"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." – Matthew 25:40
Autism and the Sacraments
In the Fall of 2008, St. Peter’s Faith Formation Program launched its brand new addition to our Faith Formation offerings: Autism and the Sacraments.
This new approach to faith formation is peaceful, welcoming & innovative – adapting to each child’s individual learning style – in a compassionate, loving & inclusive environment. The program is tailored to children on the autism spectrum, those with developmental delay(s) and children who are non-verbal.
The response to this one-of-a-kind program in the Diocese of Providence has been wonderful – families from every corner of RI & beyond have enrolled!
Each Year we celebrate a number of beautiful Masses with our Autism & the Sacraments families; an opening Mass in the Fall, a Mass of Peace in the winter, and a closing Mass each Spring.
If you are interested in having your child enroll, please call Margaret Andreozzi, elementary faith formation coordinator, 401/461-5691, or email by using the link below, to be placed on a waiting list for our program.
Opening Mass 2014 –
On October 4th, (the Feast Day of St. Francis) we had our opening Mass for our 7th year of the Autism and the Sacraments Program! We welcome everyone back as well as several new families who will be joining us this year! Please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our teachers and parents as they educate and prepare them for the Sacraments.
Christmas Mass – December 21, 2013
Pictures taken from this year's Christmas Mass – It is always amazing to witness such faith and reverence at the reception of Holy Communion. Emmanuel – God is truly with us! Continue to pray for God's grace and guidance for all those involved in this wonderful program!
Come Holy Spirit! Confirmation, 2013
What better way to celebrate Pentecost this year than by welcoming Bishop Tobin to St. Peter’s on Pentecost Eve to confirm 8 students in our Autism & the Sacraments Program! While we have had several First Communion Masses for the program, this was our first Confirmation ceremony. The students were very excited and well prepared.
We give glory to God for all that He done for us. Many thanks for the hard work, dedication and support of all those involved! This was a truly joyful celebration to conclude another very rewarding year!
Read the full story from Rhode Island Catholic here » Confirmation a First for Warwick Autism Program
Autism Program - First Communion 2013
We had a wonderful First Communion and closing Mass in May for the children in our Autism program! Thanks for your prayers; it has been a remarkable year for everyone involved.
Bishop Tobin Visits St. Peter’s Autism Program - November 2012
We are truly thankful for the opportunity to have shared what God is doing in our Autism Program here at St. Peter’s with Bishop Tobin. On November 17th, 2012, he was able to visit each classroom and meet the teachers, students and their families, offering his encouragement, prayers and support. He experienced first-hand the beautiful graces that we, as a parish, have been able to enjoy these last few years as we’ve witnessed God working so powerfully among all those involved in this program.
Special thanks to Margaret Andreozzi and Fr. Roger Gagné for their profound dedication to this ministry, as well as the many volunteers and parents who have worked so hard together making it all possible.
Please continue to pray for us as we endeavor, with God’s grace, to meet the spiritual needs of those on the Autism Spectrum within our communities.
Opening Mass, October 6, 2013
We are looking forward to another special year of growing and learning with our Autistic Children, their families and our many volunteers. We had a very nice opening Mass as we welcomed some new students and teachers to our program. Please pray for God’s continued blessing and grace for this upcoming year!
Closing Mass - May 19th, 2012
We have reached the end of another great year in our Autism Program. In our closing Mass, we were able to celebrate one First Communion as well as the continued growth of many others who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation next year, with Bishop Tobin.
This past year has been a great joy and growing experience for everyone involved as we continue to learn with, and from each other.
We continue to thank God for His grace and generous provisions for us, as we endeavor to bring the Sacraments to those on the Autism spectrum in our community.
It is evident by the responses and the smiles of those taking part, that God has revealed Himself in a very special way and continues to bear witness of His great love for all people.
Thank you parents, children, teachers, Margaret Andreozzi, and Fr. Gagné for another wonderful year!
Article on St. Peter's Autism Program Recently Published - May 13th, 2012
Read about our Autism Program here at St. Peter’s in the recently published article: “Program Teaches Faith to People with Autism” in Our Sunday Visitor, a national newsweekly magazine.
Opening Mass 2011
November 25, 2009
Our program received national recognition when Associated Press reporter Ray Henry published his wonderful article, “Autistic Offered Religious Education” following his visit with our class! Complete with photos and interviews with the class, the article has been shared all over the United States (even in Hawaii!).