Sunday, January 14, 2007

Diocese educates on needs of disabled

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an interesting piece on the religious education of children with disabilities. Diocese educates on needs of disabled
When a parish refuses to prepare a child for sacraments because of a disability, it's like slamming the church door on an entire family, experts from the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh told diocesan religious education directors from across the state yesterday.

"We reject that child and the whole family is rejected," said Grace Harding, former director of the Pittsburgh diocese's office for ministry to persons with disabilities. She gave the workshop in Penn Hills with her successor, Sister Michelle Grgurich.

"I'm sure you've all experienced that situation, when a family comes to you in tears saying 'My child was put out because he couldn't say the Our Father.' They're in agony," she said.

Such situations are far less frequent than they once were, but still occur, she said. The decrease is due in part to pioneering work in the Diocese of Pittsburgh on religious education for those with mental retardation, autism and physical disabilities.
Pioneering work, to be lauded. It's always good to remember that when it comes to the sacraments, we shouldn't get so caught up into the (not unimportant) need for proper preparation and disposition, that we lose sight of the fact that what we celebrate is God's action, not our own. Hat tip to Walt (who got this at Titusonenine)

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