Disciples in Action

A Home For All: An Accessible, Inclusive Parish

Can our community be more consciously inclusive and sensitive to people with all types of disabilities who wish to join us for worship?

On October 30, 2010, Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church was pleased to host a workshop titled "A Home For All: An Accessible, Inclusive Parish" dedicated to understanding and learning how to welcome and support people with disabilities and special needs and their families to the community of faith.  Presentations by Parishes_Move_from_Accessible_to_InclusiveKelly Schmidt and Steve Sumpter helped us understand how to be welcoming to people with all types of disabilities.

Click here to view Steve Sumpter's presentation and click here to listen to Kelly Schmidt's weekend Mass homily.

As the Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities teaches us:  “The Church that Jesus founded would surely have been derelict had it failed to respond to His example in its attention to people with disabilities. It remains faithful to its mission when its members become more and more a people of the Beatitudes, a people blessed in their meekness, their suffering, their thirst for righteousness.”  To read the complete Pastoral Statement, click here.


Kelly Schmidt is a chaplain and social worker at the Center for Medical Fragile Children at Providence Child Center in Portland, Oregon.  Prior to her work at the Center for Medical Fragile Children, Kelly served as Pastoral Associate at Ascension Catholic Church in Portland.


Steve_SumpterSteve Sumpter, MS,CTRS, CAMS1, is the Clinical Program Director for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Mental Health Center. He has worked in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation for over 30 years. Steve oversees the Rehabilitation Services and Partial Hospital Programs.  The programs provide a variety of treatment inventions designed to remediate, and restore the functioning skills of the patients who are admitted to the Mental Health Center. Patients are treated for Major Depression, Bipolar Illness, Schiophrenia, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Personality Disorders, and Substance Abuse.