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New pastoral document on helping people with disability

The Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life today launches a new pastoral document aimed at helping people with disability, and their families, to participate fully in parish life.

The document, titled I Have a Story, has been prepared by the Disability Working Party, convened by Trish and Glenn Mowbray in March 2002. Other members were Sr Jeanie Heininger sgs (Wollongong), Sr Veronica Hoey sgs (Melbourne) and Ms Trish Murdoch (Brisbane).

Mass will be celebrated at St Christopher's Cathedral, Canberra. Then Committee Chair Bishop Eugene Hurley will preside at the launch, assisted by Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll.

"Consultation was undertaken last year in every state and territory to survey people with a disability, their families and friends on how parishes can promote participation - what barriers exist and good news stories that demonstrate active participation in parish life," said co-convenor Trish Mowbray.

"We received 357 responses from right around Australia and are delighted that the document is now ready to go out to parishes where we hope that it will be taken up and brought to life within parish communities."

The booklets have been collated and packed by students with disability from the Black Mountain School in Canberra (pictured - Kristen Allen, Peter Mowbray, Geoffrey Swales). People with disability and their families will actively participate in the Mass and launch.

An electronic version of the document and an order form for the printed booklet, as well as versions in Braille, large print and audio cassette are available at the Bishops Conference website.

"I Have a Story" - Pastoral Document launched today (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 8/9/04)

I Have a Story - A pastoral document for parishes from the Bishops Committee for the Family and for Life (Download Page)
Bishops Committee For The Family And For Life

8 Sep 2004