The Cathedral of Saint Thomas More News:

SPRED – SPecial REligious Development

August 6, 2019

Religious Education for Children with Disabilities

  • SPRED uses symbolic instruction and serves children with developmental disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, Autism, and Learning Disabilities.
  • The ability to read is not required of children as all activities are designed to meet the needs of participants at various levels of achievement.
  • Adult volunteers and children come together in a small faith community to discover God’s presence in their lives through catechesis and joyful activities that include crafts, music, snacks, and spiritual lessons with connections to the Mass, scripture, and daily life.
  • Children are encouraged to receive the Sacraments of Initiation, based on individual levels of readiness.
  • SPRED groups meet for 12 sessions per year on Saturday mornings beginning in September and ending in April/May.


  • Do you know of a child who could benefit from this program? Call us now!
  • Volunteers needed! YOU are invited to learn more about SPRED and help share God’s Word with God’s Special Children!

Contact Lynn Jones, Director of Religious Education, Cathedral of St. Thomas More at or 703-525-1300.