Young girl with down syndrome sits cross-legged, smiling

Religious Education for All Children (REACH) is a Faith Formation program that is a multi-age, self-contained classroom for children with special needs that provides small group learning and one-on-one attention. An adaptive curriculum is used and is enhanced with music, art, movement, and sensory-based activities. This classroom setting provides support and structure for children whose faith formation needs are not met by the general, religious education classroom model.

REACH takes place on Wednesday evenings simultaneously with Faith Formation classes during the school year. Sessions are offered at two times:

  • 4:30-5:45pm
  • 6:15-7:30pm

Support for Integration into Classes

SFA Special Needs Ministry provides support and integration into classrooms with same-age peers for those students whose needs can be met with accommodations and modifications. One-on-one or small group assistants are available to support learning in the faith formation classrooms and during our week-long Vacation Bible School during the summer.

Individualized Religious Education Plans

Individualized Religious Education Plans (IREP) are written for students in our Youth Faith Formation Programs. These plans are similar to the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that are used in the schools. These confidential and student-specific plans identify long-term and short-term goals for the learner’s faith journey, as well as, accommodations and modifications for the classroom.

Adaptive Sacramental Preparation

Those who are beyond the age range for Youth Faith Formation programs but have not yet celebrated the sacraments are invited to participate in Adaptive Sacramental Preparation through SFA Special Needs Ministry. Accommodations and supports may also be provided within the Becoming Catholic program (RCIA).

For more information on Special Needs Ministry or Faith Formation opportunities for those with special needs, please contact Molly Stempin, Coordinator of Special Needs Ministry at (515) 440-1030.