Special Mass for Persons with Disabilities Hosted by Church of the Incarnation
The Church of the Incarnation welcomed more than 100 people with disabilities, as
well as their caregivers, from the Diocese of Dallas on Saturday, July 14. The congregation
included nearly 300 people as the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers
of the diocese celebrated their annual Mass at UD's campus chapel. Bishop Mark Seitz
'76, '80, '82, auxiliary bishop for the diocese, was the main celebrant, assisted
by Msgr. James Balint and pastor, Fr. Don Dvorak.
Co-coordinators of the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers, John
Aust and Melissa Waldon, encouraged many of the congregants with disabilities to receive
the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, following the homily. The sacrament, intended
for those who are seriously ill, brings healing and comfort.
According to Waldon, "We are all part of God's kingdom. It's important that we have
opportunities for inclusion where we can all share together in the Sacrament of the
Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations such as the Sacrament of the Anointing
of the Sick."
The Ministry to Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers travels to a different church
in the diocese each year, inviting their people to blend with the usual Saturday Mass
congregation, as a sign of unity in celebration of the Eucharist.