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“We are a single flock under the care of a single shepherd. There can be no separate Church for persons with disabilities.”

(Welcome & Justice, par.1)

Welcome to the Office for Persons with Disabilities

The Office for Persons with Disabilities resources the Diocese of Richmond to meet the pastoral and social needs of people with disabilities and raises awareness within the diocesan community of the gifts that people with disabilities have to offer to the larger Church.

Honoring the giftedness of people with disabilities was celebrated at the White Mass in six parishes throughout the diocese on the weekend of October 25-26, 2014. All six parishes hosting the White Mass reported a huge success! Here are some photos. Below see a slideshow of the masses.

From Msgr. Lane's homily at St. Benedict's White Mass - "Today you are our teachers. You teach that you are made in the image of God."

Comments from Deacon Adrian and Robin Marchi parents of a daughter who participated in the White Mass at Prince of Peace. "It was so wonderful to see all involved in the Mass. My daughter, Mary felt so special and we were so proud of her!"


Many of our parishes honored their veterans for Veterans Day

Recognizing Our Veterans – by Deacon Frank Roettinger, Coordinator of Pastoral Services, St. Bede Catholic Church.  

St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg is blessed to have a significant number
of military veterans and active duty military as parishioners. 

At the end of each Sunday Mass on 11/9, all veterans were asked to stand and were given a wonderful display of thankfulness and appreciation.  The veterans were also invited to attend the 9:00 AM morning Mass on Veterans Day 11/11/2014.  At the conclusion of that Mass, our pastor Monsignor Keeney invited all to walk in procession outside the church building to the grass circle where the American Flag is flown. 

Monsignor requested that all veterans step onto the grass circle where the National Anthem was sung by all.   Monsignor Keeney offered a prayer of blessing which included a petition requesting healing for any veterans suffering from service related injury.  There were veterans present from all branches of the military with active service in Europe, The Middle East, Southeast Asia and Korea. 

As a veteran myself, Vietnam War, I was truly touched.  A poll of those veterans I spoke with resounded in equal thankfulness for the recognition of their service to our country. 

(The Disability Office received Appeal Funding to develop a Veteran Pew Card which it distributes to parishes prior to Veterans Day.  St. Bede’s was just one of the many parishes who honored their veterans.) 

See the article White Mass Focus is on God's Gifts in the Catholic Virginian here.