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May 13, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE ANNUAL MASS
FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

APPROXIMATELY 1000 PEOPLE EXPECTED TO ATTEND


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities. The theme for this year's Mass is Celebrating Welcome and Access. The Mass is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Department of Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities, which together with parishes and affiliated church organizations, is committed to raising awareness and creating access to the life of the Church for people with all abilities.

Sunday, May 16, 2004
2:00 p.m. Prelude
2:30 p.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


The Prelude music just prior to the entrance procession will be performed by the Kardon Chorale of the Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy. The entrance procession participants will be from Catholic schools or programs serving individuals with disabilities. West Philadelphia's St. Rose of Lima parish adult and children choir will provide the liturgical music with Richard Passanante as the cantor. Volunteers from area Catholic youth groups and high schools will assist with accommodating individuals with different abilities at the Mass.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participation is encouraged among individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and caregivers. A reception will be held immediately following Mass in the Archdiocesan Office Center at 222 North 17th Street. During the reception, the Nevilaires Choir, an adult choir affiliated with Overbrook School for the Blind will perform.

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Editor's Note: Video cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during the Mass. Reporters and still cameras will be allowed. There will be a mult-box feed (audio & video) provided outside the Cathedral. Television/radio crews will need a BNC connector and recording deck.

Contact
John L. Cox
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

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