Special Needs & Nugent Care

Welcome to Holland reflection Powerpoint

Thanks to Mary Beetham for this beautiful powerpoint reflection on the poem:

Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley (c) Emily Perl Kingsley 1987 All Rights Reserved.

This poem is a moving reflection on raising a child with special needs. It can be shown along with soothing instrumental music, such as a recording of Pachabel's Canon or with someone reading the poem along with the slides.

A Nugent Care Flyer

This flyer summarises all that Nugent can do to support children in the school and parish with Sacramental Catechesis. 

Contacts at Nugent are Sister Eleanor Dalton and Mary Beetham 0151 261 2011.

Nugent catechesis page

An excellent resource from L'Arche

L'Arche has kindly shared this excellent and comprehensive resource about prayer with people with special needs. The resource is written from the point of view of L'Arche community life but has wonderful and creative ideas anyone can use in prayer with children, young people and adults.

Here is a shorter summary version.

Inclusive prayer resources welcome all those in our parish communities and give opportunities to pray together meaningfully. 

Resource to teach sign language prayers

Here is the cover of an excellent book A Child's Book of Signed Prayers from the Catholic Deaf Association UK.  The back cover includes information about how to order the resource.

Special Needs Statement

Inspired by Gospel values the Archdiocese of Liverpool is committed to promoting the dignity and well being of the most vulnerable.  We strive to put the needs of people with disabilities at the heart of everything we do and make every effort to be a fully inclusive and welcoming community. We celebrate and value the uniqueness of each person made in the image and likeness of God and provide spiritual and pastoral support to enable people with disabilities to explore and share their gifts and faith in a relaxed and caring environment.

• Sacramental preparation is offered to children and adults using a person-centred approach. Working in partnership with parents, parish and special schools, support and help is given to each family. With the help of a volunteer or catechist guidance can be provided for children with disabilities within the parish sacramental programme. Accompaniment has been provided for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation and Marriage.

• Opportunities for on-going faith formation are offered in the form of reflection days and week-end retreats. Parents and children find a sense of belonging and support in Faith & Light groups. A sense of community is built up at the monthly meetings and visits to other communities broaden the interest and contacts for children and adults alike.

• Local groups sponsor children and adults with disabilities on Lourdes pilgrimages every year.

• Working in collaboration with the Brothers of Charity in Thingwall Hall, Lisieux Hall, L’Arche and all the social clubs run by Nugent in the Diocese, an annual celebration of Mass for and with people with disabilities is held on the first Sunday of October every year.

• In schools we promote and raise awareness of the needs of people with disabilities.

• We dedicate ourselves to creating Catholic communities where all are welcome and where everyone belongs to the Body of Christ.

For more information, please contact Sr Eleanor Dalton, Nugent, 99 Edge Lane, Liverpool L7 2PE
tel (0151) 261-2000 https://www.wearenugent.org/contact  or see the website https://www.wearenugent.org/  

MP3 and Large print editions of the Communion resource are available on request. These editions are for children, parents/carers and catechists.  Contact Eleanor Lalley at e.lalley@rcaol.co.uk or 0151 522 1047.

Pope Benedict XVI in Sacramentum Caritatis

Pope Benedict on catechesis for all in Sacramentum Caritatis:

Particular attention needs to be given to the disabled. When their condition so permits, the Christian community should make it possible for them to attend the place of worship. Buildings should be designed to provide ready access to the disabled.

Finally, whenever possible, eucharistic communion should be made available to the mentally handicapped, if they are baptized and confirmed: they receive the Eucharist in the faith also of the family or the community that accompanies them. (178)

Jesus spoke to them... 'and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' (Matthew 28:20)

Parents '...will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  May they also be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do...' (Rite of Baptism)

Special Needs & Nugent
'Christian families are missionary families, in their everyday life, in their doing everyday things...'  Pope Francis
A DVD for parishes and schools