Our name comes from Psalm 139:16. We chose the name 139:16 because it fully acknowledges God’s sovereign hand in our lives: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” We don’t know how God will use the circumstances of our life, but we can rest in the knowledge that God knows everything about us and is directing our footsteps. Though His sovereign hand may seem hidden, He’s never absent.
“Persons with disabilities…are integral members of the Christian community. All persons with disabilities have the capacity to proclaim the Gospel and to be living witnesses to its truth within the community of faith and offer valuable gifts. Their involvement enriches every aspect of Church life. They [persons with disabilities] are not just the recipients of catechesis—they are also its agents.”
~ National Directory of Catechesis, Paragraph 49
St. Michael’s Ministry for People with Special Needs seeks to create vibrant parish and community programs where all are truly welcomed and invited to walk with Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
This Ministry helps provide access to faith through the reception of the Sacraments and participation in parish life.
These efforts often bring us into collaborative partnerships so that all people are valued and supported in their home, school, parish, place of employment and community.
Ministry programs are offered in multiple languages and supports are also in place in other formats for those with communication differences.
At St. Michael’s we help determine what the needs are for each person on a case-by-case basis, and work with each family to develop a plan that best suits them and their child.
We strive to have each person integrated into classes and activities with others at the same developmental level, not necessarily the same age level.
We desire to create a venue that meets the specific learning and social needs of each and every person that walks through the doors of St.Michael’s.
Multi-sensory activities and other techniques are utilized to create a learning atmosphere that is appropriate for the unique abilities of each person.
To enable us to better partner with your family, please fill out the form below. The Directer, Gwen Coffey, will contact you after receiving the information about your loved one so that we are certain we are partnering best with you.