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Special Needs Workshop Held for Parents and Parishes

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Parents of children with special needs had the opportunity to attend a recent meeting sponsored by the Department of Catholic Formation and Evangelization. The session was held at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex. Sr. Kathleen Schipani, I.H.M. a specialist in the ministry, was the presenter. Sr. Kathleen has over 30 years of teaching experience with children and adults of all abilities and is the Administrator of the Department for Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

During her visit to Raleigh, Sr. Kathleen met with catechists from parishes throughout the Diocese interested in learning about what is involved in setting up catechetical programs for special needs individuals. Sr. Kathleen presented scriptural perspectives and suggestions on how to start and support an inclusive faith formation program.  Many in attendance commented on the excellent information and valuable resources they received as part of the day, and look forward to future collaboration.

Special entertainment was offered by the M&M Singers of Arc Wake County, which was led by music director, Ben Tomczak. The musical group, which consists of individuals with developmental disabilities, performs at civic engagements, church functions and private parties.

Above: Sr. Kathleen Schipiani, I.H.M., during workshop with parish catechists on addressing pastoral needs of people with special needs.

Below: The M&M Singers of Arc Wake County performing during catechetical workshop.