People with Disabilities

(a ministry of the Office of Catechetical Leadership and Youth/Young Adult Ministry Formation)




“Persons with disabilities…are integral members of the Christian community.”

National Directory for Catechesis


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. Their involvement enriches every aspect of Church life. They [persons with disabilities] are not just the recipients of catechesis—they are also its agents.


All persons with disabilities or special needs should be welcomed in the Church. Every person, however limited, is capable of growth in holiness. Some persons with disabilities live in isolating conditions that make it difficult for them to participate in catechetical experiences. “Since provision of access to religious functions is a pastoral duty,” parishes should make that much more effort to include those who may feel excluded.


The Church’s pastoral response in such situations is to learn about the disability, offer support to the family, and welcome the child.” (NDC USCCB, Par. 49)


The diocesan Office of Inclusion of People with Disabilities maintains to the best of its knowledge and control that the parishes and schools are in compliance with:

  • Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities (NCPD/USCCB)
  • Guidelines for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities for the Diocese of Palm Beach

Ongoing assistance with catechetical classroom programs, sacramental preparation, individual preparation and home schooling for special needs population is available through contact with the diocesan office.


Events throughout the year are planned as needed and as opportunities are presented.