The Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors ministry at IJP seeks to welcome and include parishioners of all abilities as active participants. The goals of the ministry are:
- Education— educating our staff, ministry leaders and parishioners about people first language and disability etiquette so that everyone plays a role in welcoming all parishioners into our community of faith.
- Accessibility—surveying the needs of our parish community and providing the necessary accommodations so parishioners of all abilities can participate in worship, ministries, social events and leadership roles
- Communication—conveying that all are welcome to participate through our annual celebration of Inclusion Awareness Day and through print, internet, verbal and nonverbal communications
- Affirmation—recognizing the gifts of every person and personally inviting parishioners with disabilities to participate in parish activities.
If you are interested in joining this ministry or if you have any needs or concerns, please contact our parish Inclusion Representative Joanne Meyer at 708-922-9455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our parish is working hard to create an accessible campus. Our church has nearby accessible parking places, automatic door opens, an exterior ramp on the Flossmoor Road entrance, accessible washrooms, a ramp to the altar, accessible seating areas next to the altar and at the back of the church with free standing chairs that can be moved to accommodate wheelchairs. Several arm chairs that are taller for parishioners who find it difficult to rise to stand are available in these areas. Large print missalettes are available at the entrances to the church. Assistive listening devices are available and can be signed out by parishioners who find it difficult to hear at mass. Call Joanne at 708-922-9455 to sign out a device. If you wish to receive communion at your seat please notify one of the ushers and our communion ministers will bring the Eucharist to your seat.
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors Ministry Members
“Inclusion begins in our hearts. It begins with affirmation…When we open our hearts and our community to the gifts each person brings, we are all strengthened.” - Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
Watch the Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors video at www.InclusionInWorship.org