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Our Mission

The Parish and Community Support office (formerly the Ministry for People with Disabilities) serves a resource for members of parishes throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport. We partner with Directors of Religious Education, Youth Ministers and the Diocesan Faith Formation team to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The goal is to fully engage each individual in their parish community. In addition to working with the parish leadership, we coordinate community based activities, including our quarterly dinner dances for adults with disabilities in the Diocese and facilitate the Annual Mass for People with Special Needs.

Areas of Focus:

  • to reach out to people with disabilities and their families to support their participation in liturgy, the Sacraments, catechesis, faith formation, ministry, social life and mission of the church at the local parish level and the universal level
  • to reduce the sense of isolation of people with disabilities and their families
  • to support the efforts of local parish leadership for inclusion
  • to collaborate with parishes on inclusion strategies
  • to support catechists through resource development, adaptation and training for catechesis and preparation for Sacraments
  • to provide family support for their faith journey through outreach and development of faith-based support groups
  • to provide resources through the website and parishes