Special Olympians invited to speak to special needs community

The Knights of Columbus council at St. Paul of the Cross in North Palm Beach will host its second annual Special Olympics Luncheon on Oct. 27.

Kathryn Sullivan, coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Palm Beach, is looking forward to partnering with local councils of Knights of Columbus for this event. “Ten percent of the world’s population have some form of disability. We, as a diocesan community, want to offer opportunities for anyone with disabilities to participate in fun activities, fellowship and friendships. The Knights have a wonderful history with the special needs community, so we’ve pulled our resources to host this luncheon,” said Sullivan.

Johnathan Knaus, member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Paul of the Cross Parish, will lead the Special Olympic Luncheon as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. “Each county in the state of Florida has its own representatives from the Special Olympics. We’ve invited these athletes to speak about their experiences and their incredible accomplishments,” said Knaus.

The event will consist of a sensory-friendly noon Mass at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church celebrated by Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito, with an A.S.L. translator. A luncheon for attendees, boardwalk games, a presentation from the Special Olympics and Knights of Columbus will follow at 1 p.m.

Individuals of all faiths are welcome to attend both the Mass and the luncheon. Please R.S.V.P. to Kathryn Sullivan at KSullivan@diocese.org or call 561-775-9559.