Ministry for Catholics with DisAbilities


Often families are not prepared for the birth of a child with a disability or the development of impairments. Our pastoral response is to become informed about disabilities and to offer ongoing support to the family, and welcome to the child. Welcome and Justice for Persons with disabilities 1998, 9


Assisted by this same principle, the Ministry for Catholics with disAbilities derives three main guiding key words for our mission in serving Catholics with disAbilities: information, support, and welcome. These, in return, have given us a strong base for our general goals and objectives:

1. We will strive to create ways to inform ourselves and those we serve on persons with disabilities by using social media and training opportunities.

2. We will support parents and caregivers of persons with disabilities by creating online resources of available and existing services.

3. We will identify opportunities to welcome persons with disabilities to the Body of Christ through awareness and advocacy.


The Diocese of Sacramento Ministry for Catholics with disAbilities is an affiliate of the NCPD

Support/Resource Meeting for DRE/CREs

Support group for those providing faith formation & sacramental preparation to Catholic Children with disAbilities

1st Wednesday of every month at 10am on Zoom at

Sensory-Friendly Mass

The Diocese of Sacramento Ministry for Catholics with disAbilities will be hosting a Sensory-Friendly Mass at St. Clare Catholic Church in Roseville on Saturday, April 29 at 3:00 pm. Father George T. Snyder, Jr. will be presiding. A special invitation in extended to any person with sensory issues and their families. This Mass will include softer music, few songs, dimmer lighting, large print and pictorial resources for those with special needs, an extra short homily, and low-gluten Hosts. Families are encouraged to bring materials that can assist with comfort during the liturgy: noise cancelling headphones, wiggle seats, fidgets, etc.

Please, email Ana Barraza at with any questions. To receive more information, please fill out this Contact form:

Workshops (English/Spanish) -

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The Diocese of Sacramento Ministry for Catholics with disAbilities will be hosting a workshop for DREs, PCLs, catechists, and families with persons with disAbilities on persons with disAbilities: Autism at St. Peter Catholic Church in Dixon on Saturday, June 3, 2023 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (English) & 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (Spanish)  Free event.  Guest speaker: Amber Fitzgerald from Community Outreach at UCDavis Health Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  Contact Dcn. Kevin Staszkow or Ana Barraza at with any questions. Register here:

El Ministerio para Católicos con disCapacidades de la Diócesis de Sacramento ofrecerá un taller para directores, lideres pastorales, catequistas y padres de familia con personas con disCapacidad. Sobre personas con disCapacidad: Autismo en la Parroquia de St. Peter en Dixon, El sábado, 3 de junio de 1:30 pm a 3:30 pm (en español) de 10:00 am a 12:00 pm (en inglés)  Evento gratuito oradora invitada: Maribel Hernandez de Community Outreach de la Universidad de Davis Centro para la Excelencia en Discapacidades del Desarrollo.  Para cualquier pregunta, favor de contactar a Ana Barraza a la siguiente dirección de correo:  Inscripciones abiertas:



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“Parish catechetical and sacramental preparation programs may need to be adapted for some parishioners with disabilities, though, as much as possible, persons with disabilities should be integrated into the ordinary programs.” Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, General Principle 5


“Catholics with disabilities have a right to participate in the sacraments as fully as other members of the local ecclesial community.” ibid, 2

“All members of the faith community have a role to play in the invitation, welcome, and inclusion of people with disabilities.” ibid, 7


“Since the parish is the center of the Christian experience for most Catholics, pastors, and other parish ministers should make every effort to provide for all Catholics with disabilities who reside within a parish’s boundaries.” ibid, 4


“Sacred ministers cannot deny the sacraments to those who seek them at appropriate times, are properly disposed, and are not prohibited by law from receiving them.” Codex Iuris Canonici, 843, §1


“All persons with disabilities have gifts to contribute to the whole Church. When persons with disabilities are embraced and welcomed and invited to participate fully in all aspects of parish community life, the Body of Christ is more complete.” ibid, Conclusion.


St. Clare Parish 
Agnes Soria       
1950 Junction Blvd, Roseville, CA 95747

Divine Savior Parish
Jennifer Shaver
9079 Greenback Ln, Orangevale, CA 95662

St Joseph Parish
Dianna Noyes
280 Oak Tree Ln, Lincoln, CA 95648

St James Parish
Josephine Mislang
1275 B St, Davis, CA 95616

Holy Spirit Parish
Rachel Teresi
3159 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95818

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sidney Curry
4123 Robertson Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Sr. Linda Carandang, FDCC
1951 North Ave. Sacramento, CA 95838

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
Sr. Lisa Marie Doty, FDCC
 1019 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

St Anthony Parish
Christine Soriano
 660 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95831

St Ignatius of Loyola Parish
Fatima Aliva-Olsen
 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

St. John the Evangelist Parish
Joanne Giffard
5751 Locust Ave. Carmichael, CA 95608

St. Joseph Parish
Dc. Atonio Latu
1717 El Monte Ave, Sacramento, CA 95815

Good Shepherd Parish
Menchie Cabrera
 9539 Racquet Ct, Elk Grove, CA 95758

St Anthony’s Church
Catherine Baraneck
14012 Walnut Ave, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Holy Family Parish
Bonnie Johnson
7817 Old Auburn Rd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Holy Trinity Parish
Cynthia Mulcaire
3111 Tierra De Dios Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

St. John the Baptist Parish
Shannon Langer
307 Montrose Dr, Folsom, CA 95630

St. Joseph Parish
Daniel Olenschuck
1162 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603

Our Lady of Grace Church
Dena Serrano
911 Park Blvd, West Sacramento, CA 95691

St Michael Catholic Community, Travis Air Force Base - for military dependents only
Rogelio Olaes
200 Hackett Ave, Travis AFB, CA 94535

St. Dominic's Church
Dc. Errol Kissinger
475 E I St, Benicia, CA 94510

St Mary’s Parish
Martha Batres-Martin
350 Stinson Ave, Vacaville 95688

Holy Spirit Parish
Maria Obregon
1070 N Texas St, Fairfield, CA 94533

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
Diana Banasan
2700 Dover Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533

Holy Rosary Parish
Betty Contreras
505 California St, Woodland, CA 95695

St Patrick’s Church
Dc. Rick Soria
235 Chapel St, Grass Valley, CA 9594
Contact: Helen Albano,

Assumption Parish
Carol Fowler
10930 Alder Dr, Truckee, CA 96161

St Theresa Church
Danette Winslow, DRE
1041 Lyons Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150



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