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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.

 

NCPD Video Premieres at Vatican Conference

NCPD Premieres Video at Vatican Conference on Catechesis and Persons with Disability: 

A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church

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 We were so pleased to plan and conduct the exciting international conference on Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities: A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church.   NCPD, National Catholic Office for the Deaf, and Catholic leaders of the United States were part of the delegation of more than 35 attendees to the Vatican conference.   We all were moved by the private audience with Pope Francis who wanted to meet more than 430 catechists and Catholic leaders from all around the world who attended the conference. It was a beautiful experience for all of us.   We would like to share the treasured moments of the conference: Inauguration of the Exhibition, Resources, Speakers, Audience with Pope Francis, Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and a video that NCPD created for the conference with people from all around the world who have disabilities and gifts to bring to the faith community  as part of the Body of Christ.

October 20-22, 2017

Held in Rome at the Pontifical University Urbaniana


Prayer Service: October 3 2017

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 1 - 7, 2017 National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Join NCPD in a Prayer Service on the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding October 3 at either 12 noon or 9 pm Eastern.  This is a chance for persons with mental illness, their families and friends to join in prayer especially in places where no other prayer service is planned or for those who cannot easily get to a prayer service.  Join us for an experience of prayer and community.  To enter the prayer service on the day of the call dial the following number 5 minutes prior to the beginning time of the call, 800-791-2345; Enter code:71155#. Please mute your line by pressing *1.

Register Here: 

To download Prayer service in English, Spanish or Vietnamese click the link below.

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Homily Sunday Oct 1, 2017

Saying and Doing  by Deacon James Decker Click Here 

Parish Resources on Mental Illness Click here

 


Helpful Tools to Commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week

Using Technology to Support People with Mental Illness 

By Dave Wither, Member, NCPD Council on Mental Illness 
 
Just as we seek the peace of Jesus, we all seek the comfort and warmth that a gentle touch of another human being provides.  Nothing can ever replace the power our humanity transcends as we touch, care for,and pray for the people we love and those Christ has asked us to nurture and protect.  However, today we live in a time of unprecedented change; change at a pace we have never before known, and a pace that will only accelerate.  Our challenge is to find the good [and opportunities] within these changes and use them to improve the lives of those Jesus has entrusted to us.  Today our world is exploding with new “wearable” medical technology.  These technologies (devices, smartphones, software/apps) have opened a new frontier in mental health treatment, patient support and data collection.  
 

Join us in Raising Awareness for Suicide Prevention in September

September – Suicide Prevention Month

The following resources can assist you in increasing awareness and providing pastoral care.

Helpful Pastoral Tools:    

NCPD website article on teaching in suicide from the Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/micouncil/catechesis/suicide Prayers of the Faithful Bulletin Article Prayer Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (a program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago)  http://www.catholiccharities.net/GetHelp/OurServices/Counseling/Loss.aspx Homily Helps (Will be posted on NCPD website by 9-20-17)

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.


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.


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
 
 

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.

To read the full press relase click the "Read More" button.


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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