Diocese of Tyler

Special Needs & Disabilities Ministry

The Diocese of Tyler Special Needs and Disabilities Ministry invites all persons with Special Needs and their families to experience, throughout their lifespan, their essential belonging to the Body of Christ. We work with clergy and families as well as other partners to encourage people with special needs to participate fully in their parishes and communities.

Upcoming Events

August 26 - Mass for Families with Special Needs at St. Michael, Mt. Pleasant

October 14 - Catechist and Family Formation Day for special needs presented by Linda Porter. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Meeting Room in the Chancery.

December 2 - Advent Social for Families with Special Needs will be held open to the diocese at St. Patrick Church, Lufkin. Includes lunch, visit from St. Nicholas, and activities. (flyer with details will be coming soon.) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

January 20 - Mass for Families with Special Needs at St. Joseph, Marshall.

If your parish or community is offering any help, resources, or activities for families with special needs and disabilities, please contact Linda to include this information on our website.

If you are interested in any further information about any of these, contact Linda Porter at lportertyler@gmail.com

Next Mass for Families with Special Needs

Next Mass: Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 10 a.m.
St. Michael Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas

More Info and Mass Flyer in English and Spanish >>>

- All families with children or adults with special needs are welcome.
- Modified liturgy will be celebrated to accommodate these needs.
- All parishes are asked to send a representative so they can see how to model this liturgy in their parish.
- Special dispensation from your Sunday obligation for this weekend will be granted to those who attend.
- Please RSVP to Eduardo Mendoza by August 23 so we can provide for the reception or call 903-572-5227 or 903-466-4025.

See photos and read more from the April 29 Mass for Families with Special Needs in Tyler>>>



National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities

Tyler Run for Autism

East Texas Center for Independent Living - Includes services for persons with disabilities.

Deafnessrs4a@hhsc.state.tx.us - Abilities Success, Inc. provides help for those who are deaf in the East Texas area.

Tyler.franklin@epichealhservices.com - This organization provides health services, pediatric therapy, developmental services, and medical solutions.

Kayli.williams@dshs.state.tx.us - East Texas Department of State Health Services provides social workers for children with special needs care issues.

Xavier Society for the Blind

Services and Materials for Special Needs

Special Needs Contact

Linda Porter, M.T.S.