Rachel all ready for mass The answer is a qualified yes. From Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities Eucharist 19. The eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered, and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. It is the summit… Continue reading Can my autistic child receive communion?
When Rachel was preparing for her First Communion I created a couple tools to help her prepare. The first tool we created was “Rachel’s Jesus Book” and the second was a social story about attending mass and receiving Communion. Since Rachel was born she has attended religious services. First in the LDS Church and then… Continue reading First communion Social Story
If you have come here today because of the Adam Race story and are looking for other information about autism and Catholic life I have two other articles you might be interested in: Can My Autistic Child Recieve Communion Autism and Catholic Life image of St. Dymphna, patroness of nervous system disorders “I can’t discipline… Continue reading “I can’t discipline him out of his autism”
Being Catholic and the parent of an Autistic child has led to many questions that are unique to the parents of children with disabilities. “Should my child receive communion?”, “Does my child need Confession?”, “Is it a sin for us to miss Mass because of my child’s possible behavior?”, “Does the Church have any direction, programs, help for us?”. In order to help… Continue reading Autism and Catholic Life
Every so often I like to go through the searches that bring people to my little corner of the web and see just what people were looking for when the stumble in here. Which inevitably yields a fine selection of “Questions people weren’t afraid to ask but probably didn’t find an answer for.” at least… Continue reading Fun with user’s questions.
Eugene De Blaas — The Love Letter Every once in a while I like to go through the search terms people use to find this site to see what questions are being asked to lead people here. Funny enough sometimes I know that they won’t find the answer they are looking for in what I have… Continue reading Funny questions from the past few weeks.
In December of 2004 I sat down and wrote this in one sitting. I have left it as is except for minor editing for grammar and clarity. We had begun to see a new psychiatrist and to medicate Rachel for her autism after having been very resistant to that course. When I wrote this I thought I was at… Continue reading A Note from the Edge of the World
My Rachel Autism has been one of the most important forces shaping my life. It is also something I have written about on many occasions. Autism and being Catholic: Thank you – Two simple words can mean so much when said in the right way. Rachel tells us yet again how much she needs Jesus. A New… Continue reading Autism