Special Friends Kids
We regard special needs as
different abilities rather than disabilities.
Special Friends exists to help kids and students with special needs access our programs and ministries, while growing in
their friendship and knowledge of Christ in a safe and accepting environment, empowering caregivers to do the same.
In short, Special
Friends provides opportunities for access, growth, and care.
The spirit of Special Friends is one of inclusion; therefore, the ministry matches kids/students, who have special needs, with an adult or teenage
side-by-side "buddies" to help integrate the child/student into our programs and ministries.
Parents/Guardians - To ask questions or enroll your child in Special
Friends ministry click on the Inquiry Form below.
If you would like to
volunteer with Special Friends then click
Coming in 2017-2018
We are also developing a
unique inclusive and sensory-friendly "Special Friends Space" to help
those with special needs fully engage in the life of the church. Their
families and caregivers can attend Mass, knowing their loved ones are engaged in
a safe, fun program designed to help them learn about God and build friendships
with one another.
Special Friends Calming Kits
For individuals with autism,
developmental delays, sensory challenges, or other special needs, the
crowds, sounds, smells, and, lights of Mass can at times be overwhelming and
result in anxiety and upset. Five “Calming Kits” are now available near the
worship space to be used during Masses by parishioners and visitors who
experience distress due to sensory overload. Each kit contains a pair of
noise-reducing, adjustable earmuffs, a square of soft fleece fabric, a plastic
flexible fidget (washable and quiet), and individually-wrapped alcohol wipes for
cleaning the earmuffs. We hope that these kits will help these individuals to
stay and participate at Mass rather than leave seeking respite in the halls or
restrooms. Look for the kits as you enter the church in the vestry or ask one of
our Ministers of Hospitality. Simply take a kit and return it after Mass.