Mass for people with disabilities is 3 p.m. Sept. 11

| August 31, 2011 | 1 Comment
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Shelly Johnston does a reading during the annual Archdiocesan Mass for Persons with Disabilities Sept. 12, 2010 Photo by Gina Dolski / The Catholic Spirit

Monica and Patrick Duffy have taken their children — Colleen, 10, who has Down syndrome; Kevin, 11, and Rachel, 8 — to the annual Archbishop’s Mass for Persons with Disabilities for the past five years.

This year will be no different, Monica said, although some people may attend a memorial service elsewhere because of the 9/11 anniversary. The Mass begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in St. Mary’s Chapel at the St. Paul Sem­in­ary in St. Paul with Bishop Lee Piché.

Monica first heard about the annual Mass in the Sunday bulletin at St. Charles Borromeo in St. An­tho­ny, where the Duffys are parishioners.

“It’s an event filled with joy and it’s so nice to see other families that I feel such a connection with,” she said. “The biggest delight for us at the Mass is to see people receiving the sacraments — sometimes that’s a struggle for some families.”

An additional benefit of the Mass, is getting together with Joan and Deacon Sean Curtan, who is director of the archdiocesan Outreach to Persons with DisAbilities, she said. Statistically, there are almost 80,000 Catholics with disabilities in the archdiocese, Duffy said.

“Hopefully, [the Mass] has and will continue to spark further interest in making connections between families and interest in helping Deacon Sean and Joan with their outreach,” she said.

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