Sunday, 10 October 2010 10:23

Springfield parish offers PSR program for exceptional people

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Two adult members of the PSR Class for Exceptional People pose during a recent picnic at Washington Park. Blessed Sacrament Parish of Springfield has offered the PSR program for the developmentally disabled people for over 30 years.Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield is once again offering PSR Class for Exceptional People — religion classes for the developmentally disabled — at Blessed Sacrament School on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30. The class kicked off with a picnic held on Sept. 22 and classes will run through May and will close with an end-of-the-year party and dinner.

The class is open to developmentally disabled children and adults, ages 7 and up, who live in the greater Springfield area. New students are always welcome.

“People can start at any time during the year,” says Juleann Randles, who has been involved with the program for about four years. “Right now we have four little kids in the group and then the rest are adults who have been coming for years. We usually have about 12 to 14 students and quite a few teachers — sometimes up to about eight.”

The weekly gathering consists of individual and group prayer intentions; elements of the Catholic Catechism, such as the rosary; an introduction to the Mass and the sacraments; Gospel lessons from the MagnifiKid weekly Mass guides; an activity and discussion. Each class concludes with guitar music provided by one of the adult volunteers and interactive singing and praying the Our Father.

“We cover a lot of things. For example, last year during Lent, we did a whole unit on the Stations of the Cross and then Deacon Dave (Erdmann) came to class and we went all through them,” Randles says. “This year I’m sure we’ll do a review and then go over to church and pray.”

“This program has been helping people with mental disabilities for over 30 years and we would like to get the word out to as many people as possible,” says Jane Mosey-Nicoletta, who also helps out with the program. “Additionally we welcome volunteers to help with weekly classes.”

PSR for exceptional people is financially supported by Springfield Knights of Columbus Council 364 and Chatham Knights of Columbus Council 4179. Blessed Sacrament pastor Father David Hoefler and Deacon Erdmann provide spiritual support.

For more information on the program, call Mary Tuttle at (217) 585-0478, Juleann Randles at (217) 787-9966 or leave a message at the Blessed Sacrament parish office at (217) 528-7521.