The Liturgy at Schott Communities is a primary source of faith formation as well as a visible expression of belief. Offered every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. the liturgy draws together in shared faith the members of the community: the deaf, disabled, blind, their families, friends and caregivers. Members are joined by friends and supporters of the community who come to share the liturgy with them. An interpreter signs at Sunday liturgy for members who are deaf. Many of the deaf or disabled members serve as liturgical ministers:
- Altar servers
- Eucharistic ministers
Priests from neighboring parishes celebrate the liturgy and lead other religious services.
Religious EducationReligious education for families with deaf or disabled members and their siblings is considered one of the primary works of Schott Communities. The program centers on family faith formation and faith formation throughout a child's development. All members are welcome to the program. Religious education classes are offered for autistic students. Contact the Director of Religious Formation to schedule an interview. First Communion is held in May each year and Confirmation in the spring when candidates are eligible for reception of the Sacraments. Classes are offered for the community on Sundays from September through May.
Training instructors for the CCD program attend training sessions offered by neighboring parishes as well as those offered by the Archdiocese of Miami. Training for teaching a special needs population is provided by the Director of Religious Formation at Schott Center.
Pastoral OutreachPastoral outreach to persons who are deaf and/or disabled is a serious commitment Schott Communities embraces. Outreach includes:
- Bringing Holy Communion to those who request it
- Calling members
- Sending notes and cards
- Arranging transportation for medical care