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Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength. (Psalm 43:1-2, Entrance Antiphon for Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Special Needs

“…but Jesus said, Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’.”  (American Bible – Matt. 19:14)


 “Each of us is the result of a thought of God.  Each of us is willed, each of us is loved,each of us is necessary.”   (Pope Benedict XVI)


“Our work with people who live with a disability is not an issue of charity; it is an issue of justice.  We do not do anyone a favor by sentimentalizing people with disabilities and their caregivers.  Justice means recognizing people as having value.  Our society and culture is teaching that some people are disposable and despised because they are costly, inconvenient or require too much time.  We know that each person is made in God’s image, and has inherent dignity.”  (Janice L. Benton, Former Executive Director, National Catholic Partnership on Disability)



“All Are Welcome In This Place”

 (Marty Haugen, Ritual Song Book- #846)


Special Education Aides are often needed for our yearly faith formation sessions! Many children require general one-on-one assistance or direction.  If you have previously worked with children who have special needs or are knowledgeable about a specific condition, please consider joining our faith team. Contact Darlene Wieland, Special Education Coordinator, at   Aides are placed according to classroom need & experience after the class lists are completed each year, in mid-September.  We provide training & support for our volunteers.  Our experienced and knowledgeable catechists are also a great source of support for you if you choose to help.  Thank you for your consideration. 


Our Resources

We have a Special Education Coordinator who works collaboratively with staff and parents to ensure catechetical instruction of all children within the Faith Formation program.  Our program embraces the concept of Inclusion.  Children (PreK-8) with disabilities (physical/emotional/neurological) are welcome.  Physical accommodations and curriculum adaptation can be arranged. If your child's mobility is severely limited, i.e. if the child requires lifting or help moving about in a wheel chair, we ask that you arrange for an experienced support adult to attend sessions with him or her.


Inclusion Philosophy
If you have registered a child with special needs, please inform us by using the Special Needs Forms below. Give us as much information as you can so we are able to provide appropriate services and materials for your child. Please submit the completed forms before September 16, 2019. (611 S. Third St., Stillwater, MN 55082)


Sacrament of Confirmation Classes for Those with Special Needs (16+)

If you have questions regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation for young adults with special needs over 16, please contact:

Deacon Eric Gunderson or Sonya Flomo
Outreach to Persons with Disabilities
Office of Marriage, Family & Life
777 Forest Street
St. Paul, MN   55106
Phone:  651-291-4488


Young Adults with Special Needs Resources (Parishioner Contribution)

Renters Rights for People with Disabilities
Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood
Guide to Remodeling a Home for Adults with Special Needs
Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?
Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs