"... the Church owes persons with disabilities her best efforts in order to ensure that they are able to hear the Gospel of Christ, receive the sacraments, and grow in their faith in the fullest and richest manner possible."
-US Bishops' National Directory for Catechesis, p. 209
"It is essential that all forms of the liturgy be completely accessible to people with disabilities, since these forms are the essence of the spiritual tie that binds the Christian community together. The experiences and needs of individuals with disabilities vary, as do those of any group of people. For some ... special liturgies may be appropriate." -Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities, para. 23
An Adapted Liturgy is the Eucharistic Liturgy with special accommodations to enable the full participation of people with developmental disabilities or conditions that make it difficult for them to participate in their regular parish Mass. Such accommodation needs can include: simplified language for readings/homilies; concrete expression of abstract concepts (i.e. dramatizing the Gospel); adjustment for length of service (under an hour); choice of music with simple, repetitive verses; smaller, intimate worshiping community where it is possible for people to develop relationships of understanding and acceptance; openness, flexibility, acceptance of vocalizing or need to move around throughout the Liturgy.
There are currently several Adapted Liturgy communities in the Archdiocese of Portland. For information on the schedule of Adapted Liturgies, please see the Adapted Liturgy calendar.
To learn more about Adapted Liturgies, please contact the Office for People with Disabilities - 503-233-8399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.