As it continues to promote inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) into church life through sensory-friendly Masses, the Bethesda Catholic Community will begin monthly Masses in the Central Vicariate on Sunday, May 19 at St Paul’s RC Church, Couva. Masses will be scheduled every third Sunday in the month at 11 a.m.
A media release from Bethesda stated, “For families with PwDs attending regular Mass can be quite challenging, but with this sensory-friendly Mass, which is approximately 30-40 minutes long, the congregation sits throughout, and please don’t worry about behaviour, those with disabilities—both children and adults, are free to move around.” Parishioners and those interested in a church experience which is sensitive to PwDs are welcome to attend.
“Sensory-friendly Masses have been a great source of encouragement and support to families and their PwDs, but greater support and awareness is needed as Church” the release stated.
To help understand the needs of PwDs and to assist at regular Masses or parish events Bethesda will be hosting a one-day training workshop for volunteers and catechists. It takes place April 27 at the Couva Parish Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In other news, Bethesda will be hosting one of the workshops at this year’s Liturgy School. Participants will have an opportunity to grow in their understanding of PwDs and how participants as Church can assist with faith formation especially First Communion and Confirmation.
Sensory-friendly Masses are currently held at Holy Trinity RC Church in Arouca every second Sunday at 11:15 a.m. All are welcome. Persons wishing to contact Bethesda can call Saira Joseph-La Foucade at 297–8140, or Carlene Medera at 352–2141. Please like their Facebook page @BethesdaTT