The Sign of Christ
Syracuse Catholic Deaf Community
May 2003 News
the Holy Spirit
On Sunday, April 6, the Most Reverend Bishop James M. Moynihan
celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation with 41 young men and women
at Saint James Church, Johnson City, NY. Among the newly
confirmed were Rachael Clare Chmiel (left), Rebecca Joan Chmiel
(right), Katherine Elizabeth Egitto, and Joseph Michael Romani. Joseph
signed the Welcome Presentation and Katherine signed the Candidates’
Address to the Bishop. Father Clifford Auth of St. James parish,
a concelebrant of the Mass, presented the candidates to the
by Frank Egitto
Bishop Moynihan delivered a number of poignant messages that were
particularly appropriate for those confirming their faith and entering
adulthood in their religious communities. He spoke of generosity
and caring as exemplified in Matthew 25: 31, expounding upon the
rewards bestowed upon those who feed the hungry, give drink to the
thirsty, and clothe the naked. He spoke of following the
teachings of Christ, and spreading His word, even under adverse
conditions, as the Apostles did after receiving the Holy Spirit on
Pentecost. Bishop Moynihan also encouraged the newly confirmed to
accept the call to religious vocations, and he encouraged parents to
avoid discouraging their children from accepting the call should it
Following the Mass, the Tabernacle Society of St. James hosted a
reception in the Monsignor Peter J. Owens Hall.
Welcome Frances Harmon!
Frances is probably well known to many of you, but despite coming to
Catholic functions for 20 years, she was not a Catholic! During the
workshop last August, Fr. Nelson asked her if she wanted to become a
Catholic, and she decided that she did. She was baptised
Espiscopalian, so she did not need to be baptised again, but she was
formally inducted by Fr. Peter Williams. Now she is one of us.
If you know someone who might be interested in joining the Catholic
faith, why don't you ask them? Maybe they are just waiting for an
her husband Bob
During the Palm Sunday Mass, Frances told her story and thanked
SUNDAY MASS with Bishop Moynihan ---- April 12, 2003
This year a lot more people came, so we had to take
two pictures to get them all! Suzy Trelease took many pictures. She is
a professional photographer.
Passing out palms
Joey Romano signs the words of Jesus in the Gospel
Katherine Egitto narrates the Gospel
Rachel Chmiel helps narrate the Gospel
We gave the Bishop a special crucifix. Mary Margaret explains what the
hands of Jesus are saying.
Fr. Peter Williams, his mother and friend
CONGRATULATIONS! It's now Monsignor Glenn
Nelson! Here with his family.
Meet the Photographer
(Confirmation & Palm Sunday)
Here with her husband Scott
on their wedding day in 1999
BEAUTIFUL BAPTISM 9/02
with his parents Jacqueline and Mark
THIS & THAT
May is the special month of Mary. Can the Deaf say the
Rosary? Sure, says Fr Mike Depcik! He does it all the time!
If you'd like a Rosary or information on it, just ask Mary Margaret.
Here are the women who attended the Breakfast with Dr. Gladys Sweeney
that was sponsored by the Diocesan Commission on Women in Church
and Society. It was very interesting and thought provoking. Hopefully
more Deaf people will come to things like this in the future.
Thank you to all who sponsored the Lenten Gatherings! They were
Please pray for those who have died:
Prayers for Sr Linda Jean's mother and brother, and also for Florence
Bouse (sister of Richard Coppola) would be appreciated.
- Margaret Suchocki, mother of Stanley
- Catherine Stevens, mother of John
- Joseph Starks, son of Angie & Don
Dates to put on your calendar:
May 21st: ICDA 102's Spring Picnic
June 7th: Tom Servatius will be Ordained !
July 26-27th: HS Youth Fest
Sept 27th: 55TH Anniversary Mass & Dinner
Junior High Youth Day - March 8, 2003
A delightful mix of learning and fun.
The three Deaf youth agreed it was a wonderful
time and definitely NOT BORING!
Presenter Vikki Shepp, Mary Margaret Van Damme,
The Deaf Youth and their new friends
Doing the Limbo
In The Future
High School Students
Grades 9-12 (in Fall 2003)
The Diocese of Syracuse is sailing (via plane)to the
2003 National Catholic Youth Conference
November 13-16 in Houston, Texas
YOUNG people deserve the best
Bring them to renew their faith, discover new friends,
and learn about their Catholic faith!
Write, call, fax or email Mary Margaret NOW!
High schoolers ( 9-12) save July 27th-28th
for the Diocesan Youth Fest!!
YOU CAN GO! Request Information Packet NOW from Mary Margaret!
SEPTEMBER 27, 2003
55th ANNIVERSARY of the
CATHOLIC DEAF COMMUNITY OF THE SYRACUSE DIOCESE
Special Mass and Banquet
Second Biennial International
Catholic Deaf Association
United States Section Conference
FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE: ROOTED IN FAITH
June 29 to July 5, 2003
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel 17th & Race Streets Philadelphia, PA
Host: Philadelphia Chapter #8
Jeffrey Fitzgerald General Chairman Philadelphia ICDA-US
2003 402 Maple Street
Jenkintown, PA 190462723
TTY/Voice: (215) 576-5016 E-mail: jlmjfitz @aol.com