By Mary Anne Russo

Office of Faith Formation

Inclusion Awareness Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday of October. This gives us an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to include persons with disabilities in our worship and programs throughout the diocese, even as we strive to make our churches more accessible. Grants to accomplish better accessibility can be requested from Pathways Awareness Foundation. Information about applying for these Open Hearts Awards can be found at

Our celebration of Inclusion Awareness begins with a Liturgy and Luncheon at St. Thomas More Church in Hauppauge on September 27th at 11:30 a.m. for adults with special needs. We join with parishioners at St. Thomas More and acknowledge that there is no separate Church for persons with disabilities. We are a single flock which follows one Shepherd! Reservations are necessary for the luncheon and can be made at Call Mary Anne Russo at 516-678-5800 ex 540 for more information.

Celebrate Inclusion Awareness by adding a petition to the Universal Prayers, such as:

For our parishioners with disabilities, that they may continue to be welcomed with the hospitality of Jesus, we pray to the Lord.

Together let us all serve the Lord with joy!


Monthly Fall Masses for Children/Persons with Special Needs

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Centerport: Once a month from September through June. Call Kevin at 631-754-9045 for information.

St. John of God, Central Islip: first Sunday of the month at 4 P.M. in the chapel. Call Father Chris or Carmen at
631-234-6535 for information.

St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square: 3rd Saturday at 3 P.M. in the Sienna Center. Call 516-352-0146 to confirm that morning. Call Maureen at 516-352-0146 ex 412 for information.

St. Anne, Garden City: 5 P.M. on one Saturday a month in parish center. Call Linda at 516-352-5904 for information.

St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays: third Saturday at 3P.M.
Call 631-728-9461 for information.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst: first Saturday of the month at 4 P.M. in the Parish Center. Call 631-226-7725 for information.

Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon: second Sunday of the month at 1:30 the church from September through May. Call Lorraine at 631-587-5426 for information.

St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa: second Saturday at 4 P.M. in the auditorium. Call 516-798-4992 or for information.

St. Agnes, Rockville Centre: third or fourth Saturday at 5P.M. in Msgr. Melton Hall, lower level. Call 766-0205 or email for information.

Maria Regina, Seaford: third Sunday of the month at 3:30pm in the chapel beginning in October. Call 516-798-2415 for information.

St. James, Setauket: second Saturday at 2 P.M. Call 631-941-4141 for information.

Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park: fourth Saturday of the month at 6:30 P.M.  beginning October 25th.  Call Christine at 516-352-0510 for information.