Serving Persons with Disabilities

“…spread a culture of encounter, solidarity and hospitality towards persons with disabilities,”
- Pope Francis.

Serving Persons with Disabilities Ministry

Everyone is welcome at our parish and everyone belongs. We are all members of the Body of Christ. The Serving Persons with Disabilities Ministry seeks to create an awareness of the needs of our parishioners with disabilities and to identify ways to increase belonging and inclusion at our parish.

We welcome members with disabilities, their caregivers, and anyone who feels called to help widen the welcome and the support of our members with any disability at any age. We strive to increase their participation at Mass and at all opportunities for community at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Ministry Leader Contact – Karen Babik, kbabik1@verizon.net

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How can I participate at
OLG Parish?

Everyone is welcome to join us for Mass and all liturgical celebrations. All parishioners are invited to join our various ministries.

We currently have members of all abilities in our various ministries including the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP), ushers, Knights of Columbus, Health and Wellness Ministry, Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) sports, choir, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Guardians of Guadalupe (help church with light cleaning) and more.

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American Sign Language Mass:

The sign language interpreted Masses at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church are on the first, second, third and fifth Sundays (when applicable) of the month at the 10:30 Mass.

 

Address:

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
235 East State Road

Doylestown, PA 18901

Accommodations for those with special requirements:
  • Assistive Listening Devices (more details below)

  • Pews that are inset to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs

  • Eucharistic ministers/priests to give communion

  • Low-gluten hosts

  • Livestreamed Sunday Mass and Weekday Mass

  • Travel assistance to Mass

  • Drop-off at curbside

  • Plentiful handicap parking

  • Elevator to choir loft and to second floor of Parish Life Center

  • Access to Parish Life Center from courtyard

  • Restroom accommodations (ADA)

  • The Saint Juan Diego Chapel in the church is a smaller room with a screen

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Assistive Devices for persons with hearing loss
or a voice, speech, or language disorder

The parish has assistive devices for parishioners to borrow during Mass to make it easier to hear the service. We have wireless devices available and they can be borrowed from an usher for the duration of the Mass to be returned at the end of the Mass.

The wireless device needs a headset to go along with it. These items connect to the wireless device and can be purchased with a $10 donation. The headset is kept by the parishioner and should be brought to Mass each week for use with the borrowed wireless device. Please see an usher if you wish to use an assistive device.

Low-Gluten Hosts Available

If you require a low-gluten host for you or a family member, please see an usher before Mass to arrange to receive a low-gluten host during the Eucharistic Devotion.

When it is time to receive Holy Communion, please go in line to receive from the priest who is celebrating Mass and let them know you need a low-gluten host.

Respite Care Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Get the help you need when you are in a meeting, in the hospital, on vacation or other events. All respite families have training to support adults with intellectual disabilities.
 

Call:

484-472-5068 or 484-472-5069, for more details.

 

Email:

dgdpcommunities.org

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Events & Programs
The Annual Archdiocesan Eucharistic Liturgy with Persons with Disabilities, The Deaf Community, Family, Friends and Caregivers

Archbishop Nelson Perez, Archbishop of Philadelphia will be the principal celebrant and homilist.  A light reception is held following the Mass. All are Welcome.

We encourage parish participation and individuals/parish groups to volunteer in assisting with all aspects of the Mass and reception. 
 

Spring - 2023

Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.

May is Mental Illness Awareness Month
Helpful Links

National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities:
ncpd.org

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Office for Persons with Disabilities:

opdarchphilly.org/catholic-league-for-persons-with-disabilities

 

Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Help-Line:

Do you need help accessing services and supports for someone with an intellectual disability or autism? The CSS Developmental Programs Help-Line is available to answer your questions.

Call:
1-484-472-5041

Email:
IDDhelp@chs-adphila.org


Monsignor Cry Room Article

Ministry Contact: Karen Babik

OLG: 215-348-4190

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National Catholic Partner on Disability
Autism Spectrum Disorder:
ncpd.org/disability-ministry/autism-spectrum-disorder

Universal Prayer for Autism:
opdarchphilly.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Autism-month-Petitions-4.2022.pdf