Faith Formation Programs 

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Finding God Adaptive Program from Loyola  

Adaptive Finding God is the foremost program of its kind, offering faith formation for children with special needs that is adaptable to a variety of settings and situations.  Adaptive Finding God can be used in conjunction with  the Finding God grade-level books or as a stand-alone program for parishes, schools and at home.

Individual parishes will work with families to meet adaptive religious education opportunities.

Parish youth self contained classroom programs in the diocese

REACH program at St. Francis of Assisi parish in West Des Moines  Religious Education for All Children (REACH) is a Faith Formation program that is a multi-age, self-contained classroom for children with special needs that provides small group learning and one-on-one attention. An adaptive curriculum is used and is enhanced with music, art, movement, and sensory-based activities. This classroom setting provides support and structure for children whose faith formation needs are not met by the general, religious education classroom model.

Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation Class at Corpus Christi parish in Council Bluffs 

We offer sacramental preparation for students with special needs. Working with the Faith Formation office, we assist parents and caregivers by providing class sessions for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist with resources for education at home as well.  No one is denied sacraments based on their situation. We are happy to work with everyone based on their abilities.

All Ages Faith Formation programs

Adapted Faith Formation Lessons produced by the NCPD Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  These are lessons to use in formal programs or by families in their own homes as a domestic church.

Faith Formation Program for all ages at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Parish in Ankeny  

A social gathering offered approximately twice a month for individuals with disabilities and/or their families rooted in Fruits of the Spirit.  A place to meet others, listen to speakers, participate in service projects, experience our faith in a variety of sensory activities.  Everyone is welcome regardless of age or disability diagnosis.

The OLIH special needs ministry web page includes details of dates, location and registration link.  Although the event is free, registration is required so that we can make proper accommodations.  Registration will close the Thursday before our Sunday gatherings. 

St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Parish and Student Center in Des Moines

Provides several faith formation and social opportunities at their parish for the Catholic Deaf Community including weekly Bible study and every two weeks you can participate in a Saint Movie and discussion and Quilting Queens social group.