Bishop Holds Special Mass for Disabled 

Bishop Richard Malone was in Waterville Sunday, celebrating Mainers with disabilities.The leader of the Diocese of Portland presided over a special mass honoring those with disabilities and their families at Notre Dame Church.The service was open to anyone with physical, emotional or mental disabilities, plus their family members and caregivers.The Bishop says he hopes the celebration encourages parishes across the state to hold their own masses to appreciate the struggles and celebrate the gifts of those with disabilities.He also called on churches throughout Maine to make their facilities and programs as fully accessible as possible.<"these people with disabilities can sometimes be forced to live on the fringes of society and we don't want that to happen with the church. People with disabilities are part of every parish community. They belong here, they're loved and they have a role.">According to the Diocese, parishioners with disabilities attend church about as half as often as other parishioners because of the physical challenges involved.