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Disability Article Featured in US Catholic Magazine

Real presence: What Catholics with developmental disabilities bring to the table

Catholic churches strive to welcome those with developmental disabilities through special ministries and a change in attitude. Like many other lifelong Catholics, Danny Benavidez, a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Chula Vista, California, helps out at his parish in a number of ways. On Thursdays he serves as a eucharistic minister. Every other Sunday he delivers communion to the homebound. Once a month he listens to the “talking, talking, talking” at his Knights of Columbus meeting. And once a week—usually Tuesday—he stops into a neighboring parish to visit an old friend, who is now a deacon. Benavidez, who has Down syndrome, is a third-degree Knight. He was an altar server for 20 years. Since 1981 he has been involved in his parish’s Faith and Light community for people with developmental disabilities and their family members and friends. Passionate about his faith, he joyfully greets his pastor at Mass every week. -

See more at: http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201311/real-presence-what-catholics-d...


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Enjoy Cardinal DiNardo's Blog on Partnership 2013

 A Shepherd's Message - Nov. 11, 2013

The weekend of Nov. 1 to 3, beginning with the Solemnity of All Saints, was a beautiful one for our Archdiocese.

That weekend, we hosted a national conference of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD). I have been a board member of this very energetic group for some years, and it was a pleasure to welcome so many persons to our local Church.

I was also honored to be able to deliver the keynote address for the Saturday night dinner and to be principal celebrant for the final liturgy on Sunday.

The conference was titled, Partnership 2013: Where Faith and Disability Meet. It was truly an encounter of Catholic Faith and persons of different abilities and disabilities. It was a showcase of accessibility on all levels and was attentive to languages and cultures.


NCPD Board Chair Emeritus on NPR Regarding Organ Donation

Click the NPR grapic to listen to Stephen Mikochik, Esq. discuss on "Morning Edition" how a proposed organ donation policy can work against people with disabilities by devaluing their lives in favor of potential organ recipients.

 

Read latest letter in opposition to proposed policy changes. Read Not Dead Yet letter opposing OPTN/UNOS proposed policy changes. See Action Alert on emailing the organ donation board that will issue decision (OPTN/UNOS). Supporting statement from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

 


March Bioethics and Public Policy Report

Lots of legislative activity occuring related tho the HHS mandate and other issues which impact the Catholic faith. Read the latest news in the Bioethics and Public Policy Report from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.


Join us for an Evening with Fr. Robert Barron

Fr. Robert Barron serves as the Rector of Mundelein Seminary; is founder of Word on Fire and producer of the acclaimed Catholicism series.

He will be speaking at an event benefitting the mission of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. To download a flyer regarding the event click on the image below. To register for the event or make a donation visit ncpdchicago.eventbrite.com.

 

 


National Catholic Bioethics Report

The National Scene: 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged Catholics nationwide to participate in Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage, January 19th through the 27th, marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.1 This year’s turnout for the events surrounding the March for Life was phenomenal, with some estimates as high as 600,000. 

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the dismissal of a suit, by the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, concerning government funding of embryonic stem cell research, which relies on destroyed human embryos. Two scientists have been challenging President Obama’s 2009 executive order which allowed federal funding of research on stem cells taken from human embryos as a violation of the 1996 Dickey-Wicker law.2 

The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act is before the U.S. House of Representatives.  It would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal dollars for providing contraception.3 

Read the full report here.


Sum of Their Parts

NCPD Board Chair Emeritus, Stephen Mikochik pens a criticism of the drafted organ donation policy and the procedure by which it came about. Read this article in the new forum by Human Life International, Truth and Charity. Click here for the article. http://www.truthandcharityforum.org/the-sum-of-their-parts/


National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness and Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012

The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding is Tuesday, October 9, 2012 and Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012: Oct. 7-13, 2012

Resources for the day and week can be found in the resource manual “Welcomed and Valued” available on the NCPD website (click here). See the corresponding page numbers next to the following suggestions.

Some suggestions for that day and week:

For one of the regularly scheduled masses on the National Day of prayer, request that the mass intention be for people with mental illness and their families. Meet afterwards for discussion.

Have a prayer service for people with mental illness and their families. (see pg 60 for “Prayers and Reflections”)

In addition to the above, during Mental Illness Awareness Week parishes can offer the following:


NCPD Ethics Committee Points out Serious Flaws in Proposed Organ Donation Policy

The NCPD Board Ethics Committee has weighed in on the latest step in the proposal to change existing organ donation policies. For the full opinion click here. Certain excerpts are included below.

"It is hard not to conclude that the decision to change the Model Elements was made well before its comment period ended and that those who took the time to submit substantive comments were drawn into a futile gesture"

"Because of the obvious pressure placed on vulnerable patients and families, commenters further challenged the proposal’s refusal to keep separate the decision to donate from that to withdraw life-support. Even the OPTN Ethics Committee did “not agree with the OPO approaching the family prior to decision to withdraw treatment or support.”"

"[B]y extending DCD candidacy to patients whose “disease” is not necessarily terminal but that otherwise renders them dependent on life-support, the proposal singles out a class of persons, disabled under federal civil rights law, for adverse treatment. Comments warned this could jeopardize OPTN’s relation with HHS which is forbidden from entering into contractual arrangements with the purpose or effect of discriminating against people with disabilities."

 


PBS Video features member of the Mental Illness Council

The PBS video series Religion and Ethics Newsweekly features Connie Rakitan as she tells us about the Faith and Fellowship group in Chicago Illinois. Connie is council member of the NCPD Council on Mental Illness. Please click the image below to see this well made 8:00 minute video. The section on Faith and Fellowship begins about the 5:00 mark.

 


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