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Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

7075 Ashworth Road

West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Opening Our Eyes and Ears: An event supporting the Deaf and Special Needs Communities in Our Parishes.



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8:00-8:30 Welcome/ Opening Prayer

8:30-9:30 Keynote Address

  • “Ways for Parishes to Welcome and Include People with Disabilities and their Families”
    • o David and Mercedes Rizzo- Authors, Bloggers and Parents to a Child with Special Needs

9:30-9:45 Break

9:45-10:30 Break-Out Sessions

  • Priests and Parish Staff: “Beauty of Special Needs Ministry”
    • o Mary O’Meara Executive Director of the Department of Special Needs Ministries at the Archdiocese of Washington
  • Families: Balancing Children, Marriage, and Self Care in a Special Needs Family
    • o David and Mercedes Rizzo

10:45-11:15 Large-Group Question and Answer Session

  • Facilitated by Mary O’Meara

11:15-12:00 Mass

  • Celebrated by Father Paul Zirimenya (in ASL) of the Archdiocese of San Francisco


For questions please call the St. Joseph Educational Center at 515-222-1092

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