Once a month families from across the Diocese of Leeds meet as the ‘Cupertino Group’ at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Wetherby to celebrate Mass together with their children who happen to have learning or sensory difficulties. The Group’s name is after St Joseph of Cupertino who is the Patron Saint of people with additional needs.
The hope is that through the monthly Masses, families will feel far more comfortable and confident in attending their own parish Masses and become more and more a part of their own communities.
There is an opportunity for parents to talk together and gain confidence and support from each other following the Mass, as everyone congregates in the Parish Hall afterwards for tea, delicious cakes and crafts.
Parishioner Rosie is one of the organisers and says: ‘All are so very welcome! Howsoever our children express themselves, the Lord receives it all and turns it into praise! We sign, we sing, we have musical instruments, sensory fidgets, ear defenders and books. Through our celebrations together we explore the richness of the Church’s liturgical year imparting the fullness of our Faith to our dear ones, for example we made Easter Gardens, Crowned Our Lady in May and created some beautiful Monstrances to celebrate Corpus Christi. We are really hopeful for another great Cupertino year where we can serve more and more families in our diocese!’
These accessible Masses are celebrated once a month at 3pm and the schedule for the rest of the year is as per the following poster:
For more information on Cupertino, visit https://www.facebook.com/Cupertino-Group-109251148256436 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org