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Welcoming each other back to Mass

Additional Resources

General Liturgical Catechesis Resources

The Mass: Structure and Parts – USCCB

A basic explanation of the Eucharistic liturgy easily shared with anyone who wants to know more about “why we do what we do.”

Learning About Mass – USCCB

Handouts that can be shared digitally or reprinted in parish publications on various topics

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Q&A – USCCB

Answers to basic questions about the Real Presence from the U.S. Catholic Bishops

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy – Liturgy Training Publications

A multi-part video series with discussion guides on the foundational document for Roman Catholic worship

The Mass – Bishop Robert Barron

View the first episode for free

From Mass to Mission – Liturgy Training Publications

A resource for parishes to encourage the faithful to participate in Mass through videos, discussion groups, leaders’ guides, and more; for children and adults.

Joyful Little Catholics

Local publisher of little books for the youngest Massgoers among us

Imbued With the Spirit of the Liturgy – Liturgy Training Publications (Rev. Joshua Brommer)

A simple booklet and supporting resources reflecting on ten key insights from the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, available in both English and Spanish.

The Lamb’s Supper: The Bible and the Mass – Dr. Scott Hahn

A look at the liturgy through the lens of Sacred Scripture

Accessibility Resources for Persons with Disabilities

Church Documents

Pastoral Statement of the US Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities– USCCB

The bishops renew the Church’s call to minister to the needs of persons with disabilities in the United States.

Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities– USCCB

A framework of access and inclusion presented in simplified form.

Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities– USCCB

These guidelines reflect growth in knowledge and understanding of the gifts and needs of individuals in parish communities who live with disabilities and their desire for full participation in the sacramental life of the Church.

Opening Doors to Welcome and Justice: A Parish Guide– NCPD

Create welcoming and accessible parishes using the information and suggestions in this resource from the experts at the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. The guide contains resources to help a parish evaluate its efforts to welcome parishioners with disabilities and gather better information about disabled parishioners.

Accessibility Resources

Accessible Design– Archdiocese of Cincinnati 

Accessible Design is the process of creating or modifying an environment so that is can be welcoming to all people. We are called through our Catholic faith to reach out to all of God’s children and to create an environment that is accessible to people of all abilities. The importance of thoughtful and careful planning for any ministry cannot be overemphasized. Planning should likewise be approached with creativity and openness.

Sensory-Friendly Mass– Archdiocese of Cincinnati

In an effort to embrace and welcome the members of our church with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has begun hosting Sensory-Friendly Liturgies. These Masses include lower lights, softer music, scripture from the Children’s Lectionary, and shorter more literal homilies; however, the biggest difference is that we try to create an environment free of stigma. We encourage families and individuals to get up and move if needed, to bring alternative seating, fidgets or noise cancelling headphones, and to participate in the liturgy just as they are.

Interpreter Services for Deaf Catholics– Archdiocese of Cincinnati

To provide access to the liturgy for Deaf Catholics, parishes should consider offering ASL Interpreting consistently during Mass and other faith formation opportunities.  Providing ASL at one specific Mass time and on Holy Days can provide Deaf Catholics with access to the faith in their own language.  Click above for a list of certified interpreter services for the different regions across the Archdiocese.

Blindness & Vision Loss– Archdiocese of Cincinnati

This page provides resources about how to best meet the needs of persons with blindness and vision loss.  These resources include large print missals, free braille resources, and audio format materials.  It also provides suggestions for parishes regarding transportation needs.