Mass, dinner at Omaha parish to honor people with special needs
People with intellectual, physical or other challenges, and their families, will be honored at an Oct. 15 Mass and dinner at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Omaha.
In its 24th year, the event is open to anyone who would like to support and celebrate with people who have special needs, said Margaret Benak, parishioner, longtime coordinator and now adviser for the event, which is sponsored by the parish’s Human Needs Committee, chaired by parishioner Barb Kunkle.
"We want to show them that we really love them," said Benak, whose 59-year-old son, Tom, has Down syndrome.
That love is expressed by words from the event’s welcome comments, which read, ‘"By the crosses that these special people accept each day, they demonstrate by their smiles and actions the love that Jesus asks of all of humanity,’" Benak said.
The event also allows parents and others to visit and share support and camaraderie, Benak said.
The 5 p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Father Gregory Benkowski, pastor. People with special needs will form a bell choir and perform a 4:45 p.m. musical prelude, as well as play during Mass, she said.
A dinner will be served after Mass, and reservations can be made by contacting Eileen Egan at 402-393-8922.