Saint Bernadette Hosts Inclusive Easter Mass
On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Saint Bernadette Parish welcomes families with special needs to an Inclusive Easter Mass at 7 PM. The wheelchair accessible church is located at 5930 South Abbott Rd. in Orchard Park. Father Joe Wolf, celebrant, will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 6 PM. Sister Conchetta LoPresti OSF will interpret the Mass through American Sign Language. The Mass will be live-streamed on Saint Bernadette’s Facebook page.
The Mass offers a shorter, less crowded worship setting allowing people to move freely as needed. The lighting will be dimmer, the music soothing and low gluten hosts will be available.
After attending in 2019, Philip Reyes shared, “ I am an autistic teen who attended the inclusive Easter Mass. I felt very welcome. I saw a few of my friends there. It was very nice to see others like me there. I didn’t feel out of place for being fidgety or making noise. People were friendly and accepting. I enjoyed the Mass.”
This event is sponsored by the Open Doors Ministry which advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities into the life of the parish. Questions may be directed to Sharon Urbaniak at 716-648-1720 extension 3 or [email protected] or Paula Potteiger at 716-649-1051 or [email protected]