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Special Religious Education Mass to honor Mary, celebrate life

All faithful are invited to the annual Archbishop’s Mass for Special Religious Education this April when families will gather to celebrate Mary, mother of the Church.

Every year the Archdiocese of Denver holds the packed Mass for hundreds of families and those with special needs to nurture their faith and honor life.

A previous year's Special Religious Education Mass for those with special needs.
A previous year’s Special Religious Education Mass for those with special needs. Denver Catholic File Photo

Father Roland Freeman, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Special Religious Education and Pastoral Care, will celebrate the Mass 2:30 p.m. April 19 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception downtown.

The Mass is part of the office’s ministry to recognize the dignity and develop the faith in persons with special needs.

“Realizing all persons are called to be full members of the body of Christ, the ministry facilitates the development of the Catholic faith and its sacramental life through education, nurture and presence,” Sister of Loretto Mary Catherine Widger, co-founder of the program and associate director since inception, told the Denver Catholic.

Ministry participants will honor Mary, whose image will be depicted by an 8-foot figure placed near the altar, and present their own art projects during the Mass. Each of the eight parish-based special religious education programs and other area special needs groups will present an art project in a procession.

After Mass, participants may gather for a reception in the lower level of the Cathedral Basilica.

For more information, contact the office at 303-934-1999.

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