SPRED (Special Religious Development) is a diocesan program offered through Catholic Charities Disability and Deaf Ministry, and hosted by St, Charles Borromeo Parish.

This program provides a personal, religious experience to persons with developmental and other disabilities. SPRED believes that those with disabilities have the God-given right to nourish their spiritual life as well as the opportunity to share their gifts and give glory to God.

For more information, please contact Jim Cleary, at 816-436-0880  ext. 205 or [email protected]

Beatitudes for friends of Persons with Disabilities

Blessed are you who take the time to listen to difficult speech, for you help me to know that if I persevere I can be understood.

Blessed are you who never bid me to "hurry up" and take my tasks from me and do them for me, for often I need time rather than help.

Blessed are you who stand beside me as I enter new and untried ventures, for my failures will be outweighed by the times I surprise myself and you.

Blessed are you who asked for my help, for my greatest need is to be needed.

Blessed are you who understand that it is difficult for me to put my thoughts into words.

Blessed are you who with a smile encourage me to try once more.

Blessed are you who never remind me that today, I asked the same question two times.

Blessed are you who respect and love me just as I am, and not like you wish I were.

(Author Unknown)