Thursday, November 17, 2011
“One Body in Christ” – Release of a New Resource for Welcoming People with Disability
The Australian Catholic Disability Council and the Disability Projects Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have released today a new resource for parishes and Church communities called One Body in Christ, Welcoming People with Disability.
This parish resource kit is beautifully designed and contains a number of excellent resources for those working with people with disability. It is useful for clergy, religious, pastoral councils, teachers, parishioners and anyone who has an interest in welcoming people with disability
Mrs Patricia Mowbray, Disability Projects Officer, managed the project with the assistance of the Australian Catholic Disability Council.
Mrs Mowbray explained that, “The Shamrocks collated and packed the kits ready for posting to every Catholic parish in Australia.” The Shamrocks is a small social enterprise that promotes work-ready skills and social opportunities for people with intellectual disability. “Their engagement in this project is a testament to the Church’s commitment to the full participation of people with disability,” she said.
Inside the kit, there is an updated version of the pastoral document for parishes, I Have a Story, which the Bishops Conference first published in 2004.
The kit also includes the book, We Have a Story, which tells the stories of people with disability in Catholic parishes across the country.
There is a new check list that parishes and other Church agencies can use to reflect on how they welcome people with disability and how they can respond.
Bishop Terry Brady, Bishops Delegate for Disability Issues, said, “My hope is that this kit will encourage parishes to confidently strive forward in becoming faith communities that gladly welcome people with disability and their families, recognising in all the presence of Jesus Christ and empowering all to evangelise and tell their Good News.”
One Body in Christ, Welcoming People with Disability, is available for $20 by contacting the Secretariat for Pastoral Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6201 9850.
More information about the kit and how the Church can welcome people with disability is available from the Disability Projects Office at email@example.com or 02 6201 9868.