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Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will celebrate a low-sensory Bilingual Confirmation Mass on September 7th at 4pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Warsaw, IN. The directives outlined in the 2017 Revised Edition of the “Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities”, state "All baptized Catholics who possess the use of reason may receive the Sacrament of Confirmation...Persons who because of intellectual or developmental disabilities may never attain the use of receive can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and should be encouraged either directly, or, if necessary, through their parents to receive it." This special Mass has been requested by parents – many who thought that their child could not or did not need to receive this sacrament (or others) because of their disability.
For the child to participate, the parent or guardian must first contact their pastor. While it is not mandatory that a child receives sacramental preparation, each child has the right to have the appropriate formation according to his or her needs and abilities. Once the pastor completes the "Certificate of Confirmation" form, he will direct the family to speak with Lourdes Silva in the Office of Hispanic Ministry or Allison Sturm in the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, who will ensure that the necessary accommodations are provided during the Mass for each child to have meaningful participation in this sacrament. The pastor must be contacted by August 1st so that there is time to plan accordingly.
Options for 7th & 8th grade students: Any 7th and 8th grade student, with a disability, currently preparing for this sacrament will have the choice of making their Confirmation at this special Mass or joining their classmates at the Confirmation Mass scheduled at their parish in 2019-2020.
If your child has not made his or her first Holy Communion, please speak with your pastor. As outlined in the 2017 Guidelines "A person needs only to distinguish the body of Christ from ordinary food,' even if this recognition is evidenced through manner, gesture, or reverential silence rather than verbally...Cases of doubt should be resolved in favor of the right of the Catholic to receive the sacrament."
We look forward to sharing in this joy with families as they celebrate the sacramental life of their children.