Faith & Light

Meets on the 1st Sunday of the month, September – June, 1:00-2:30pm. We also plan two excursions a year, including one in the spring and a picnic in July.

Parish Liaison: Leanne Bergford 292-7112 or lbergford@saintmichaelparish.org

Who are we?

A Faith and Light Community, is a group of 15 to 40 people (teenagers or adults with an intellectual disability, and their family and friends) who meet together at least once per month for a gathering of friendship, sharing, prayer, and celebration.
Faith and Light is an international eccuminical organization comprised of small  faith communities of, for, and with people with intellectual disabilitities.  Communities create bonds of friendship between all members and reveal to each person his/her unique gift and beauty. These bonds will allow each person to grow humanly and spiritually whether we are parents, friends, or persons with an intellectual disability.

History

Faith and Light was born of a desire to help people with an intellectual disability and their families find their place within the Church and society. This was the main purpose of the organized pilgrimage to Lourdes at Easter of 1971.   The movement is attached to the Pontifical Council for the Laity in the Vatican.

Our Hope…

In our Families we are no longer alone…The bonds of friendship woven during the monthly gatherings are expressed by numerous signs between meetings. We regain trust in the future. Our perception of our child with disabilities changes. Different, often rejected, he/she has found, in Faith and Light, a place where his/her gifts are revealed. Gifts which he/she can put at the service of others, whether this is in his/her family, the place where he/she is received or works and in his/her community.
In our Parish, Faith and Light is founded on the conviction that persons with an intellectual disability have been chosen by God to confound the wise and the strong. Its spirit is the spirit of the Gospel, the spirit of compassion and acceptance of human suffering. Faith and Light thus is the sign that the most vulnerable persons, and often the most rejected, are at the heart of the Church.

For Families with Young Children:

St. Michael Parish is interested in forming a  Faith and Light Group for families with special needs children.  The group will meet for parent support, prayer, and celebration.  Call Leanne in the Parish Office at (360) 292-7112.

All Are Invited

“Faith and Light is an organization that allows people with disabilities of all kinds to participate in church.  It would be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet with people with disabilities.  You are invited to come and see what  Faith and Light is all about at our Sunday meeting.”

-Linda Cosgrove
Faith and Light
St. Michael Parish
For more infromation about Faith and Light around the world, go to: http://www.faithandlight.org/