Dear Editor: Thank you for your excellent coverage of the Mass of Inclusion for People with Disabilities and the Deaf that was celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica on Sunday, June 4.
Antonina Zielinska’s article (June 10) captured the joy and enthusiasm of all who celebrated the Mass and enjoyed the Resource Fair and breakfast – hosted by Council No. 60 of the Knights of Columbus – that followed. She is to be commended for her excellent reporting.
The Mass was one of a series of regional inclusion Masses in Brooklyn and Queens sponsored by Catholic Charities and by Parish Advocates for People with Disabilities in that area. As the article noted, another Mass of Inclusion will be celebrated at noon on Sunday, June 25, at St. Mark’s in Sheepshead Bay.
In addition to Masses of Inclusion, parish advocates assist their own pastors in striving to remove or ameliorate physical and other barriers in order to more fully include parishioners with special needs in the sacramental and community life of the parish.
If your parish does not have an advocate for people with disabilities – or even if it does – consider offering to help your pastor in this work. Training is available through Catholic Charities.
Editor’s Note: Philip Murray is the Parish Advocate for People with Disabilities at St. Charles Borromeo parish, Brooklyn Heights.