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Special Religious Education – SPRED Ministry

Michelle Martinez - Kilty
SPRED Coordinator
Diocese of Oakland

Sr. Bernadette Nguyen, LHC
SPRED Core Team

Helper catechist - An adult who wishes to share his/her faith in a small faith group comprised of other Helper Catechists and Friends.

Friend - A person with a developmental disability and participant in SPRED.

Method Vivre - A type of symbolic catechesis method used by SPRED to help Friends and Catechists grow in their faith.

Age Groups - SPRED divides Centers by age. Age groups 6-10, 11-16, 17-21 and 22 + Our SPRED team at Old Mission St. Joseph Parish has only a 22+ group.

To integrate people with
developmental disabilities
into the faith and life of the Church.

What is SPRED?
  • SPRED assists parishes in the Diocese of Oakland reach out and integrate children, teens and adults with special needs into the faith and life of the Church through their local parish.
Who we serve?
Why do we do it?
  • St. Joseph SPRED volunteers are committed to meeting the spiritual needs of persons with developmental disabilities.
  • St. Joseph SPRED community assists our Friends in celebrating the sacraments, and in the worshipping experiences of the Church.
How we do it?
  • Through SPRED trainings- volunteers are able to work with persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Through the Method Vivre (symbolic catechesis) our Friends are better able to understand and celebrate in the sacraments and liturgy of the Church.
  • Through the experience of friendship in small faith communities, our Friends are paired within the group with volunteer catechists to help grow in a one-to-one relationship.
Want to become a Volunteer Catechist?
  • Help in assisting our Friends to grow spiritually, receive ongoing faith formation and participate in the liturgical and community life of the Church.
  • No experience needed, just an open heart and willingness to grow in your faith.
  • Volunteer Catechists must be at least 21 years or older.

For more information on SPRED
Diocese website: www.spredoakdiocese.org
Email: info@spredoakdiocese.org
SPRED Model Training Center Number: 510-635-7252

Pope Francis
Everyone should be committed to promoting acceptance, encounter and solidarity through concrete support and by encouraging renewed hope. In this way we can contribute to breaking down the isolation and, in many cases, the stigma burdening people with autism spectrum disorders (and other developmental disabilities), and just as often their families.

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