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Nominations for Loyola Award 2018

Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award

 

Nomination Deadline
Postmarked by Friday November 23, 2018
Emailed by Monday November 26, 2018

The Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award honors a parish community that demonstrates a spirit of belonging and engagement practices that facilitate the meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the parish community and the life of the Catholic Church.
 
The winning parish will be awarded a plaque, be featured in NCPD E-News and website, and receive $1,000 to be used by the parish to continue their efforts on behalf of parishioners with disabilities.
 
 

 

 

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Cancellation: NCPD Pastoral at 40 Anniversary Events

 

    The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) and Catholic Disability Foundation announce the cancellation of the November 15 symposium and dinner celebration, Recognizing the Body of Christ: NCPD Past, Present, and Future. A similar gathering in the fall of 2019 is under consideration.  NCPD continues to promote the implementation of this important foundational document, which has impacted the lives of so many individuals and families these forty years. It is our hope that members of the Church will find ways to celebrate this historic anniversary of the Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities.  Here are some suggested steps:

 

  1. Read the Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities, available for free download at www.ncpd.org
  2. Discuss the significance of the Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities with your parish and diocese
  3. Stay engaged with faith and disability initiatives from all over the country by reading NCPD’s E-news (click here to sign up for this electronic newsletter)
  4. Attend faith and disability events. Click here to learn about several events this year which will commemorate this historic Pastoral Statement)

 

 

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A Pastoral Response to Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Month

A Pastoral Response to Mental Illness

The  Pastoral Response to Mental Illness is the newest resource available from the NCPD Council on Mental Illness.

 Click here for your free download. To order copies of this booklet (single or in bulk), please contact NCPD at ncpd@ncpd.org or (202) 529-2933.

Why is this important to my parish community? 

A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines (Mental Health America).

Do people with mental illness feel welcome in my parish? 

The stigma attached to mental illness forces many to hide the severity of their symptoms or those of a loved one. Many stop coming to church due to the stigma. Stigma is the single greatest barrier to people getting effective treatment. Leaders of a parish, diocese, or other Catholic organizations can fight stigma by learning the signs of mental illness and reaching out to those living with the illness.

Is recovery possible?

People can and do recover from mental illness. Recovery is the ability to live a fulfilling and productive life, to be a member of a community despite the continuing challenges of living with a mental illness.  

Recovery can be thought of as a table with four legs. All four legs must be whole, strong and firmly attached for recovery to take hold. This depends on access to help that includes the four legs of recovery 

To order copies of this booklet please contact NCPD at ncpd@ncpd.org, or (202) 529-2933.

 

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.

    

2017 Loyola Press Opening Doors Award Winner 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

December 22, 2016
Contact: Janice L. Benton
jbenton@ncpd.org
202-529-2933
Washington, DC office
Loyola Press 2017 “Opening Doors” Award Winner Announced
 
Washington, DC – The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD), in partnership with Loyola Press, is pleased to announce Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Gaithersburg, Maryland as the recipient of the Loyola Press 2017 “Opening Doors” Parish Award. The parish will receive from Loyola Press $1000 and a plaque.
 

Three judges, representing the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon and Dioceses of Wichita and Des Moines selected Saint Rose of Lima Parish after reviewing numerous applications from across the United States. In their review, the judges looked at ways parishes demonstrate a deep commitment to parishioners with disabilities providing access for full participation in all aspects of parish life: sacramental, catechetical, social, ministerial, and community service.

 
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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.

 Click for resources.

 

 

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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Affirmation of Pastoral Statement on 40th Anniversary

 

 

The US Bishops received, at their annual meeting, the NCPD Board of Director's Affirmation of the Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities (Pastoral) on the 40th anniversary of it's proclamation. NCPD is honored to have had this opportunity to share the value of the Pastoral with the bishops.

 

Click on the graphic of the document to download and print. Please note, the document is bilingual and formated such that it can be flipped over and read in either language from the outside in, as a regular document.

 

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Resources for Mental Illness Awareness Week and Day of Prayer 2018

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 7 - 13, 2018
National Day of Prayer: Tuesday, October 9,  2018

See below for links to Prayer Service resources.

One out of every four families in a parish will have to cope with the effects of mental illness. Find out some simple ways your parish can reach out to them. 
 

In 1990, the US Congress passed a resolution designating the first full week in October  “Mental Illness Awareness Week” (MIAW).  Its purpose was to give recognition to the work accomplished by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and similar organizations to educate and raise awareness about such conditions as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.    

One special highlight has been the designation of the Tuesday of MIAW as a day of prayer for mental illness recovery and understanding.  People of all faiths take part in diverse prayer services across the country, where our religious traditions add their voice to MIAW’s effort to raise awareness and loving support for people whose lives are affected by mental illness. 

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Statement Regarding 13 Reasons Why, Season Two

 Statement from the NCPD Council on Mental Illness Regarding Season Two of 13 Reasons Why.

There are a number of resources available on the web for families, clergy, pastoral ministers, educators, and other caring adults to utilize in learning about the series, how to respond in working with youth, and other important factors and issues. Click on the image below for the PDF to discover them and more information.

Statement on 13 Reasons Why, Season Two

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Resources for Autism Awareness Month

 Resources for Autism Awareness Month

 Resource Link
 Autism Awareness English   PDF
 Autism Awareness Prayer Month Bilingual   PDF
 Autism Awareness Spanish   PDF
 Oraciones de los Fieles para la Misa   PDF
 Prayers of the Faithful Autism Awareness Month   PDF

 

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