Special Needs Religious Ed

At St. Peter Chanel, we are committed to serving all children regardless of their abilities or limitations. We provide support for volunteer catechists (PSR teachers) so that they can effectively serve children with a wide range of skills. We are also able to offer some small groups for those who prefer this for their children due to sensory overload. We have several limited vocabulary and picture curriculum options that help us to include children with special needs as part of PSR sessions with their peers. Scroll down for descriptions of our program offerings. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 678-832-1265 if you have any questions about our programs or if you are interested in volunteering as a special needs helper. Use the links below to jump to your preferred section on this page: 

Contact Jeanne Lyons
Special Needs R.E. Coordinator
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Faith Formation Inclusion Environments

Sundays: 9:00 am & 10:45 am Faith Formation / 10:30 am & 6:30 pm EDGE - locations vary by program

Inclusion environments are offered within our Faith Formation programs for all children who benefit from this model. Preschool Faith Formation classes are held at St. Peter Chanel, Elementary Faith Formation classes are held at Blessed Trinity High School, and Middle School Faith Formation is held at Blessed Trinity High School in the morning and McNamee Hall at St. Peter Chanel in the evenings. Visit the program pages for more complete information. Visit Registration Forms & Instructions page, and complete the Family Registration form to register for this class.


Sundays: 10:45 am-Noon in SPC Classroom 3/4

The SHINE Class is for PSR students who learn best in a smaller group that provides many opportunities for one-on-one interaction with their Catechists and teen volunteers. This format also lets students work in shorter time segments, alternated with favorite activities designed around their gifts and special interests. Students who may struggle to follow the flow of a more traditional PSR class, find their religious education to be particularly welcoming and inviting in SHINE. Visit Registration Forms & Instructions page, and complete the PSR Family Registration form to register for this class. 

 Supplemental special needs support offered outside of PSR

Sensory-Friendly Mass

We are pleased to offer a Sensory-Friendly Mass at 12:15 pm most Sundays, so families who have children with special needs can attend Mass together! We provide a monitored space set up with various items to help faciliate an easier experience for you and your family. We are in need of teens or adults to help set up, monitor and break down our Mass space in the back of the church each week. No special education experience is needed—just a loving heart—and all training will be provided. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 678-832-1265 to get on Jeanne's family email list or if you would be interested in volunteering. Please note that Mass times may vary on Holy Days.

Crossbeams Bible Study

Select Sundays: 3:00-4:00 pm in St. Peter Chanel Room 14

We have a Bible study for teens and young adults with disabilities. Teens and adult volunteers are invited to help our participants find Bible passages, place informational stickers on their study pages, provide general assistance, etc. It’s helpful when volunteers arrive 15 minutes early and stay 15 minutes afterward. No previous skills are required—just friendliness, enthusiasm and a heart that's eager to see the face of Jesus in new friends! Contact Jeanne Lyons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would be interested in joining our group, volunteering, or if you just want more information about Crossbeams Bible Study.

Jubilee Music

In addition to our adaptive PSR opportunities, we offer Jubilee Music sessions, which help children with special needs to work on social development through musical games and activities. We encourage children of all abilities to participate in Jubilee Music. Children who do not have a diagnosis have just as much to learn, if not more, by having this fun opportunity to befriend peers with special challenges. Jubilee Music, and adaptations within our PSR programs, help encourage our entire parish to better recognize Jesus in everyone and to see how all of us, whether or not we appear to be especially challenged, are all irreplaceably part of God’s amazing plan for building his kingdom of love. To register for Jubilee Music, bring a signed Jubilee Music Registration Form to your first class.

Jubilee Music for Special Needs
is for individuals with and without disabilities
in a wide range of ages and ability levels

There is no charge or fee to attend Jubilee Music Classes. Come join us whenever one of our classes happens to fit in with your schedule. We use musical games and activities as a way to get to know each other, learn to be comfortable with and respectful of differences, and have a great time together!

For many individuals with special needs the enjoyment of musical activities can be used to encourage the development of social skills, communication/conversation skills and the use of sensory strategies to promote calm alertness. At Jubilee Music, children with typical development are encouraged in the development of compassion, respect, and an appreciation of the gifts that come along with differences.



Friends with disabilities are some of the best teachers in helping peers to build these skills and virtues. Teen and adult volunteers are welcome! Teens and adults with disabilities have also been great participants, inspiring everyone as they develop skills that might help pave the way for success in future volunteer work or a job. To register as a volunteer, complete the Teen or Adult Volunteer form on the Registration Forms & Instructions page.


School Year Schedule

Classes will start in mid-September and continue through late May. Occasionally, classes will not meet on some weeks; be sure to refer to the Jubilee Music Calendar to verify class dates and times. Contact Jeanne Lyons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on her email list for updates and class cancellations.

  • Mondays: 4:00-5:00 pm, meets in the Primary Pod at Queen of Angels (QOA)
  • Thursdays: 4:00-5:00 pm, meets in the Choir Room at St. Peter Chanel
  • Saturdays: 10:30-11:30 am, meets twice a month in the Choir Room at St. Peter Chanel (SPC)


Summer Schedule

Our Summer session begins in June and continues on a limited basis through August. Please refer to the Jubilee Music Summer Calendar (available Spring 2019) to verify class dates and times.Contact Jeanne Lyons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on her email list for updates and class cancellations.

  • Mondays: 3:00-4:00 pm, meets in the Choir Room at St. Peter Chanel
  • Saturdays: 10:30-11:30 am, meets in the Choir Room at St. Peter Chanel


For Queen of Angels Participants

QOA students who attend on Mondays and/or Thursdays will stay after school and will go to meet with Jeanne Lyons for Jubilee Music at 3:30 pm.

  • From 3:30-4:00 pm, we have snack together (snack is provided) and discuss how to be supportive friends to the kids with special needs who join us for the actual music session from 4:00-5:00 pm.
  • Please make sure your child’s teacher knows what days he or she will be staying after school for Jubilee Music. Email is a convenient way to inform the teacher.


For Participants Who Do Not Attend Queen of Angels

Directions to Primary Pod (Mondays): As you face the front of Queen of Angels school, you'll see that the gym is on the right-hand side. As you walk along the right side of the school, you will pass by three doors that open into the gym. Knock on the the fourth door (just past the school store), and an after-school program teacher will let you in. Tell you you're there for Jubilee Music, and she will get you to the correct room.

For All Participants

  • Monday Pick Up: Shortly after 5:00 pm, the students will be walked outside through the door near the art room to meet their parents.
  • Directions to Choir Room (Thursdays & Saturdays): The choir room is across from where the elevator and stairwell open onto the second floor at St. Peter Chanel.
  • Thursday & Saturday Pick Up: Please come upstairs to the choir room by 5:00 pm to meet your child(ren).

Listen To Jeanne's Music

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Gather Stars for Your Children
© 1997, Jeanne M. Lyons (BMI)


audio Way Down Deep (We're Mostly the Same)
audio Perseveration Station
audio Christina
audio It's OK to Play Differently (The Arranging Song)
audio You Are My Child
audio Big Wild Woolly Fear!
audio Flexibility
audio Long-Winded Lou
audio Personal Space Invader
audio Jody's Song

Special Needs:


audio   I Will Stand With ThemI Will Stand With Them (Lyrics)
audio  LOVE that Guacamole!!!! - Co-written by Jeanne Lyons and Luke McIntyre, age 8, when he came to help out at Jubilee Music. Way to go Luke!! 

Bible Stories:

  audio  The Good Samaritan


  audio  Turn to the Lord in Your Need, Psalm 69


  audio  Prayer to St. Philomena


Contact Information

Special Needs Religious Education Coordinator
Jeanne Lyons


Documents - Special Needs

Faith Formation Calendar