Some ministries are social. Some are pastoral. Many are both. But Faith and Light is a virtual lifeline.
This ministry is for people with developmental disabilities and their families and friends. Together, they pray, develop friendships and share their gifts and graces, said ministry leader Janet Grzeszkowiak. This year, Faith and Light reached a milestone: 20 years of supporting and celebrating each other.
“Over these 20 years, we have formed friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Joy Fuchs, who founded Faith and Light at St. Ann’s with Father John Welch.
One of the annual highlights for Faith and Light is the Mass of Inclusion, coming up August 25. Held during a regular weekend Mass, it is an opportunity to raise awareness about persons with disabilities, Grzeszkowiak said. The ministry meets regularly through the year and participates in other special events, including Stations of the Cross and Fun Night, which was added last year by Launch children’s ministry. It’s a party for people with disabilities and respite time for caretakers. Organizers plan to bring back Fun Night in October and February.
“I have the unique experience of participating in Faith and Light as a volunteer and a person with disabilities,” said Alison Loyd. “Faith and Light enables me to live my vocation and ministry in a beautiful way. There is an unparalleled joy and radiant beauty in this ministry!”
“Faith and Light is like an investment in yourself,” added Sharon Smith. “It can really raise your spirits on down days. We come together as a community with others who have been and are in the same boat.”
To learn more about this ministry, visit its webpage.
pictured: Ministry members celebrate at a past Mass of Inclusion.