Committed to Making The Basilica Barrier Free
Access and Inclusion Ministry (AIM), formerly The Disability Awareness Ministry.
The Access and Inclusion Ministry's mission is to remove barriers that prevent the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families in parish life and in the community at large. We do this by ensuring that the Basilica is a welcoming and supportive environment for all.
We believe that all persons have multiple gifts to share. We also believe that a measure of spiritual and personal growth can come from the purposeful engagement of persons with apparent or with hidden disabilities. This engagement begins with opportunities to increase awareness leading to a realistic understanding of the nature of disabilities--it does not come from pre-conceived notions or from stereotypes portrayed in the media.
A barrier can be defined as anything:
1) serving to obstruct passage or to maintain separation, such as a fence or gate;
2) that prevents or obstructs passage, access, or progress; or
3) that separates or hinders union.
Guidelines for Sacraments for Persons with Disabilities from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
"An usher helped me with the listening device. He had me feel the device until I found the little wheel and then he had me practice moving the volume wheel. He uses the device himself so he was a very good teacher, and checked with me after Mass to see how it worked. As it turned out, I heard Father Bauer very well when he read the gospel and gave his homily. I could also hear the various speakers in the pulpit."
How you can help:
Help us accommodate your special needs by letting us know what you require to worship freely and participate fully in community life at The Basilica.
Let us know whenever you encounter a barrier blocking or impeding your worship, service, learning, or community life so that we may address the situation you experienced.
How to get involved:
If you would like to participate in the work of the Access and Inclusion Ministry contact Janet Grove.