The diocese maintains two centers at The Parish of the Holy Child (Sunday, 11:15 am -12:30 pm - first and third weeks of the month) and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Sunday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM - first and third weeks of the month) serving about 24 children, youth and adults with severe emotional or mental needs. In these centers the children/youth are given religious instruction and are prepared for the sacrament.
Lynn Lemon, Coordinator of Religious Education for Persons with Special Needs, oversees the program, which offers individual attention to each child/youth.
There is an annual celebration of the special needs community called "Celebrate Life". This celebration includes liturgy, the celebration of the first sacraments and is followed by a dinner sponsored by the Seton Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Faith and Light Community
On the first Monday of the month at Mary Campbell Center (7:00 - 9:00 PM) a group of special needs adults from New Castle county group homes and residential care programs meets for prayer, bible sharing, input and fellowship. The diocesan Faith and Light community has an assigned deacon and a coordinating team monitors the program. Over the last five years this group participated in three pilgrimages including our Diocesan Sonrise 2000 Jubilee celebration.
Helpful Web Sites about Disabilities and Religion:
Pastoral Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities - November 1978
Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities - June 1995
National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities
Network for Inclusive Catholic Educators (NICE) part of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton
National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry
American Association for Mental Retardation (AAMR) has a Religion division