The Sign of Christ

News from the Catholic Deaf Community

Diocese of Syracuse


Vol 18 No 3 June - July - August 2007


MY CHURCH FAMILY

Deaf and the Reconfiguration in the Diocese

On TV and in the newspapers and in our parishes are stories about our Catholic Churches merging or closing. Pros and Cons. Everyone full of questions and anxiety. It's an hot topic! For the Deaf will it mean big changes?

For years the Deaf have gone to churches where there is an interpreter provided. Most times this means driving far. Interpreters also drive many miles. We are used to that! Having the Mass in our language is so important we literally "go the extra mile".

Facing changes, to be decided within a year or so, are: Holy Family in Fulton, St Lucy's in Syracuse, and St James in Johnson City.

Let us pray for unity and strength for all in the Diocese of Syracuse.

In Fulton's Holy Family Church, the interpreted Mass is 8:45 AM




PALM SUNDAY with Bishop Thomas Costello   ----   March 31 2007  ----- Christ the King  Retreat Center, Syracuse

The Thomas Johns Memorial Appreciation Award
presented to
Marion Baratta
with much love and gratitude
for your many years of
love, service, encouragement, and generosity
by the Catholic Deaf Community
of the Syracuse Diocese

March 31, 2007

CONGRATULATIONS, MARION!
Mary DeMatteo-Vitale's speech  for Marion Baratta




Marion is by far one of the most extraordinary women I have ever met. Her dedication to the Catholic Deaf Community has been an example for people of all ages. She has had and continues to have many roles in the Catholic Deaf Community. She is an interpreter, a religious education teacher, a leader of several council meetings or groups, a leader in prayer and spirituality, a friend, and a mentor.

Marion shows nothing but kindness, patience, and love to all people. In return she is loved and highly respected by all who know her.

Marion is always there to lend a helping hand and to support all of us whether that be in good times or difficult times. And her help goes a long way!

Marion’s spirituality and openness has touched many lives. Our good friend, Mattie Latham, had a very special relationship with Marion. Marion’s love and support and interpreting skills allowed Mattie to go through training to become a deaf lay minister.

Thanks to Marion’s encouragement and support, members of the deaf community are involved fully in the liturgy at St. Lucy’s Church. We participate in various social outreach activities and we participate as lectors, ushers, and Eucharistic ministers.

Maybe you don’t know this about Marion. But, she is quite the party girl. She opens her home for a variety of “get togethers” such as prayer meetings, reconciliations, and covered dish suppers.

Marion truly is one very special person. She has touched so many lives in so many ways. I think I speak for everyone – Marion – we love you and we are honored to present the TJ Award to you.



The St. Lucy's group poses with Marion





The Procession




Reading the Passion






This & That

    CONGRATULATIONS  to Rebecca and Matt Dadey on the birth of Bryce Thomas on May 1st.

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the GRADUATES.
Kateri Van Damme, daughter of Mary Margaret and Jim, graduated from LeMoyne College on May 20th.  She joined the Peace Corps and will leave for Madagascar in early June for two years.

Please pray for Anne Parish, who is recuperating from back surgery.

Please pray for those who have died, and their families:
Jean Hebbard, who was MM’s “Deaf mom”
Caroline Schill, mother of Donna Wine
Mary Ellen Ford, mother of Michael Ford
Angelo Giansanti of Rome

Keith Grant participated in the Good Friday presentation of the Passion at St John the Baptist in Rome.  No voices, few props.  It was awesome!

Recently, Steve Wilczek, of Remsen,  pitched a complete baseball game for the Rams with 11 strikeouts as they beat Old Forge.  Go, Steve!

Best Wishes to Angelo Coppola on his retirement from Aurora of CNY.

On May 24th, at St Lucy’s Cabaret Night, the Deaf group dressed as cowboys and cowgirls as Tom DeFrancisco lead them in sign and dance.

Students in the religion classes at New York State School for the Deaf were able to attend Mass on Ascension Thursday at St Mary’s in Rome.  The teachers received permission from the parents, who live far away. Breakfast afterwards was an added treat.
   
OUR CONGRATULATIONS PRAYERS  and BEST WISHES
to
Bishop James M. Moynihan

on 50 years of Priesthood

The Catholic Deaf Community of the Syracuse Diocese

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
JUNE 2007









1

NYSSD

Family Day



2

Johnson City 5



Rome 6:30

+ Life Teen Night

3



Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

4







Pathways

Religious Education Dinner

5







6





7

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM

8

Workshop Day

for Catechetial Leaders

9







Rome 6:30

+ Life Teen Night

10

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Johnson City 10

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

11 12

Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM

New Hartford



13


14



15
16

Johnson City 5



Rome 6:30

+ Life Teen Night

17

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

18 19 20





21

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM

22

NYSSD

Graduation



23

Rome 6:30

+ Life Teen Night

24

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Johnson City 10

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

25

26

27



28




29
30

Johnson City 5

Rome 6:30

+ Life Teen Night


June Birthdays

1 Paul Ryfun

5 Ashley Trelease

9 Mabel Edic

11 Valerie Allen

12 Peter Williams

14 Bella Marie Hnelosub

14 John Stevens

17 Frances Harmon

19 Kelly Jo Cutler

20 Michaela Debowey

20 Mary Ryfun

23 Albert D Perry, Jr

27 Anna Kofman

June Anniversaries

16 Maria & Ralph Mingolelli

21 Jennie & Bob Joseph



Mathew Heinlein and his parents
St. Peter's, Rome
Sun     Mon   Tue Wed    Thu       Fri   Sat
JULY 2007




1

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

2 3

4

Happy

4th of July

5







6





7

Rome: ask MMVD

8

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Johnson City10

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

9

10

Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM

New Hartford

11



12





13








14

Johnson City 5

Rome: ask MMVD



15

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

16





17








18







19 20 21


Rome: ask MMVD

22

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Johnson City10

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

23 24 25







26







27 28

Johnson City 5

Rome: ask MMVD

29

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

30

31



July Birthdays

10 Sue Weaver

13 Karolina Lachut

19 Rob Thurlow Jr

20 Mathew Heinlein

20 Holly Kavanaugh

26 Robert Menotti

30 Ryan Lee


July  Anniversaries

6 Jim & Mary Margaret Van Damme
8 Matt & Rebecca Dadey


Michaela Debowey and her family
Grandmother Michelle Burchett
Parents Stephanie and Dennis
sister Mercedes
St Paul's, Whitesboro

            Sun           Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
AUGUST 2007





1



2

3


4

Rome 6:30

+ Life Teen

5

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Johnson City 10

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

6

Vacation Bible School

Rome

7

Vacation Bible School

Rome

Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM

Utica

8

Vacation Bible School

Rome




9

Vacation Bible School

Rome

10

Vacation Bible School

Rome

11

Johnson City 5

Rome 6:30

+ Life Teen

12

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

13 14

Vigil Mass

Check your parish

for Mass

15

Feast of the

ASSUMPTION

Of Mary

Check your parish

for Mass

16



17


18



Rome 6:30

+ Life Teen

19

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Johnson City 10

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

20 21 22







23 24







25

Johnson City 5


Rome 6:30

+ Life Teen

26

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:45

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11



27

28

29



30



31




August Birthdays

1 Justin Frechette

5 Matt Cutler

5 Jonah Frechette

8 Heather Macri

9 Charles O'Bryan

19 Margaret Rocco

20 Sr Margaret Duffy

20 Rachael & Rebecca Chmiel

25 Suzanne Falcone

25 Luciano Mingolelli

30 Marion Baratta


Diversity Day at Holy Family, Fairmount March 30th
  Kevin and Carolyn Schindler enjoying  the evening (Kristina and Ashley were looking around)



Staffing the  Deaf Culture table: MMVD, Karolina, Virginia and her son Keith


******** IMPORTANT NOTICE: Community Council ********

In the last newsletter, I asked for input on this Catholic Deaf Community. One person, a Hearing one, replied. What do you think of that?

Again, I ask you to think about the future of this ministry. Should there be Deaf Ministry in the Syracuse Diocese?

"What is the Community Council? It is a group of people from all parts of the Syracuse Diocese who come together to find what you, the Deaf, want in the Catholic Deaf Community and Diocese. What are the strengths, the weaknesses, the opportunities?

Would YOU like to be part of this? Come with your concerns and your ideas."

Please send me your name and how I may reach you: email: syrdeaf@juno.com 

YOU hold the future!

May 18: MM thanks the Knights of Columbus for donating $1000


HOPE...
is power by which we can focus and be fed on the promises of Jesus Christ, 

no matter what is happening in our personal lives or human history.

           ---Fr Pat McNulty




William Lamberti, on his first communion day

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