One of the biggest steps the Church needs to do now to include autistics is making a sensory-friendly Mass in every city. Asking a few autistics I know, I have found a number of locations that have such Masses. I looked at the US and Canada. Here’s the map. I’ll explain the details below it.
- This is presented as-is and to-the-best-of-my-knowledge. I cannot gurantee the information in the map.
- Each location has details and usually a link to the website.
- Some are specific areas like a reverse cry-room, some are special Masses explicitly sensory-friendly, and others are Masses that are the most sensory friendly in the area even if not done for that reason.
- Different locations use different terms. I will usually include this in the description.
- Not every one is every week. (Honestly, with the autistic love of order and regularity, we should work to make these all weekly.)
- I am relying both on parish descriptions and descriptions by autistic individuals.
- Please comment below or use the contact form above if something needs updating.
- This will be pinned to the menu on this site and I hope to regualrly update it so it can be reshared every few months.
Sensory-Friendly Masses in General
I know some autistics are more sensory seekers, so if anything the issue with Mass is not enough sensory information. So, these may not be “sensory-friendly” to them. The goal here is to help many autistics go to Mass. Usually, sensory seekers can find a Mass that works for them, but often sensory-avoiders struggle to find one.
If no sensory-friendly Mass is near you, two options exist. First, you can try to convince a parish near you to offer one. (Hopefully, I can write a guide on this later.) Second, you can implement various strategies to deal with sensory issues at Mass which I described before.
History of the number of locations listed
- February 2022: 11 locations