2004-09-03 / Community

St. Gertrude’s Hosts ‘Disability Awareness Mass’

People with and without disabilities are invited to a Disability Awareness Mass, to be held at St. Gertrude Church on Saturday, September 25 at 4 p.m.

According to a spokesperson for the church, both the church and church hall are fully accessible; one ramp is at the front entrance on Beach Channel Drive, the other is around the corner on Beach 38 Street.

The Mass will be translated into American Sign Language for the hearing impaired and deaf by an interpreter. A reception in the accessible church hall will follow the service; light refreshments will be served.

“This is the first Disability Awareness Mass in the Rockaway area, which lies in Cluster 3 of the R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens,” the spokesperson said. “People with disabilities will serve as celebrant, lectors and presenters in this celebration of the importance of people with disabilities in the life of the Church.”

The event is the culmination of a concerted 5 months-long effort of the parish advocates for people with disabilities from eight churches on the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel. Attendance at the mass fulfills the Sunday obligation.

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