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Pastorial Outreach

Disabilities Ministry

1. Disabilities Ministry

Every person, regardless of their physical and mental abilities, has the right to a full life in the Church and deserves the support of parishes and church staff. The Diocese of Joliet is an inclusive diocese, and we believe in including everyone in the ministries and programs offered at our parishes.

Evangelization and Catechesis

Our parishes work together with families to discuss appropriate modifications to programs and initiatives and discern what is best for each disabled individual. All children/youth are welcome to participate in religious education and learn more about their faith and preparing for sacraments. The USCCB Guidelines for Sacraments with Persons With Disabilities clearly states that no matter how severe the disability, everyone has the right to receive sacraments.

For more information on special needs programming, please contact your local parish or reach out to:

Renata Cichowicz
Pastoral Outreach Lead
Phone: (815) 221-6245


Events and Programs

Please see below for events and programs that serve those with disabilities.

For more resources and events for the deaf and their loved ones, please contact the Deaf Apostolate at (815) 221-6250 or

2. Disabilities Ministry [Accordion]

The Diocese of Joliet invites those living with disabilities to gather together to celebrate a special affirmative liturgy together. The Mass is followed by a luncheon.

The next Mass for persons with special needs will take place on Oct. 1, 2023 at St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Plainfield.

There are signed and interpreted Masses for the deaf community that are offered in the diocese each month.

Signed Masses:

An interpreted Mass takes place at Christ the King Parish in Lombard every week at 10 a.m. For additional parishes that offer an interpreted mass, please contact Renata Cichowicz, pastoral outreach lead, at (815) 221-6245 or

Learn more at Deaf Apostolate of the Diocese of Joliet