NCPD News

Bishops Approve Revision of Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability is pleased to announce the ratification of the Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, Revised Edition, (Guidelines) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at their semi-annual meeting held June 14 and 15, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Guidelines passed overwhelmingly by a vote of ­­­180 - 1.   These revised and expanded Guidelines supersede the previous version issued by the USCCB in 1995.

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One Spirit, One Body:


We are happy to share a substantial white paper on Exceptional learners titled One Spirit, One Body: An Agenda for Serving Students with Disabilities in Catholic Schools.

An excerpt from the document reads,
"The principle findings of the USCCB (2002) study, Catholic School Children with Disabilities, found that nationally, 7 percent of children enrolled in Catholic schools are children with disabilities, compared to 11.4 percent enrolled in public schools. When comparing disability types, Catholic schools enroll a greater percentage of children diagnosed with hearing impairment or deafness, developmental delay, speech/language, uncorrected vision impairment or blindness, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments than public schools (USCCB, 2002: p. 11). Huppe (2010) notes that other disability categories such as mental retardation, autism, and emotional disorders have a “significantly lower representation in Catholic schools than in public schools.”

 

The Mustard Seed Project (October 9-10, 2017) is a conference that explores the important topic of serving students with disabilities within the Catholic school setting. Drawing on the experience of Catholic school professionals and clinicians, this conference will highlight promising practices and provide practical lessons on inclusive practices in Catholic schools. The conference is held at the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago.  

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May is Mental Health Month

 

Mark your Calendar NOW for Mental Health Month!!

 

Did you know that one out of every four families experiences mental illness?  When your parish gathers, nearly everyone there will know someone who has a mental illness of varying severity and length.  Because of the stigma attached to it, few will come forward, but it is there.

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The Council on Mental Illness a part of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability has posted resources for dioceses, agencies, parishes and individuals to become more aware of the pastoral concerns of persons with mental illness and their families.  Prayers, bulletin articles, suggestions for activities, and other resources are posted at the Metal Health Month page at the link above.  

As you prepare for the busy month of May take a look at some simple but effective actions you can take to raise awareness, educate and to help our church be a vibrant place of welcome/support for those who are effected by mental illness. 

  

Send e-mail to 
minetwork@ncpd.org 

 

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Welcomed and Valued now Available in Spanish

NCPD is pleased to announce the availability of the Welcomed and Valued resource manual in Spanish.

The Resource Manual features 90+ pages of information, perspectives and tools to assist in the ministry with people with mental illness.

 

Download it here free for a limited time.
Click here for Spanish cover.

Download the English version here.

 

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Ethics Committee Statement on Massachusetts Initiative

NCPD Ethics Committee Issues Statement

Why People with Disabilities Have an Interest in Defeating Initiative Petition 1112

Initiative Petition 1112 will allow Massachusetts residents to ask their physicians for lethal medication to kill themselves. Presently, it authorizes only those with terminal diseases to make such request. Nevertheless, if adopted, it will create a real threat to all people with disabilities.

The fact is that people with terminal diseases are disabled. Under Massachusetts law, “handicap” includes any physical impairment that “substantially limits one or more major life activities [,]” such as “caring for one's self,” “performing manual tasks,” or even “breathing.” Few, if any, terminal diseases would fall outside such definition.

 

The Initiative Petition is merely the first step toward making lethal medication available to all those with severe disabilities.

If loss of autonomy and loss of dignity are accepted as valid reasons for killing oneself, it will legitimate the prejudice that has long underlaid treatment of disabled people as second-class. The citizens of Massachusetts should utterly reject “the view that an acceptable answer to discrimination and prejudice is to assure the ‘right to die’ to those against whom the discrimination and prejudice exists.
 
Accordingly, people with disabilities have good reason to oppose this deeply flawed initiative petition.


 

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Vatican Conference

 

Catechesis and Persons with Disability: 

A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church 

This October 20-22 the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (Council) will host an international conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. NCPD has been asked to serve as a collaborator with the Council, the bishops’ conference of Italy, and the Kairos Forum in England to help plan, promote, and carry out the conference.  
The schedule, includes presentations by bishops and catechetical and pastoral leaders from throughout the world. All are encouraged to attend.

Click here for Vatican page about the conference.

 

Click here for program. 

                            Registration Form                                    

  Registration Process:
Please register by using the attached form at the "Register" button, which, upon completion, is to be emailed to convention2017@pcpne.va
All registrations must be received by September 15, 2017 (due to the capacity of the venue, numbers will be limited and registration will be closed when that capacity has been reached).  
Each participant is responsible for his/her travel and stay in Rome. There is a €30/$30 contribution to be paid by each participant upon arrival at the Conference.

 

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Available Now: Revision of the Guidelines

 

 Revision of Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities online at the USCCB

The Guidelines have been published at the USCCB site found below. The Guidelines are the culmination of years of work and were approved by the Bishops last month at their annual meeting in June 2017. 
A text of the Guidelines as well as a pdf version can be found in the Policies section of Divine Worship at the USCCB, (click here).  

A highlights of the Revisions can be found by clicking here.

NCPD wishes to express gratitude to the USCCB committees which produced the revision, especially Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz for their efforts, as well as NCPD staff, Board and Council members.
It is the earnest hope of NCPD that they will be of benefit to Catholics with disabilities for years to come.

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Charlie Gard Case

 The Charlie Gard Case: Who Decides “Quality of Life”

The tragic case of Charlie Gard and his parents’ fight for their rights as decision makers have given us all pause concerning the role of not only government, but also physicians in determining the quality of life of persons with disabilities.  Little Charlie is an 11-month old infant who suffers from a very rare genetic disease known as mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is a patient, wish to withdraw Charlie’s life support and to allow him to die. Charlie’s parents have been denied, with the support of successive courts, the ability to take Charlie home or to bring him to the United States for treatment, indicating that Charlie be allowed to “die with dignity.”
Added to the controversy is the fact that the barrister representing the court-appointed advocate for Charlie is a barrister who has advocated for a patient’s right to death with dignity. She once represented the wife of an incompetent patient in Great Britain’s High Court, who argued that her husband, who was clinically stable and had not written an advanced directive, would want to have life sustaining treatments withdrawn. The court ruled that the husband’s assisted nutrition and hydration could be withdrawn, and he died.  The interesting fact is that in that case the will of the patient’s surrogate decision-maker was honored.  In the case of little Charlie, the parents, who are supposed to be the advocates for their child, wish to provide their son a chance for potentially helpful treatment.  Their wishes have been obstructed, not only by the hospital and the court, but also by Charlie’s court-appointed advocate and the barrister who represents the advocate. Read more
 
 
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Vatican Conference

Catechesis and Persons with Disability: 

A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church 

This October 20-22 the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (Council) will host an international conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. NCPD has been asked to serve as a collaborator with the Council, the bishops’ conference of Italy, and the Kairos Forum in England to help plan, promote, and carry out the conference.  
The schedule, includes presentations by bishops and 
catechetical and pastoral leaders from throughout the world. All are encouraged to attend.

Click here for Vatican page about the conference.

Click here for program. 

                            Registration Form                                    

  Registration Process:
Please register by using the attached form at the "Register" button, which, upon completion, is to be emailed to convention2017@pcpne.va
All registrations must be received by September 15, 2017 (due to the capacity of the venue, numbers will be limited and registration will be closed when that capacity has been reached).  

Each participant is responsible for his/her travel and stay in Rome. There is a €30/$30 contribution to be paid by each participant upon arrival at the Conference.
For further information or if you should have any questions, please email us ncpd@ncpd.org 

Resources

Here are some resources to help understand NCPD and to potentially help you in your ministry with Catholics with disabilities.

   

April to July Monthly Themes

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 Brochures about NCPD in English and Spanish

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NCPD Trifold Brochure

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Spanish NCPD Brochure
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   Resources for April - Autism Awareness Month

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   Resources for May- Mental Health Month

Click Here for Enews Archived Issues   

   E-News: Bi-Monthly Electronic Newsletter

 Subscribe to E-news

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 Visit webpage for USCCB documents on disability    

   United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Statements on Disability Ministry

Welcomed and Valued DVD

   Welcomed and Valued Resource Manual and DVD

The Resource Manual features 90+ pages of information, perspectives and tools to assist in the ministry with people with mental illness.

 

 

 Opening Doors to Welcome and Justice/ Parish Guide

60 page booklet that is a wonderful resource on parish based ministry with Catholics with disabilities.

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CARA Special Reports on Disabilities

To measure how the Catholic Church in the United States is taking up the Pope’s call to recognize the strength in weakness and to be transfigured by love, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) was commissioned by Potomac Community Resources Inc., the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, the Department of Special Needs Ministries of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington to conduct a survey of whether and how Catholic parishes, dioceses, and Catholic Charities in the United States are including serving people with disabilities in their ministries. The report on the findings from the diocesan and Catholic Charities surveys has just been completed. A previous Special Report, issued in summer 2016, summarized the findings from the parish survey.

Both of these CARA Special Reports can be found by clicking here.

 

 

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