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April 19, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA HOSTS ANNUAL MASS
FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities. Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Cistone, Vicar for Administration, will be the celebrant. The Mass is sponsored by The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Department of Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities, which is committed to creating access for people with all abilities to the life of the Church.

The homilist will be Reverend Monsignor Louis Marucci, D.Min., who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis shortly after his ordination to the priesthood in 1987. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities. Monsignor Marucci serves as Pastor of Saint Vincent Pallotti Parish and is Director of Development in the Diocese of Camden.


Sunday, April 21, 2002
2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


Volunteers from area Catholic high schools and colleges will assist with accommodating individuals with different abilities at the Mass. The volunteers will be trained prior to the Mass on issues regarding disabilities, particularly etiquette for assisting people with physical, sensory, emotional and developmental needs. Everyone is welcome to attend and participation is encouraged among individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and care givers.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

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