Kelsey Bell
Kelsey Bell

A January event will help parish staff and volunteers learn how to put Pope Francis’ message for International Day of Persons with Disabilities into action and to better serve individuals with disabilities in their parishes.

“My hope and prayer is that this begins an ongoing conversation about how parishes are a place of belonging and participation for everyone,” said Kelsey Bell, director of the Archdiocese of Portland Office for People with Disabilities.

Participants may attend the online offering Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 10-11 a.m. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided. The event is a collaborative effort of the Portland and Seattle archdioceses and several dioceses in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Parish volunteers and staff will lead the discussion and address a range of issues, including how to help youth group teens who sometimes struggle with social interactions, seniors who may have dementia, and children in sacramental prep classes who have a difficult time reading or comprehending material. Participants also are encouraged to note topics they’d like to have covered via the registration form.

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Direct questions to Kelsey Bell, director of the Archdiocese of Portland Office for People with Disabilities, at 503-233-8399 or kbellarchdpdx.org; register at go.sentinel.org/2W0l9gO.