26 April 2023

The Katharine Konnection

Kate’s Special Buddies is Coming Back!

Hello all,

This year has been incredible to witness. Easter brought more people than ever before (even more than pre-pandemic numbers) and many of our ministries are growing and flourishing because of parishioners like you. There are still a few ministries that for several reasons have not come back. One of those is our Kate’s Special Buddies Sunday morning ministry.

Prior to Covid we had 1-3 teens and young adults whose developmental and social circumstances precluded them from attending Mass (mainly level 3 ASD or formerly known as low functioning autism), and, as a result, their caretakers also had to stay home and were unable to attend Mass. Kate’s Special Buddies was a space for families to be able to bring their special needs family members but also have the caretakers attend Mass (sometimes on a rotating schedule since some of them also volunteered for the program themselves).

After we came back in person we couldn’t really accommodate this ministry at first because of restrictions, but we now have at least one teen whose family is interested in coming back. However, we need volunteers. This is a one-on-one program but there have to be at least 2 volunteers in the room which requires a high number of volunteers. This group meets at the 11 AM Masses only and does require registration.

Right now I am only looking for volunteers. We do not need experts in special needs (but some experience is preferred, but not mandatory) but patient people willing to spend time with these young individuals through some structured activity so that their caretakers can attend Mass. Ideally, we would make teams of people who would take turns so that a single person is not committing to being there every single weekend. To start I would like at least 4 adult volunteers to commit to about 2 weekends a month and 4 teen assistants to commit to one Mass a month. If you would like to find out more about this program and how to volunteer feel from to email me back. My hope is to get started in August but if we can start sooner that would be even better.

If you are the parent or caretaker looking for help feel free to contact me with questions. I am happy to start the conversation on how to help your family come to mass in a meaningful way.

God bless

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Ana Maria Alvarado

 

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