Spred Centers belong to the parish.
Experience has shown that when necessary resources are available
a parish is able to gather a sufficient number of its members
who form a small community of faith, a community of adult believers
to welcome those with developmental disabilities
and to grow in faith with them
as preparation for their participation in the worship experiences
of the parish community.
ANIMATION We help people in local Churches to become aware of the needs of persons with developmental disabilities. We show them how SPRED can assist them in responding to their needs. With the support of the parish leader, we prepare them to take the necessary training.
MATERIALS for catechesis with the total community and preparation sessions for the catechist community.
Opportunities for OBSERVATION as a learning tool for parish leaders, families, prospective volunteers, catechists.
TRAINING courses Training can be taken for graduate and undergraduate credit depending on the approval of the college or university. Workshops, seminars and reflection weekends are offered throughout each Year.
We promote and support area COORDINATION.
SPRED FAMILY LITURGIES at the SPRED Center chapel as a way of modeling for parish leaders, catechists and families, the meaningful ways of participation for persons with developmental disabilities.
A monthly NEWSLETTER, a reflection on the experience of SPRED ministry .
September 2019 Spred provides the opportunity to experience faith.
October 2019 In Spred, no one journeys alone. Together we live our faith.
December 2019 Julie Hess describes her journey in life, in Spred ministry.
February 2020 God's presence - Relationships - Stillness
May 2020 Observation, the best way to learn, to be inspired by the gift of the Holy Spirit.
September 2020 Breathing together, protecting the rights of all, being one in Spirit
October 2020 Sacred sharing of stories builds community on our spiritual journey.
November 2020 Greetings from the new Spred Executive Director.
December 2020 We live in the Light - gathered together - Spred - a spiritual home
January 2021 The New Directory for Catechesis