What is SPRED?
SPRED (Special Religious Education) is a program where people with developmental disabilities come together with a spiritual friend/catechist (21years and older) to share a one-on-one relationship and form with others a small faith community. SPRED fosters and nourishes spiritual and personal growth by helping those with developmental disabilities discover God's action and presence in their lives. SPRED gives parishioners an opportunity for celebration and worship and prepares them for the sacraments of initiation and reconciliation: Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Penance (confession). During the course of the year, special liturgies are also celebrated as a community.
SPRED sessions meet on alternating Saturdays from 10 am - 12 pm, September through April. The program consists of separate groups, which include children up to 21 years old and adults over 21.