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All Persons with disabilities have the capacity to proclaim the Gospel and to be living witnesses to its truth within the community of faith and offer valuable gifts …They are not just the recipients of catechesis – they are also its agents. (National Directory for Catechesis, quoting Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities, no. 1)

Parish catechetical and sacramental preparation programs may need to be adapted for some parishioners with disabilities, though, as much as possible, persons with disabilities should be integrated into the ordinary programs. They should not be segregated for specialized catechesis unless their disabilities make it impossible for them to participate in the basic catechetical program.7 Even in those cases, participation in parish life is encouraged in all ways possible. (Revised Guidelines for Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, 5) 

Getting to Know the Person

Developing A Pastoral Support Template

Catechesis for Learners Who Have Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities: Getting Started

Suggestions for Registration Forms About Support Needs

An Introduction for Catechists and Strategy Suggestions

Learners with Autism-Suggestions for Catechesis

Teaching Children with Autism and Other Disabilities to Attend Mass

Attends Mass Parent Orientation (PDF)

Make the “Sign of the Cross” Skill Acquisition Program (PDF)

Teaching to Identify Jesus in the Host: Skill Acquisition Program  (PDF)

Preparation for the Sacraments (PDF)

A Story About Going to Mass (PDF)

This is My Church (PDF)

This Is My Church Template PPT

Adapted Prayer of Sorrow (PDF)

This is Our Cathedral (PDF)

Braille and Audio Resources, Xavier Society for the Blind

PRAISE Project 


Contact Us

Anne Masters, Ph.D., FAAIDD
Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities
Phone: 973-497-4309

The Archdiocese of Newark
171 Clifton Avenue
P.O. 9500
Newark, NJ  071074

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