Special Needs Ministry
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
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
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.
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.
Registration must be completed 10 days prior to the event. Acceptance will be based on the availability of volunteers.
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 email@example.com.