The Sign of Christ
Syracuse Catholic Deaf Community
Fall 2003 News
WONDERFUL DAY of CELEBRATION
September 27th 2003 the Catholic Deaf Community looked back on 55 years
...and celebrated! I hope you caught the beautiful story in The
Catholic Sun (October 2-October 8, 2003) by Eileen Jevis.
St Lucy’s Church was decorated with special care. Fr Peter
Williams celebrated Mass with exuberance. Thank you to all who prepared
and took part!
We have a movie of the Mass, banquet and speeches, and many pictures,
so if you want to see them contact the office!
|| The Banquet was well
attended. It was wonderful to see Sr Margaret
Duffy again and to award her the first Thomas Johns Memorial
Appreciation Award. Fr Peter was really surprised when he also
received the Award!
Fr Tom Coughlin, the first Deaf Catholic priest in the US, wrote this
thank the Syracuse Diocese and the Catholic Deaf Community members for
giving me a gift of inspiration and motivation to become a Roman Catholic
priest. In my days of youth, many priests and sisters and faithful
Catholic Deaf people inspired me to consider a religious vocation in the
and on account of your strong faith and commitment to the Catholic
Church, I felt motivated to complete my goal of becoming a Catholic
you very much for your prayers and support. God bless you all.
Love, Fr Tom Coughlin”
THANK YOU CATHOLIC DEAF COMMUNITY!
Sister Margaret Duffy and the "boys" she taught
Christmas & January 1st Mass schedules
Mass schedules will be similar to other years. Please check with your
local parish or with your local Lay Minister or with this Office
as the time gets nearer.
A wonderful holy-day
season to all!
AREA INTERPRETED MASS
has been moved to
ST PAUL’S, WHITESBORO every Sunday 11 AM
St Francis DeSales, December 3, 2003 6:30 PM
“The Jesse Tree” + Cookie Exchange (Bring many to share
& take home!)
FULTON Advent Pot Luck -
Holy Family-St Michael’s, December 17, 2003, 5:30 PM
St Joseph’s in Camillus,
December 14, 2003, Advent Prayer 4 pm
Fr Peter Williams will say asl Mass (no voice)
Syracuse Christmas Party 5 PM
CATHOLIC DEAF ASSOCIATION
What? ICDA Chapter 25 Meeting
Who? Anyone interested from Syracuse and its
vicinities: Fulton, Oswego, Watertown, Auburn, Manlius, ETC WELCOME
When? November 16th immediately following 9 AM Mass
at St Lucy’s
Where? Brunch & Meeting at Foster’s Restaurant in Liverpool
FUTURE DATES TO SAVE
March 6th 2004: High School Students “Bob & Bob”, St
March 13th 2004: Junior High Day in Syracuse for Students
May 14-16 2004: Fr Mike Depcik will be in Scranton,
October 7-10, 2004: Deaf Cursillo in NYC for Adults 21 &
National Catholic Youth Conference
November 13-16 in Houston, Texas !!
In 2001 our Diocese had the ONLY
deaf representatives: two out of 25,000 teens.
This year Holly, Rachael, Matt & William are going.
If you would like to help with the expenses, send a contribution to
Catholic Deaf Community
1119 Elm Street
Utica NY 13501
THIS & THAT
Congratulations to the winners of the
raffle for the 55th Anniversary:
Betty Sabia, John & Mary Ellen Stevens, and Pat Maher!
Congratulations to Mary & Robert Menotti on their 50th Wedding
Anniversary on November 14th!
Congratulations to Jane Long on her second grandson James Anthony born
October 2nd to Jennifer & Keith Redmore!
Please note: Due to family moves, Interpreted Masses in the Utica area
have been moved to St Paul’s in Whitesboro.
If you live in the Cortland area, please respond about starting
interpreted Masses in your area!
Classes have started at NYSSD! The younger students are learning
of Jesus’ life and teachings.
The older students have each received a Bible and will learn about it.
The Question & Answer Nights for Adults that were held in Fulton
and Johnson City were fun. Hopefully we can do more in the Spring!
Special Request for the Deaf: could you
visit Dot Lightaul in Vernon?
Needed for Budget: $210/
The Banquet Balloon Committee
struggles with decorations (Tony is in there somewhere)