“Jesus said….Be open”
This year’s theme for the International Day for People with Disabilities on 3 December is “Jesus said…..Be Open”, with the aim of promoting full participation of people with disability and their families in the life of the Church.
The day will be celebrated on Friday 3 December, coinciding with the beginning of Advent and will focus on promoting issues affecting those living with disability and affirming their unique contributions to the Church and the world.
To coincide with this event, the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life has prepared a bookmark, which has been distributed parishes and is also available for download at www.catholic.org.au.
Also available on the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference website is a Parish Kit and poster for display. There is also an order form which promotes various resources, books, DVDs and media to help in celebrating the unique contribution of people with disability to our communities.
Bishops’ Delegate for Disability Issues, Bishop Peter Elliott, says that this day is a chance to consider and promote a pastoral response which recognises each person as part of the Living Body of Christ.
“We are called and challenged to take action to ensure our communities are open and active. In particular we need to ensure that people with disability living in remote and rural areas, those who are new to our country and those struggling with the ever increasing daily expense of living are supported and encouraged in the most practical and appropriate manner”, said Bishop Elliot.
“This timely theme is an invitation and call to us to create and ensure a change in societal attitude that sees disability as a burden to humanity and a costly experience to society”, he said.