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Mental Illness in the Parish

Mental Illness in the Parish

Persons living with mental illness present particular challenges to parishes, but it is important to respect each one's intrinsic dignity as a child of God. Parish hospitality ministers should have clear guidelines on how to treat these persons at Mass, no matter what the circumstances, and efforts should be made to include them in the full life of the parish.

Resources on Mental Illness from the National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities