Project Description

August 6, 2017


Over the last year or so, you may have heard of a movement called “Building Inclusive Parishes”.  If not, hopefully you’ll hear more about them soon!  Building Inclusive Parishes is a grassroots movement in the Church whose mission is to advocate for people with disabilities.  Folks with disabilities often face special challenges in attending Mass and being active in a parish.  Often these challenges are things that most of us take for granted, so a little awareness of these challenges can go a long way.


The organization has many goals related to making people with disabilities feel as welcome as possible in our parishes.  After all, if there’s one place where all people should feel welcome, it’s in church!  Building Inclusive Parishes seek to create an awareness of those with disabilities in our local parish, and to advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves.  They also seek to provide support for parents, families and caregivers of those with disabilities, and to inspire ongoing growth of inclusive ministries with our parishes.  Teresa Oross has been our Pastoral Team’s liaison to the group, and she’s leading our effort to ensure that we listen to our parishioners with disabilities so that we can understand any challenges they face and search for creative means of support and accommodation.


The local South Bend group will meet for the first time on Monday August 14th.  The meeting will take place at 6:30pm at St. Jude Parish.  No RSVP’s are necessary, so please feel free to just show up if you are interested.  If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to be involved or have questions, contact Teresa at the Parish Office.  Most importantly, if you or someone you know experience difficulties being involved at Christ the King because of a disability, let me or Teresa know.  We want to hear from you!