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Bishop's Appeal helps parishes and parents to include all believers
|SIGNING MASS: Fr. Don Zerkel of the Milwaukee Archdiocese signs Sunday Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Green Bay. Susan Perrault, diocesan consultant for ministry to persons with disabilities, helps parishes arrange such services. (Rick Evans photo)
Third in a Bishop's Appeal series
By Joanne Flemming
A child was preparing for First Communion. But there was a challenge. The child was tube-fed.
What to do?
Call Susan Perrault. The diocesan consultant for ministry to persons with disabilities worked with the parish and the family to prepare the child for Communion. During the process
the parents indicated that the child could swallow if the Eucharist was placed on the back of his tongue.
Perrault suggested the parish order one of the long-handled spoons used for Communion in Eastern Rites and "Father practiced taking a bit of the cup" and giving it to the child, she said.
The parish gave the child the spoon as a First Communion present. When his mother brings him for weekly Eucharist, she gives the spoon to the Communion minister.
"It's perfectly OK not to do things the same way everyone else does," Perrault said, who describes her job as assisting "Catholic parishes, schools and programs in the appropriate inclusion of persons with disabilities."
She helps on a case by case basis, usually beginning with a call from a family asking for assistance in involving a child or adult with disabilities in faith formation and worship. Full story ...
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