FIRST COMMUNION—Students with special needs at St. Jude Catholic Church take part in a program designed for their understanding, launched by educator Lucia-Bianchino-Bartlett, back right. Pictured are, from left, student Natalie Perez, congregant Annie Schohl and students Linus Erberich, Ryan Quezada and Eric Stone.
Children with special needs have often been excluded from receiving the Catholic sacraments of reconciliation, Holy Communion and confirmation.
Priests have been wary of starti...
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