The Sign of Christ
Syracuse Catholic Deaf Community
June 2003 News
The ICDA May picnic in Utica...
...wasn't all serious
EXPLAINS HIS NEW JOB
"Hi" to everyone!
Many of you already know that I am moving to Fulton in July, to become
pastor of Holy Family and St Michael Parish.
The two churches recently joined together to become one parish. I will
be busy there with the new job. Will I still do things with the Deaf
Community? The answer is YES! YES! YES!
I hope we will soon be able to see signing happening at Mass every week
in Fulton at Holy Family Church at 11AM Sunday mornings. You are all
welcome to visit me in Fulton.
Will I also continue to go to other places? When we have special
Deaf church events in other towns, I will try to attend as often as I do
now. Driving across the diocese is always in your blood when you are
involved with the Catholic Deaf Community!
I will be sad to leave St Joseph's Church in Camillus. The last 2 and
1/2 years have been wonderful. At the same time, I look forward to
living in Fulton and meeting new friends there, and seeing more of
those "old" Deaf faces in Oswego County, too!
/ BAD NEWS
Many of you have heard the news of Diocesan Cuts. This was due to
many things and
many beyond our control. If people are not able, or are
unwilling, to give to the Hope
Appeal ...things must change.
The good news is that the Catholic Deaf Community continues!
The bad news is that the Office hours have been reduced.
Since Jane Long is happily becoming a grandmother once again in
September, she gave
up her time to Mary Margaret who will try to fit as much as she can
into 28 hours per
Do you have suggestions on what to focus on?
Do you see opportunities to jump in to help?
Lay Ministers! Teachers! Secretarial work! Newsletter writer or
Fundraising! Home/Hospital visiting! Shall I go on? :-)
You can think of more!
The kids in Religious Ed at NYSSD
Big kids and MM's helpers
Meghan Dady Evans
Born March 23rd 2003
Baptism May 11th 2003
Cody Stanley Sharpsteen
Congratulations to the parents and to the brothers! (Hopefully there'll
Born May 5th 2003
Baptism May 24th 2003
Please pray for these friends and their families:
- Ferris Stevens, father of John
- Sophia Kuklo, mother of Carol and grandmother of Adam Drake
- Fr Frederick Prevost of St Ann's Whitesboro
Dollars for Scholars Scholarship...again!
Dorothy Lightaul is now living in Vernon! She would love to have Deaf
visitors who will sign to her.
The Community Council met May 17th. If you would like a copy of
the Minutes, just ask!
'Real Life' Connects with 'Church'
by Jane Long
A Spring Weekend Retreat for the Catholic Deaf
Community presented in ASL by
Timothy "Timo" Owens at the Good News Center in Utica on April 26-27,
Owens is well known among the Deaf Community in the United States and
Canada. He is the youngest of seven children including four who
are deaf. Timo attended Gallaudet
University and Western Maryland College and currently is on the faculty
of the University of
Kentucky teaching American Sign Language (ASL) at the Interpreter
Training Program. He
also is the Director of the National Deaf Cursillo and the National
Deaf Youth Sports Festival.
People from Poughkeepsie and Ottawa arrived Friday evening to be ready
for the workshop
which began Saturday morning at breakfast. Almost immediately
upon arrival, Timo gave out 'assignments' to practice with each other
in preparation for the Mass which Father Peter
Williams would be celebrating.
Timo's background in theater and the classroom enables him to present
material in a very clear and exciting way. Our first formal
workshop began with an introduction to Timo himself. We learned about
his family, his special relationship with his mother who was blind,
his education and how his name evolved from "everyone's brother" to
We were then introduced to Jesus and his many characteristics: caring,
committed, responsible, loving, etc. From the long list of
characteristics, we were asked to choose five that we felt identified
ourselves. It was interesting to see that each of us has Jesus
We broke into three groups, each with a question to discuss: "Our
hope for the future", "The biggest problem facing the world today",
"Things we enjoy doing" and were to number the Top Ten results
of our discussion. When presented to the large group, there was a big
connection between the problems and the hopes despite the groups being
in different rooms during the
All day Saturday we worked together with breaks for lunch, Mass, and
dinner. Saturday night,
we played "Millionaire" with Timo as Regis Philbin (or Meredith).
What fun! We also received
homework: each a Saint to study about.
On Sunday we gathered again in the meeting room for more
meditation through a series of beautiful nature pictures about how God
is present to us in the world in everyday things around us.
Then we were broken up into groups again where we had to tell the
others in our small group about "our" saint. After that, each of
the four groups had to choose one of the saints and prepare a skit to
show the life and good works to the rest of the participants.
What a great way it was for us to learn about St. Elizabeth of
Hungary, Mother Theresa, Maximillan Kolbe, and Pope John Paul II!
Through all this interaction in the groups plus the sharing at meals,
by the time of our departure after Sunday lunch we felt like old
friends with each other. We felt a deeper friendship and
understanding of God and Jesus as well.
Journey of Faith 2003
September 26- 27th. Many interesting Workshops! (not listed
yet...but always good)
If you find one you like, I'm sure it can be interpreted.
Next year maybe we can have a Deaf Presenter!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR DAW!
THE CATHOLIC DEAF COMMUNITY OF THE SYRACUSE DIOCESE
ANNIVERSARY OF SERVICE
4 PM MASS in SIGN at St Lucy's in Syracuse
Followed by an AWARDS BANQUET at the K of C Hall on State Fair in
TICKETS ARE $25 (None sold at the door) Must be reserved before
DO IT NOW!! Send to
Catholic Deaf Community
104 White Road
N Syracuse, NY 13212