SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW: Rose Coriale
Many of you may know her from NYSSD, as she taught
there for a while. Rose graduated from the old New York State
School for the Deaf campus a long time ago, before World War 2. She went
on to attend a hearing college,
keep her in your prayers!
FRIENDLY FACES THROUGH THE YEARS
We often have photos of some of our folks in this newsletter, the "Friendly
1990--Fr Dick Kapral, Jane Long, Anne Parish.
In our newsletter's 10th year...
looking back on interesting stories:
There have been many different activities and events reported in our newsletter.
Some of the stories were not written in the newsletter.
People in the community remember painful events in the months before
the first issue. We had to fight for the survival of a full-time deaf ministry.
After Sr Margaret Duffy notified the diocese she would be leaving the Deaf
ministry office, she hoped the diocese would be quick to find ways for
Misunderstandings followed, with some angry meetings
between representatives of the Deaf community and the diocese. There were
some letters in The Catholic Sun criticizing the diocese. But things improved!
The diocesan leadership acted
Early in 1990, Bishop O'Keefe appointed Fr Pete
to head the Deaf ministryoffice, and funding was restored. Today, the diocesan
leaders have betterunderstanding of deaf people, and their support is stronger.
We learned alot from that experience. When we listen to each other, we
know we can
We often have stories in the newsletter
about situations that need to
Deaf ministry in our diocese goes back much longer
than 10 years. The diocese has provided services for deaf Catholics since
at least 1948. Sr Margaret Duffy spent many years building up our Deaf
Catholic church community, and it is good to see her work is enduring.
We have featured stories about our local deaf church history in many of
our newsletters. One
We have enjoyed reading about Deaf people from
around the world. Rememberwhen Fr Pete met Deaf people in Ghana in West
Africa? Remember when Marion
We try to make the newsletter educational for
everyone. We tell you what
From 1993 to 1995, many issues gave information about the ICDA convention planned for Utica. At first we were all afraid--could we do it? Pah! the convention was a big success. People were happy, and we had a profit!
PRINTING THE SIGN OF CHRIST
Our first issue was printed on a mimeo machine
at St Lucy's rectory.
The funds which cover the cost of this newsletter come from several sources. The Diocese of Syracuse provides funds for our mailing costs. The cost of the printing is covered by ad sponsors and other donations.
We send out about 500 of these newsletters each month. Most are to Deaf
households within our diocese. Many are sent out to local pastors, interpreters,
and friends of our local deaf church groups. Others go to deaf and hearing
friends around the
I hope you enjoy reading this issue of the Sign of Christ. If you want
tohelp us have more success in the future, I call your attention
to the page inside with info about donating money for our newsletter. :>)
We will miss Eve O'Donnell, who died in December. Deaf people in her home town of Auburn, NY, and the nearby Syracuse area,and Deaf people all over Central NY will miss her smiling face and positive attitude. Eve was always involved in many deaf activities in Central NY. If we had Deaf Awareness Week, dinners, picnics, tournaments, she was there.Often she helped on committees to make things happen. Our prayers are with her family.
We had an interpreter at St John's Church in Liverpool on Christmas Day. It seems the Catholic Deaf Community and Saint John's Church (on Soule Rd) will be working together in 1999 to provide more interpreters for Deaf people in the Northern suburbs. Do you like this idea?
UTICA- ROME AREA
Jean Hebbard has flown south with the geese, and will return from Florida in April.
The next ICDA meeting is on Jan 20th at St Francis Parish Center at 7PM.
The Utica -Rome "Barber Shop" adult group meets again on Jan 19 ,10 AM to1PM. Feb 16 ,also 10 Am to 1PM.
Mary Margaret Van Damme will be going to the NCOD Pastoral Week in TucsonArizona later this month. It will be her first time at NCOD. Those of us who have been there before know people will give MM a warm welcome. MM will already know some of the people there, because she has attended a few of our NY State pastoral workers' meetings. She will see some of our NY people at the NCOD week.
We all enjoyed the December Mass and party at Immaculate Conception Church in Fulton. We had prayer, food, presents, and fun.
Our next home Mass in Oswego County will be in February.
In November, Father Pete had a nice visit with the Menard family at their auto garage business near Oxford. Some of you may know there are 3 deaf sons in that family, all grown up adults now. The Menards are good honest business people and fun to visit,too!
Whether your car is hearing or deaf, they will do a good job!
At St Paul's Parish in Norwich, Fr Doug Cunningham has another new son. Yes, that's right. He has 2 sons, adopted from an orphanage in China!
People in Norwich support his decision to do this.
They are a big help toFr Doug, who has a big job, with both a parish to
run, and 2 sons to takecare of! St Paul's parish is one of the groups that
supports our newsletter.
|Since our people are spread all over 7 counties of
the diocese, communication can be a problem. But with our newsletter,
we can all find out what is happening in the diocese.
Of course, everyone receives this for free. But it costs money to produceour newsletter and mail it out to you. We estimate that 10 issues we send to your mailbox each year costs us about $8.00. It was a bit cheaper when we printed it on the mimeograph in the old days, but now you can actually READ the print in the newsletter. It's worth it,isn't it?
Think it over, and if you can, help us out with a donation. You can
clip the form below and mail it to our office in Utica.
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In the middle of the Christmas season, we celebrate the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD. Usually when we think of Epiphany we think of the story of the "3 Kings". See Matthew 2: 1-12 in your Bibles.
Actually, the Bible does not call them "kings", and does not say that there were 3. They left 3 gifts, but is possible that it was a big group that left the gifts. Matthew doesn't give all the details.
But why is this story important? The word Epiphany is from the Greek Language, it means "God's Light shines through." Epiphany means that God reveals Love to the world through Jesus Christ. The story of the wise visitors going to visit Jesus, from the East teaches us.
We learn that Jesus is light for
all of the world.
You have already experienced God's
love in your life.
Think about people who love you.
Think back on your past years-- the many special people who helped you
and were good to you.
When you have tough times, sad times
in your life, remember God's love is with you.
For a few months now, the Catholic Deaf community has sent information
to all the computer world with our new web page.
What is a web page?
A web page is computer information that everyone in the world can read on their computers. It is like a bulletin board or newsletter that any one in the world (really! the whole earth!) can read. The World Wide Web is a way
all computers in the world can share information with everyone. All you need is a computer and a phone hook-up.
We already have many people "on line" with electronic mail in our Catholic
Deaf community, and we send messages and letters from our computers all
the time. That's really handy when you live 100 miles from other mebers
of our church
Our web page address is:
Of course, if you're reading this on the web, you already know that!
Thanks to Jim VanDamme for making our web page happen!
And those of you visiting our site, thanks for checking it out! :>)