Special Religious Education – SPRED Ministry
To integrate people with developmental disabilities into the faith and life of the church.
SPRED assists parishes in the Diocese of Oakland reach out and integrate children, teens and adults with special needs into the parish family.
Volunteer catechists play a vital role in assisting individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, severe cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy so they may grow spiritually among friends, receive ongoing faith formation and participate in the liturgical and community life of the church.
On September 29, 2013, Bishop Michael Barber presided over a very special Mass with SPRED Families at The Cathedral of Christ the Light. Through SPRED, Corwin (left) will receive his First Communion this Spring and newly confirmed Denise (right) can focus on the familiar sights, sounds and scents of Mass.
In Assisi, on the Feast of his namesake, Pope Francis embraced children with severe mental and physical disabilities, pronouncing that "These children are the very wounds of Jesus, they need to be listened to, and to be recognised."
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