All Are Welcome
First of all, always remember that:
- You already have everything you need… to welcome, to support and to share the faith with children in your atrium who have disabilities. You will find that the efforts you make on behalf of particular children have a way of reaching a much wider sphere.
- When you respond to the need of a family, you reflect the God of inclusion. When you say “yes” to include their child, you are saying “yes” to the whole family. Your “yes” means we are truly a Church that will move boundaries to make sure that there is a place for everyone.
There are several sources you can turn to for this information including a Parish Resource Guide for Welcoming Children with Disabilities, “Recognizing The Gift,” that has been published by the Catechetical Office of the Archdiocese of New York, Linda Sgammato and Sr. Anne Ryan, PBVM, co-authors.