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Sunday Mass for Persons with Disabilities

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Archdiocesan Mass for Persons with Disabilities. It is offered for the intention of persons with disabilities, the deaf community, their families, friends, and caregivers.
 
 
Sunday, April 25, 2021
 3:00 p.m.
 Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 Philadelphia, PA 19103
 
This celebration of the Eucharist seeks to embody the words of Pope Francis, “I pray that each person may feel God’s paternal gaze which affirms their full dignity and the unconditional value of their life.” Saint Christopher Parish Schola will be present to provide the liturgical music.
 
At the conclusion of Mass, Archbishop Pérez will present the One Body in Christ Award to three individuals and their ministries for exemplary work in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the life of the Church.
 
Jean Calvarese-Donavan & Divine Providence Village Team serve generously and compassionately to provide COVID-19 vaccines to their communities and the broader IDD/Autism communities throughout the region.
 
Dr. Steve McWilliams & Villanova University’s VUnited Team create innovative inclusive college programing to enhance the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities and for launching VUnited Scholars.
 
Principal Frank Tosti & the Schuller Family continue to promote inclusive Catholic School Education that fosters belonging so that all experience that we are "One Body in Christ."
 
The Mass is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Apostolate. All are welcome to attend and should RSVP by visiting www.opdarchphilly.org. Guests are asked to arrive by 2:45 p.m. and abide by social distancing and mask guidelines. Accessible on-site parking is available, and an outdoor reception will follow the Mass.
 
A livestream link with be available on the Archdiocesan website https://vimeo.com/event/17522 and Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/ArchbishopPerez/.

 

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