R.E. Registration

Please contact the R.E. Office at 480.963.3207 x123

Special Education for Religious Education

St. Mary’s welcomes all children into the Religious Education program. Catechetical instruction, including sacrament preparation, is made accessible to children with disabilities by providing appropriate accommodations.

Possible Accommodations:

  • Support and strategies for a child in a regular Religious Education class
  • An additional classroom aide for a student in a regular Religious Education class (can be a relative, a child’s respite or habilitation provider, or a volunteer parishioner)
  • Pull-out instruction in a one-on-one or small group setting
  • Participation in a separate Special Education Religious Education class

Special Education Religious Education classes

The special education classes are designed for students who are not served well in a regular class due to an intellectual or developmental disability. The benefits of the special education class include:

  • Small class size
  • Low student-teacher ratio
  • A consistent routine and schedule board with pictures
  • Simplified concepts, simplified language, and repetition
  • The heavy use of visuals and hands-on activities, including music

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always needed to work with students who have disabilities in regular classes, in one-on-one instruction, and in the special education classes. Experience is helpful but not necessary.


Leslie Farias

480.963.3207 x123

“Parish liturgical celebrations and catechetical programs should be accessible to persons with disabilities and open to their full, active, and conscious participation, according to their capacity.”

–Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities (1998), a statement of the U.S. Bishops