The Sign of Christ

News from the Catholic Deaf Community

Diocese of Syracuse

Vol. 16 No.1 - Feb - March - April 2005




YOU ARE INVITED to

  Mass with the Deaf

celebrated by our BISHOP JAMES MOYNIHAN

SATURDAY March 19th   5 PM


CHRIST THE KING  RETREAT HOUSE, SYRACUSE

Dinner to follow in the Dining Room

$5 Reservations for the Dinner  must be made by March 8th

Email: syrdeaf(at)juno.com

Phone: 315-404-5674 (V)   315-339-2143 (TTY)

or write   Catholic Deaf Community 401 Floyd Ave  Rome NY 13440








Directions to Christ the King Retreat House

I-690 to Midler Ave Exit

SOUTH on Midler Ave

Go across Erie Blvd

Midler changes name to SEELEY RD

Go up BIG HILL to top, Turn Right on Salt Springs Road.

You will see small brick church on Left, Our Lady of Solace.

Turn LEFT there onto EAST AVENUE

Go across E Genesee St

Street name changes to BROOKFORD ROAD

Follow Brookford across Meadowbrook Drive

Continue, go across Euclid Avenue. stay on Brookford

Road goes UP another BIG HILL, ends there.

Christ the King Retreat Center is at top, on the right, at the end of street.

Park along Street

Holy Week Services
March 24, 25, 26, 27

EAST

Rome

Holy Thursday at St Peter’s 7 PM
Good Friday at St Peter’s  2 PM
Easter Vigil at St Mary’s 5 PM


St Paul’s

Whitesboro

Holy Thursday   7 PM
Good Friday     3 PM
Easter Sunday  11 AM


NORTH

Holy Family-St Michael’s
Fulton

Please check with your parish


SOUTH

St James Johnson City

Holy Thursday 7 PM
Good Friday   3 PM
Easter Vigil    7 PM


WEST

St Lucy’s Syracuse

Please check with your parish






"The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it.  For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”
        Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324

Suggestion: Spend a little extra time after each Mass in a prayer of thanksgiving for the gift of Christ in the Eucharist.



Design Our Logo Contest

The new logo will be used on our new brochure.
Entries will be judged on idea and artistry.
Award will be $50.

Deadline: March 15th 2005

Send to: syrdeaf@juno.com

Our Mission Statement
We are a community of people - Deaf, Hard-of Hearing, and Hearing- who welcome and encourage each other to grow in faith and experience love.  With this faith and love we can bring Jesus’ Good News to the Church and the World using our wonderful gifts.
Philosophy
     The Catholic Deaf Community is a diverse community and has many ways of serving people.
     We are a community where people feel loved and respected.
     We encourage each person to see their own dignity and responsibility because they are God’s children.
     We are both a separate and mainstreamed community.
     We work together with parish and diocesan leaders to fulfill our mission while maintaining our identity.
     We encourage all people in the church and society to understand our differences.
     We advocate with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people who are oppressed and forgotten.





THIS & THAT

This is being written on the feast day of St Francis DeSales, January 24th. At Mass I prayed for all the Deaf.  St Francis watches over them in a special way!

As we try and stay warm, I hope we are getting ready to enter Lent.  It starts “early” this year: February 9th.  It is a time of great blessings if we take the time to fast, and pray, and give money to the poor.  Let me share one quote that I read for myself every year:

“Lent is so very difficult, because it’s a time when we face ourselves...and discover many things...  Among them our half-hearted service to God.” 
Catherine Doherty

Remember that Bishop Moynihan will celebrate Palm Sunday with the Deaf, March 19th!  The dinner will follow. Remember to reserve your place.
May you have a good Lent, and  a wonderful Easter!

I was able to attend two special conferences: one for Youth Ministry in December and one for Deaf Ministry in January.  So much information!  So many good contacts!  I hope to share with you throughout this year.

Congratulations to Jennifer & John Evans on their new daughter Grace Katherine, born November 11th and baptized on December 19th!  Jennifer’s sister
Kristin, who lives in Indonesia, is head of the relief efforts there.  She was on 60 Minutes, CBS news, and in papers throughout the country. 

Also baptized on December 19th were Mercedes and Michaela, daughters of Michelle Burchett’s daughter Stephanie and her husband Dennis.  Congratulations!

Thank you to Marion Baratta who writes that Mary & Bob Menotti are enjoying the sunshine in Arizona, and Joan Keeffe is in New Mexico...all with family.
She also writes that Frances Harmon is recovering well from hip surgery in November.  Good news!

Thank you to Fr Pete for his many trips to see us!

Thank you to St Joseph’s in Camillus for hosting the Deaf on December 5th, and to Kathy Mastrocola who set it up and interpreted Mass!

Thank you to all our Church interpreters who work so hard throughout the year!





November 17th ICDA 102's Thanksgiving Dinner





Advent Gathering at Holy Family Fulton on December 12th






Advent Gathering in the Eastern Area



 
October 14th Confirmation Day for Beth Thurlow
Here with her sponsor (& Lay Minister) Anne Parish



           
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

FEBRUARY 2005







1 2   NYSSD
Religious Ed

Bible Study

  Rome
6:30 PM - 8 PM
3

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM



4
5

Johnson City 5
Rome 5:15

6

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

7 8


Barber Shop

  10 AM - 1 PM
Utica

9
NYSSD
Religious Ed


  ASH
WEDNESDAY
10 11

Catechetical Leaders

Meeting

12

13

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

14

St.
Valentine's

Day

15


16

NYSSD

Religious Ed

17

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM

8 19

Johnson City 5

Rome 5:15

20 <>

Dewitt 10:30
Syracuse 9
<>Fulton 11:15
Whitesboro 11
21

Presidents'

Day

22 23

24
Bible Study
Fulton

6:30PM - 8 PM

25





26
27

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

28















February Birthdays

23 Bishop Costello

26 Elaine Coleman

27 Genevieve Podgorniak

28 Alice Johns

28 Susan Sharpsteen



Special Lent Days

February 9th  ASH WEDNESDAY
St James, Johnson City 5:15 PM
St Mary’s, Rome 8 AM
St Paul’s, Whitesboro 7 PM
St Lucy’s, Syracuse    Ask
Holy Family-St Michael’s, Fulton Ask

Saturday March 5th
3PM - ? St James, Johnson City
Fr Peter available for Confessions,
Mass, and a Potluck Dinner

Wednesday March 9th
Hopefully Fr Peter will come to Rome
Ask for place and time

Sunday March 13th
4:30 PM  Lenten Potluck
Holy Family - St Michael’s, Fulton
Fr Peter available for Confessions

ALL ARE INVITED TO ADULT BIBLE STUDY in  ROME & FULTON:  See Times on Calendar!


Attention: Deaf/Interpreters!
Well-Known Patrick Graybill will hold a workshop on Scripture reading/ interpreting in Poughkeepsie NY
April 15 -17, 2005       for more info: syrdeaf (at)juno.com

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

March 2005







1 2

NYSSD

Religious Ed

Bible Study

Rome

6:30 PM - 8 PM

3

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM



4







5



Johnson City 5
 Rome 5:15

6

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11


8

Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM

Utica



9

NYSSD

Religious Ed

Ask about Fr Pete

in Rome

10 11

Catechetical
Leaders

Meeting

12

13

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

14



15



16

NYSSD

Religious Ed



17

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM



St Patrick's Day



18
19

Johnson City 5



5 PM Mass with

Bishop Moynihan

Dinner to follow

Syracuse

20

PALM SUNDAY

Dewitt 10:30

Whitesboro 11





22

Chrism Mass

Syracuse

23

NYSSD

Religious Ed

24

HOLY THURSDAY

See Schedules

25

GOOD FRIDAY

See Schedules



26

EASTER VIGIL

See Schedules

27

EASTER

Dewitt 10:30

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

28 29

30

NYSSD

Religious Ed



31


*




March Birthdays

3 Anne Parish

5 Connor Evans

5 Linda Farrell

10 Robert Harmon

13 Michelle Burchett

13 Fr Robert Dwyer

23 Meghan Dadey Evans



March Anniversaries


10 Robin & Michael Brennan

31 Pauline & Frank Rakowski

 
 
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

APRIL 2005

1

2

Johnson City 5 Rome 5:15

3

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

4 5 6 <>
NYSSD
Religious Ed

Bible Study

Rome

6:30 PM - 8 PM

7

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM

8







9







10
Dewitt 10:30
Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

1 12

Barber Shop

+ ICDA Meeting

10 AM - 1 PM

Utica

13

NYSSD

Religious Ed

14 15

Catechetical Leaders

<>Meeting
Deaf Youth
<> Retreat
Toronto

Johnson City 5 Rome 5:15

Deaf Youth

Retreat

Toronto

7

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

18 19



20

21

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM



22 23



24 <>
Dewitt 10:30
Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11


26 27

NYSSD

Religious Ed

 

Bible Study

Fulton

6:30 PM - 8 PM

29







30

10 AM Fulton

Community Council

Meeting

Johnson City 5












April Birthdays

8 Edith Gregory

18 Desiree Kavanaugh

21 Marion Spuches

23 Donald Starks

24 Jean Hebbard

25 Bob Thurlow


April Anniversary

23 Regina & Kevin Welch



MONTHLY GIVING

Thank you to those who give!

October 2004  Envelopes: 7   Amount: $95

November 2004   Envelopes: 7  Amount: $170

December 2004    Envelopes: 4    Amount $50

Needed for Budget: $210/month

Mail to: Catholic Deaf Community PO Box 572   Rome NY 13442-0572


STILL TIME !

Nominate someone you think was wonderful for
The Catholic Deaf Community of the Syracuse Diocese

They may receive the next
Thomas Johns Memorial Appreciation Award
at this summer’s picnic!

Name:__________________________________________

Why:___________________________________________

Send to Catholic Deaf Community   PO Box 572   Rome NY 13442-0572



ALL ARE INVITED to the next Catholic Deaf COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING  APRIL 30th at 10 AM in Fulton


Community Council meeting  Nov. 11


  
SAVE THIS DATE:  Wednesday May 18th ICDA 102's  ANNUAL SPRING PICNIC DINNER!   Food, Raffles, Fun


“NCYC”
National Catholic Youth Conference for High School Students


October 27 - 30, 2005  in Atlanta, GA

Check out more at www.nfcym.org/ncyc
Parents: Sign up your teen now for the Deaf Group!
Send a $50 deposit to The Catholic Deaf Community
PO Box 572 Rome NY 13442-0572





Mary Margaret Van Damme with other Syracuse Diocese Youth Ministers
at the National Catholic Conference of Youth Ministers in Pittsburgh in Dec 2004
Getting Ready for NCYC!



DIOCESAN YOUTH DAYS March 5th 2005
Junior High School Students are invited to St Joseph’s in Liverpool
Grades 8-12 Students are invited to Holy Family in Syracuse
for more information:  Write/ call Mary Margaret  syrdeaf@ juno.com


 
Ages 13 - 17 are invited to  “Are You Connected?” A Weekend for Deaf Catholic Youth
April 15 - 17, 2005  Near Toronto, Canada  Low Cost + Transportation  Sign up by February 28th
For Information or Flyer  please call/write Mary Margaret Van Damme





The REAL Sue Thomas, FBI & Mary Margaret
We have her story on video! You can borrow it. It is very inspiring.



The kids from the Religious Ed class at NYSSD take bows after their play at the Rome Community Theatre



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