The Sign of Christ

News from the Catholic Deaf Community

Diocese of Syracuse

Vol 18 No 4  December 2007 - January - February  2008




First Deaf Priest in Asia Ordained





July 6th 2007 was a joyful day in Seoul, South Korea as Fr Benedict Park Min-Seo was ordained. Many of his American friends were there to celebrate with him.
               
Fr Min-Seo’s journey to the priesthood was long and difficult.  He came to the US in 1994 under the care of Fr Tom Coughlin, pictured here blessing Fr Park, and studied at Gallaudet, then St Joseph’s Seminary (a short blurb is halfway down)  and the University of St John both in New York before finishing his training in Korea.

Fr Park said, “I shall live for those in need and serve them for the rest of my life.”

Here's a news story in Dynamic Korea..



Dr David Martin interpreting at the Disabilities Mass at Holy Cross Church in Dewitt.
Dr Martin is studying to become a Deacon! May God bless him!
Bishop James Moynihan celebrated the Mass on September 23rd.


Blessed Mother Marianne Cope Shrine tour, October 20th 2007 in Syracuse



Praying near the coffin of Blessed Mother Marianne Cope











Sr Blanche Marie (in the white blouse) shows us the desk where Blessed Mother Marianne Cope worked while in Hawaii.

It is a second class relic as it was touched by Bl Marianne Cope.












 After Mass at  St Daniel’s, Syracuse

 Thank You, St Daniel’s, for your hospitality!







The Feast of All Saints, Nov 1st, some students from NYSSD were able to attend Mass at St Mary’s in Rome.  Here they are before Mass looking through the church.



This & That    

A big Thank You to Jane Long for talking with the parishioners of Assumption Parish in Syracuse about the Catholic Deaf Community.

Classes have started at the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome.  There are 12 students.  Please pray for them. 
Would you like to talk with them about what your faith means to you?  Come in one day!

If you would like either a Lenten night or to learn to make Butter Lambs and learn about what they represent, please let me know! 

If you have any suggestions or comments or questions, let me know.


 Karolina and Mrs Potato Head drawing winners for the All Saints Day Raffle to help send our group to NCYC.

The Winners:

1) Nick Ferlo
2) Kacey Blaney
3) M Cole
4) Cindy McNicholl
5) Bob Balfe
6) O'Toole
7) Sue Aqunio
8) James Fitzgerald
9) Gabrielle White
10) June Deeley
11) Nick Ferlo
12) Dan Ryan
13) P Sarner
14) Rose Parisi
15) Nick Ferlo
16) Steve Brooker
17) Virginia Grant
18) James Fitzgerald
19) Deb Money
20) Diane Bates
21) MM Barfe
22) TheresaG........
23)Rachel Puma
24) Michael O'Hara
25) Mike Giannico



December 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

One of the “Holy Days of Obligation”, which means that Catholics need to go to celebrate at Mass together.

Some Holy Days, if they fall on a Saturday or a Monday don’t require us to go to Mass, but this Feast of the Immaculate Conception is so important that it is celebrated even if it falls on a Monday or on a Saturday, as it does this year.
Mass will be interpreted at St Paul’s, Whitesboro, at 5:30 PM on Dec 7th.

For other Interpreted Masses please check with your parish.


Christmas & Jan 1st Masses: 

Rome: St Mary’s Dec 24th   at press time: 5 PM Whitesboro: St Paul’s Dec 25th 10AM

Interpreted Mass Times not yet scheduled:
Johnson City: St James
Syracuse: St Lucy’s & Fulton: Holy Family
Check your Church for times

Jan 1st Holy Day: Mary, Mother of God
    Please check with your parish or interpreter or Mary Margaret as they are being set up.



Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

DECEMBER 2007











1 Camillus SYR

Christmas Party
+ Mass 5 PM

Johnson City 5
Rome 5 PM

+ Life Teen

2

Dewitt 11:15

Whitesboro 11



3 4 5

NYSSD

Religious Ed

6

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM


Youth Ministers

Fulton

7

Vigil of the
Immaculate Conception

see Mass
Schedules

8

Immaculate Conception Mass

+ Sunday Vigil Mass

Rome 5 PM
+ Life Teen

9

Dewitt 11:15

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 8:45

Whitesboro 11

10 11

Senior Citizens'

Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM

New Hartford

12

NYSSD

Religious Ed


13

14

15


Johnson City 5

Rome 5 PM

+ Life Teen

16

Dewitt 11:15

Syracuse 9

Fulton 8:45

Whitesboro 11

17 18



19 

NYSSD

Religious Ed

Parties

20

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM

21 22

Rome 5 PM

+ Life Teen

23

Dewitt 11:15

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 8:45

Whitesboro 11

24


Christmas Eve

Check Schedule

25

CHRISTMAS


See Mass Schedules

26



27 28 29

Johnson City 5

Rome 5 PM

+ Life Teen

30

Dewitt 11:15
Syracuse 9
Fulton 8:45
Whitesboro 11

31

New Year's Eve

SeeMass Schedule




December   Birthdays
3    Kevin Welch
8     Edith Rakowski
11   Holly Dilillo
15   Bertha Coughlin
26   Donna Wine
27   Lori Booth
27   Krista Chapple
29   Benjamin  Trelease      
31   John Evans

    December Anniversaries

 5  Dawn & Brian Brothers
15 Bishop J  Moynihan
30 Angeline & James Fitzgerald


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

JANUARY 2008

1

Mary, Mother of God

See Mass Schedules

2 3

Senior Citizens'

Liverpool Group

10 AM- 2 PM

4 5
Rome 5 PM

+ Life Teen

6

Dewitt 11:15
Syracuse 9
Johnson City 10
Fulton 8:45
Whitesboro 11



7 8

Senior Citizens'
Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM
New Hartford

9

NYSSD

Religious Ed




10 11

Catechetical
Leaders
Meeting







12

Johnson City 5

Rome 5 PM

+ Life Teen



13

Dewitt 11:15
Syracuse 9
Fulton 8:45
Whitesboro 11


14 15 16

NYSSD

Religious Ed



17

Senior Citizens'

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM



18


MM at NCOD

19

Rome 5 PM

MM at NCOD

20

Dewitt 11:15
Syracuse 9
Johnson City 10
Fulton 8:45
Whitesboro 11

MM at NCOD

21

MM at NCOD

22

MM at NCOD

23

MM at NCOD

24


25 26

Johnson City 5

Rome 5PM

+ Life Teen

27

Dewitt 11:15
Syracuse 9
Fulton 8:45
Whitesboro 11

28 29

30
NYSSD
Religious Ed

6 Sub & Games
New Hartford

31

National Catholic Office of the Deaf
(NCOD)
Pastoral Week January18-23, 2008
“See...I Make All Things New!”
Mary Margaret will be learning a lot!



WARM UP A COLD JANUARY with Friends and Food

ICDA 102 presents: SUB SANDWICH & GAME NIGHT  January 30th, St Thomas   New Hartford
Members $5 / Non-Members $8
Reservation Money due by January 23rd

Send to: CDC PO Box 572 Rome, NY 13442-0572
Money raised for Deaf Youth Activities


January Birthdays

6    Ryan Evans
7    Linda Van Voorhis
12   Karen Read
15   Angela Cousyn
15   Jacqueline Frechette
24   Bethanie Lethbridge
25 Deborah Pardi
27   Brian Brothers
28   Jose Danny Mendez
29 Mercedes Debowey
31   Scott Allen

January Anniversary

27   Anne & Jack Parish   



Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

FEBRUARY 2008











1







2

Rome 5 PM

+ Life Teen

3

Dewitt 11:15

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 8:45

Whitesboro 11

4 5


Mardi Gras

(Day before Lent starts)

6

NYSSD

Religious Ed



Ash Wednesday



Fast + No Meat

7

Senior Citizens'

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM

8

Catechetical Leaders

Reflection Morning





No Meat

9


Johnson City 5

Rome 5PM

+ Life Teen

10

Dewitt 11:15
Syracuse 9
Fulton 8:45
Whitesboro 11

11 12

Senior Citizens'
Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM
New Hartford

13

NYSSD

Religious Ed



14

St Valentine's

Day

15

No Meat

MM to CM7 Board

16

Rome 5 PM
+Life Teen

MM to CM7 Board

17

Dewitt 11:15
Syracuse 9
Johnson City 10
Fulton 8:45
Whitesboro 11

18

PRESIDENTS'

DAY

   

19







20



21

Senior Citizens'

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM

22

No Meat

23

Johnson City 5

Rome 5 PM
+ Life Teen



24

Dewitt 11:15
Syracuse 9
Fulton 8:45
Whitesboro 11

25

26

27

NYSSD

Religious Ed

28



29

No Meat





            February Birthdays

10   Aaron Cutler
21   Timothy O’Brien
23   Bishop Costello
25   Matt Dadey
26   Elaine Coleman
28   Alice Johns
28   Susan Sharpsteen

    February Anniversary

2     Fr Wilbur Votraw



Early start for Lent!  February 6 th !

Check your parish for service times.   Lent is a time to grow close to Jesus.  How?  Prayer     Fasting     Almsgiving.


        RULES FOR LENT


Ash Wednesday & Good Friday: (over age 14)  no meat   +(Age 18-59) Fast: eat only one big meal and two small meals
                                         Don’t eat between meals.

Every Friday in Lent: (over age 14)  no meat




Palm Sunday Mass with Bishop Moynihan  Saturday, March 15th 2008


If you would like to participate, we need:
Server/Cross Bearer (1)
Streamer Bearers (2 or 3)
Gift Bearers (2 or 3)
Readers (7) + Interpreter (1)
Ministers of the Cup (2)

Wish List:   A Palm Sunday Banner for the procession

If you wish to do any of these, please let me know! (Readers will get the Readings to practice)

Email: syrdeaf@juno.com   315-404-5674 (V) 



Don’t Miss This!      FX YOUTH RALLY
(Rally For Christ)
Saturday, March 1st, in Syracuse
Reply to Mary Margaret by February 1st!





 John Thomas Redmore was born at 2:30 pm Sept 19. Mom, John and the whole gang are doing well.
There's a nice full-page article about the Redmores (and another cute photo) in the Nov. 29 issue of the Catholic Sun.





THANK YOU

to our newsletter supporters
Rev Alfred Nortz
Brenda Lambert
&   Thank You to those who helped send our youth to  “NCYC”,  the National Catholic Youth Conference





NOW IS THE TIME

to check out Summer Camp Activities

Camp Mark Seven in the Adirondacks 
Holley Family Village in Michigan






NCYC

National Catholic Youth Conference
November 8-11, 2008, Columbus, OH
18,500 attended from across the US

Some Things Learned at “NCYC”:

Things don’t “just happen”...God is in control.    Don’t worry!

Abraham, Moses, David, and the Prophets...ALL would trade places with us.  Why?
 Because we have Jesus come to live in us at every Mass with every Eucharist!

When asked “Why do you believe in God?”,  most would answer:
“Because my parents taught me and now I believe!”

Remember to pray by using “PAST”
P raise
Ask
S orry
T hanks

    No matter what happens... I still believe!

Go...Make a Difference!


The hall fills with Deaf and Hearing for first-ever presentations given  in ASL, by Fr Mike Depcik, a Deaf priest.

 Fr Mike keeps everyone’s attention  (moving  faster than the camera)!

Deaf teens from all over
The Philly Group


Left to right: Katie, Katherine, and Jessica from Denver, CO. Jessica hopes to work in Deaf ed someday!



 Singer, musician Tony Mendez, born without arms, was one of the main speakers.  His story given in pictures and words was inspiring.  He uses his feet for so many things, including playing the guitar.  He played for Pope John Paul II, and when the Pope kissed him his life changed.  Now he travels telling of God’s goodness.

He requested a picture with the Deaf Youth Groups. Here we are..from 6 states: NY, PA, MI, OH, MD, MO!



Steve Angrisano and the Deaf group. Mike Depcik is in there too.



Jesse Manibuso



The Syracuse group

We have lots more pictures of NCYC, of course, but that's enough for the newsletter!









Guess where this St. Lucy's is (no prize this time).
Do you get the printed newsletter? That's where the answer is. 



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