Saginaw, Mich., Aug 3, 2018 / 02:01 am America/Denver (CNA).
A Disability Awareness Conference in Saginaw, Michigan this week encouraged parishes to create an inclusive and accessible environment for those with disabilities.
Peg McEvoy, the diocese’s Coordinator of Faith Formation and an organizer of the event, said the goal is to help foster relationships.
“More than just being welcoming, it’s about building belonging in the parish….people with disabilities are part of our community, they belong with us, they are part of our parish family,” McEvoy told CNA.
Held at Holy Spirit Parish in Saginaw on August 1, the event drew an estimated 170 participates from the diocese and other nearby states, including Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
The conference included Mass, talks, workshop sessions, and praise and worship. Workshop sessions discussed the newly revised “Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments for Persons with Disabilities,” released a year ago.