The Grace of Inclusion

03/12/2012

Mass for the Year of Grace Celebration for People with Disabilities and Special Needs at St Patrick’s Blacktown Parish
Photography by Alfred Boudib

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Social Justice Co-ordinator Sr Louise McKeogh FMA reflects on the Mass for the Year of Grace Celebration for People with Disabilities and Special Needs at St Patrick’s Blacktown Parish on Sunday 2 December.

In this Year of Grace surely the greatest gift is to be found in all of us sharing in God’s life, and this being reflected in the action of our lives.

This gift of inclusion was celebrated on Sunday 2 December with a Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown. The UN designated International Day of People with Disability was observed on 3 December.

The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, was the principal celebrant for the Mass, which will be celebrated annually in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. The concelebrating Bishop was Most Rev Justin Bianchini, Bishop of Geraldton.

Members of Emmaus Disabled Persons Catholic Services joined with parishioners to celebrate the inclusion and the diversity of the community’s gifts.

The theme of the day was ‘Everyone Gifted – Made in God’s Image’. People with disabilities volunteered their services and participated in the liturgy as readers, ushers, welcomers, and in the offertory procession.

Emmaus assists people with an intellectual disability and their families, helping them to take their place in their local church and community.

The service is a vibrant program of CatholicCare Social Services, Diocese of Parramatta, which provides accommodation and responds to the members’ needs through a range of programs and advocacy; including healthy lifestyle activities, community nights and family gatherings.

I believe that all at Emmaus live some important principles of Catholic Social Teaching – the dignity and rights of every human person.

Continue reading Sr Louise’s reflection at parrayearofgrace.org.au

Visit Emmaus Disabled Persons Catholic Services


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Homily of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP - Mass for the Year of Grace Celebration for People with Disabilities & Special Needs

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