Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The family is where we begin our journey through life. We learn to love, to celebrate, to forgive, to share joys and support each other. Families have their own unique celebrations and rituals that are rich in storytelling and traditions. Celebrations and rituals add to the life and substance of the family, they build bonds and deepen relationships.
The same is true for our journey in faith. Families are the place where we learn about Jesus Christ through stories from scripture, experiencing the liturgical cycle and sacramental life through community, symbols and rituals. It is through our family’s example and teaching that we learn about Jesus Christ. The next place of learning, alongside the family, is the parish where catechists and the Catholic school assist and provide support in the ongoing faith formation of the child and family. An essential part of this faith formation is preparation for and celebration of the sacraments.
We have addressed these webpages to families, clergy and parish leaders. It offers guidance and resources to parishes on sacramental preparation and celebration for people with disability and for their families and carers.
We also acknowledge the many people who have contributed to these webpages. The resources are free and we ask you to acknowledge the authors of the resources if noted.
We are called to be inclusive parishes that warmly welcome and acknowledge people with disability and their families on the journey of faith. Let us become communities where the presence of Jesus Christ is recognised in everyone, where we can all participate and journey together in the rich life of our Church.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Bishop Terence J Brady DD
Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney