to provide culturally competent treatment contribute to poor mental health outcomes including suicide, among ethnic minority populations.

Helpful Resources
Minority Mental Health Month:

National Alliance on Mental Illness:

Mental Health America – Prevalence of Mental Health Conditions in Specific Populations (Black & African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander):


NCPD Statement on Rights to Treatment


The Ethics and Public Policy Committee of NCPD has prepared this statement and video introduction

to assist anyone faced with a situation where lifesaving medical care is being rationed in ways that

discriminates against persons with disabilities.


Click Here for the full statement and a video explaining




Special Needs Family DAY Camp 

Although our typical weekend family camp was cancelled due to the pandemic, we are

THRILLED to announce a Special Needs Family DAY Camp.

Saturday July 18th, 2020

$100 per Family!

Contact Tom Racunas with questions:  tracunas@archkck.org

Register at camptekreg@gmail.com


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:



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



Mutually Shared Vision Tool Kit




Deaf Ministry


Upcoming Events

Special Needs Family DAY Camp
Sat, 18 Jul 2020
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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iCare Masses &
Fun Caring Events! 


 Tom Racunas

Lead Consultant