Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs oversees a unified pastoral and educational support for individuals with disabilities while serving as a centralized resource for the Diocesan community.
Through direct service at Saint Catherine Academy or our Adult Day Program and support with Inclusive Support in the Catholic Schools or Parish and Community Outreach, the Center strives to foster the educational, spiritual and social well being of individuals with disabilities.
A group of participants in our Adult Service program spent the day at Gilbertie’s Farm in Easton. Armed with fishing poles and lures, Mr. Mike and Mr. Pat led the group on a fishing adventure. There is a pond located on the farm property that is stocked with fish. It was a beautiful, sunny day. The group was joined by John Murphy, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council from St. Rose of Lima in Newtown. Everyone caught at least one fish and Ryan caught four!
The day was topped off by a picnic lunch under the shade of the trees on the edge of the farm. This is the second time our group has gone fishing. They can’t wait to try it again soon.
An Evening of Joy and Gratitude
We had a wonderful evening benefiting Saint Catherine Center on June 11th under the tent at Fairfield University. Dinner guests gathered together in fellowship to support the many programs that are offered at the Center. Music during cocktail hour was provided by Keltic Kick. This is the first year that we introduced mobile bidding and our guests seemed to enjoy the fast paced notifications they received on their phones. It kept everyone on their toes so they did not get outbid on that special item from the silent auction tables. This year we honored Charles F. Chiusano for his leadership. Charles has chaired the Board of Directors for the past 8 years provided guidance and leading by example. His commitment to the mission and the growth of Saint Catherine Center has contributed greatly to our success. We recognized Peter Radzwillas with our Community Service Award. Last year we announced at the dinner that we wanted to renovate our kitchen area in the life skills apartment. Peter offered his assistance and completed the project securing donations for appliances, flooring and cabinets, allowing us to complete this very important capital improvement. Finally, we will recognized Gina Barber and Mary Claus with our Volunteer Service Award. Gina has lead our art program at Saint Catherine Academy since 1999 and Mary has joined her to volunteer each week. The students benefit from their knowledge and commitment to learning.
This year’s dinner ended with a Call for Charity to support the technology needs for the programs and the purchase of a wheel-chair accessible van. The Live auction and Call to Charity was led by John Mitchell. At the end of the night, we raised enough money to update several technology items at the Center and to purchase a new van. We are so grateful to all who supported this wonderful evening.