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How to Form A Belonging Group at Your Parish

 



Promotion

The Ministry with Persons with Disabilities can create promotional materials that carry the same branding as the diocesan materials but will feature your parish and contact information.



   

Suggested Meeting Format

(Signage – post signs the night (or day) or the meeting that clearly marks where people should enter. Have a greeter to welcome people outside, open the door, or to provide assistance) 

                       Prayer for Inclusion offered by the National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities  (NCPD) www.ncpd.orgwww.ncpd.org

Creator God, we are your people.  We look to the future with optimism and with faith in You as we pursue our call to provide justice and fullness of life for all people with disabilities. We pray that every man, woman and child may develop their potential and meet You in themselves and in one another. May we enjoy a totally welcoming community with You as our center, joined hand in hand with our sisters and brothers.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen

After the closing prayer, invite the people who indicated that they are interested in forming a group to set up the next meeting. (If this particular day of the week and time worked well, schedule it for the same time slot – maybe a week, two weeks, or a month later).

Next Steps

The response of the people who attend this initial meeting will provide you with some guidance about what to do next. 

If you have people interested in forming a group:

Suggested Agendas for future meetings (1 hour to 1 and 15 minutes)

What if no one comes to the “Belonging” informational meeting or is not interested in forming a group dedicated to working with people with disabilities at your parish? If you are interested, you have the opportunity to make a difference at your parish.

Appreciative Inquiry – In simple terms, this process helps a parish to identify what they are doing well, ways to build on these areas, consider what areas need attention, and how the parish goes about implementing a plan to make it happen.











































































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