This NCPD blog post features an excerpt from NCPD’s first course, “Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities” which will be launched in June! If you would like to be contacted when the course launches, sign up here.
I’m willing to bet that some of you who will take NCPD’s course on the sacraments may have some mistaken ideas about access to the Sacraments and those with disabilities. Some of those ideas might include that those who cannot articulate belief in the Real Presence cannot receive the Eucharist.
To debunk this idea, I would like to first of all assure you that even those who are not able to verbalize belief in the Eucharist can and should have the opportunity to receive this Sacrament, especially if there are other (nonverbal) ways for them to express their belief.
Remember, the sacraments (especially the Eucharist) are more than just doctrinal beliefs –they are encounters with the living God. When you are looking to assess Sacramental readiness, you should first of all (as the above documents state) err on the side of the right of the Baptized person with disabilities to have access to the Sacraments. Click here to continue reading this article from ncpd.org.
We have experienced seismic shifts in daily life, in practicing and living our Catholic faith, and in connecting with those whom we serve. How do we make sense of these changes? What do they require of us as catechetical leaders? How do we plan in the midst of uncertainty?
To help explore these and similar questions, the planning team adjusted the format and content of PCLI to include plenary sessions, and more reflection time – both for individuals and for the different cohorts. There will be specific gatherings for our Year 1, 2, & 3 Cohorts, to keep people moving through the three-year process and graduates will form a single group for these gatherings as well.
Come, connect and reconnect with fellow parish catechetical leaders; rest, renew and recharge yourself on the beautiful campus of Saint Meinrad Archabbey!
We welcome PCLI “graduates,” as well.
Developed in partnership with the Dioceses of Evansville and Owensboro, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology offers an intensive formation opportunity to equip you for catechetical leadership in the 21st century:
Presenters include faculty members of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, diocesan leaders and specialists in pastoral ministry.
Our office will close Thursday at 4:30pm and will not reopen until Easter Monday, 4/18.
The Summer Catalogue is now available. Click the image below to go to our catalogue page.
Pre-registration is required for all classes and the retreat. Space is limited.