If churches are looking for ways to welcome those with special needs, the Catholic Telegraph website offers solutions such as forming a community group for these families, provide visual aids and consider adaptive religious education models.
The first sensory-friendly mass in Dayton was hosted at St. Helen parish and there were 100 people in attendance. Now St. Helen will be hosting a community-wide gathering every six months for this group with Bishop Joseph Binzer in attendance.
Several other Dayton parishes have already committed to regularly scheduled sensory-friendly Masses, and the goal is to expand the ministry to other deaneries within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
In order to assist parishes in creating these opportunities to embrace the entire Body of Christ, the Office for Respect Life Ministries has created a variety of resources as well as a Facebook Support Group, @SpecialNeedsAoC.
Upcoming Sensory-Friendly Masses:
St. Francis of Assisi
6245 Wilmington Pike Centerville, OH 45459
Saturday, Aug. 3 (5 p.m.) Saturday, Sept. 7 (5 p.m.) Saturday, Oct. 5 (5 p.m.) Saturday, Nov. 2 (5 p.m.) Saturday, Dec. 7 (5 p.m.)
St. Albert the Great
3033 Far Hills Ave.
Dayton, OH 45429
Saturday, Aug. 10 (4:30 p.m.) Saturday, Oct. 12 (4:30 p.m.) Saturday, Dec. 14 (4:30 p.m.)
St. Henry Parish
6696 N. Springboro Pike Dayton, OH 45449
Sunday, Oct. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Community-wide Mass
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