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Lasallian outreach to young adults with disabilities

Posted on 17 February 2016
Lasallian outreach to young adults with disabilities

The youth ministry team from Lasallian Mission Services has been involved in some inspiring outreach work with young Catholics with a disability in Sydney.

Youth Ministry Coordinator Philippe Dulawan has been working alongside a group set up in St Aloysius Parish in Cronulla, Assisted Pilgrimage Services, to help run regular camps and retreats over the past two years.

Philippe led a lenten retreat day for 20 young adults from the group in the Provincial Office at Bankstown earlier this month.

He also helped coordinate a youth camp at the Benedict the 16th retreat centre in Richmond late last year where the group came together for mass and enjoyed fun activities like cooking and soccer.

Philippe was introduced to the group by St Aloysius Pastoral Associate Cathy Sammut who has a daughter with disabilities who attended De La Salle Cronulla.

"The young adults in our group have disabilities including Down's Syndrome, Autism and Celebral Palsy", Cathy explains.

"Working with our young people can be confronting and challenging at times".

"But the Lasallian team led by Philippe have always been so respectful, compassionate and caring".

"Our team now cries when they have to leave and say goodbye to your team because they feel so much a part of the Lasallian family now", Cathy adds.

Cathy says the Lasallian youth ministry team has helped the young adults greatly as they prepare for Lent.

"The Lasallian team are really inspiring and are the face of Christ to these young men and women with disabilities", she adds.

"I hope and pray that we will continue to share in your Lasallian mission with this group of amazing young people".

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