Special Needs

About the program

This is a special program that many parishioners refer to when they talk about catechesis. The program is ‘christened’ SPECIAL NEEDS and it is designed to instruct children with special needs such as: Autism, ADHD, Down syndrome…the students can be placed in a classroom setting with an aid or receive one-on-one instruction depending on the needs of an individual child.

The program acts as a link to the typical needs RE as it provides class assistance with knowledge on how to understand, and journey with children in this category that are placed in the class setting with other students.

Rationale: The child with disabilities has the same needs as the rest of us; however, this child requires specific accommodations to nurture his or her relationship with God. The Coordinator of Special Needs RE ought to have a clear understanding of acceptable catechetical practices concerning Church teachings and can collaborate with and support the various Religious Education classes and programs, including COGS.

Objective: The parish is the proper place for catechetical and missionary activities, and all souls living within the bounds of the parish are the unique spiritual responsibility of the pastor. It is the parish to which families and those with special needs look for their catechetical formation.

Purpose and Scope: In an atmosphere of welcoming, caring and sharing, this position seeks to provide a safe, quiet, joyful, religious environment where the children with Special Needs (kindergarten to 18 years old) of St. Andrew the Apostle establish a relationship with God and can work according to their own pace and ability.


Children attend one session per week (45 minutes to 1½ hour). Sessions begin in the last week of August through the second week of May. Our lessons complement each other and act as building blocks during the year.

  • Tuesday: 4:15-5:00pm; 5:30-6:15pm
  • Wednesday: 3:45-4:30pm; 5:00-5:45pm

Kindly contact Kim Doyle, Coordinator of Special Needs Religious Education at kdoyle@standrewchandler.com, if you are new to the program.

Volunteers Needed

Adults are needed in the classroom! Training is provided. Safe Environment Training is required and available at St. Andrew for new volunteers or online if renewing. For more information, please contact Kim Doyle kdoyle@standrewchandler.com.