St. Francis Ministry – Special Needs Group

The focus of the special needs group shall be to provide spiritual support to the families of St. Maria Goretti with special needs members through  prayer, formation, information, and sense of community.

  • If you have a prayer request, please contact the Parish Office at (317) 896-3213 or submit it online -> Click Here
  • Want to help us Pray for those in need of God’s healing touch?  -> Click Here

We Are One Flock

God bless those who open doors;
With faith, with love, with knowledge
Assuring all your people may Worship here…

God bless those who welcome all your people 
To the celebrations and obligations
Membership within your Church

God bless those who feel excluded.
Give them faith, Give them love,
Give them knowledge of your welcome.

Open our hearts To move swiftly within your grace;
To hear your message in silent words;
To glimpse your glory beyond our sight;
To find your wisdom in simple truths;
To accept our weakness in Your strength.

Let us join Christ in breaking down those walls which separate us, one from another.


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What’s New – Free entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges for U.S. citizens with permanent disabilities.  http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm

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Resources:

http://www.in.gov/gpcpd/index.htm
The Governors Council for People with Disabilities

http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

http://www.aboutspecialkids.org/
ASK is your connection to family support in the state of Indiana

http://www.arcind.org/upload/assets/pdfs/helpfulresources/introductionto_indiana_medicaid_waiver.pdf
An Introduction to Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver Program for Home and Community Based Services

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Recommended Faith Based Books / Videos:

Amazing Gifts, Stories of Faith, Disability and Inclusion
— Mark Pinsky

I Believe in You, A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey
— Michelle Gianetti, R.N.

Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs
— David Rizzo

Raising Good Kids: Back to Family Basics
— Dr. Ray Guarendi

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
— Lisa M. Hendey

The Handbook for Catholic Moms
— Lisa M. Hendey

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Helpful Website Links

http://www.usccb.org/
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.ncpd.org/views-news-policy/policy/church/bishops/pastoral
Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities

http://catholicmom.com/family/special-needs-parenting 
Catholic Mom

http://www.prenatalpartnersforlife.org
Prenatal Partners for Life. Concerned parents (most of whom have or had a special needs child),

http://foryourmarriage.org/marriage-and-a-special-needs-child/
An initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops