The Sign of Christ

News from the Catholic Deaf Community

Diocese of Syracuse

Vol. 15 No. 4 - September-October 2004


A Hope Appeal


Ministry








We Will Miss You, Mattie, So Very Much

May 29th was a beautiful, sunny day.   Everyone wanted to be out and about. Mattie Letham was no different.  Just before noon, she was killed by a train.

Those of us who knew her are left with a great loss, but trust in God's mercy.

Mattie was a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend.   She was a strong advocate for the Deaf.  


For the Catholic Deaf Community of the Syracuse Diocese she was one of the few Lay Ministers for the Deaf, being commissioned in 1986. Her courage and independence and enthusiasm were an inspiration to many.

August 3rd our Community Council Meeting was held in the newly-dedicated “Mattie Letham Community Room” at Carousel Mall in Syracuse.   Mattie had set up the arrangements in May.

Mattie's funeral Mass was at St Lucy's where she ministered.   Thank you to all who made it a beautiful celebration.


May she rest in peace.






Mass Change in Rome


moved from Saturday September 4th to Sunday September 5th

9:30 AM St Mary's



SPECIAL THANK YOU


The Knights of Columbus of Central NY for their strong support

Rachael Chmiel  for her remarks at the K of C Dinner

and Jane Long for presenting Deaf ministry to St Joseph’s, Camillus, in July






The K of C’s 55th Burse Dinner: President Gerald Syrocki, MMVD, Rachael Chmiel



Adult Faith Formation

Groups to gather for Bible Study
6:30 PM-8PM

Fulton: Thursdays: September 30th and October 28th
        at Holy Family

Rome: Wednesdays: September 22nd and October 20th
        at 401 Floyd Ave




NORTH


Holy Family-St Michael

45 W 45th St   Fulton



WEST

St Lucy

Gifford St 2 blocks from West St in Syracuse

Holy Cross

4112 E Genesee in Dewitt


Where our
Churches are
Located

EAST

St Paul

on the Green in Whitesboro

St Peter

N James near the Fort in Rome



SOUTH

St James

Main Street in Johnson City






JUMP IN!

You are needed!    Especially:  Interpreters   Youth Leader/ Chaperone  Eucharistic Ministers     Servers

Find out how -     Join in the Fun!

_____Committee to select the next Thomas Johns Appreciation Award winner

_____Committee working on the Summer ‘05 Picnic

_____Committee to plan the next Mass with Bishop Moynihan

_____chaperoning the next youth event (Jr HS Day- Oct 9th)

_____Visiting NYSSD’s religion class to meet the students

_____Draw a picture for the newsletter! (Christmas?)

______I can do__________________

 Send to Mary Margaret: syrdeaf (at)juno.com




NOT LONG ENOUGH
May 22nd started early for the groups driving down to Scranton, PA.  There was excitement and anticipation...and sunshine.
Everyone was looking forward to meeting Fr Mike Depcik, one of the few Deaf priests.  He was spending the weekend but we were going for only Saturday.

We were greeted warmly with a lovely breakfast then into the day.  The topic was “The Rosary” and we started by making our own!  Then we went deeper into everything about it, stopping only for Mass and meals. 

Making our rosaries


We learned about the Shroud of Turin, and used that to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries. 







Jeanette,  Krista,  Keith,  Fr Mike,  Karolina,  Rachael,  Mary Margaret,  Ryan







After dinner there was the opportunity to go to confession.  We wished we could have stayed longer.

SAVE OCTOBER 7-9, 2005 FOR FR MIKE IN ROCHESTER, NY !


Holy Days of Obligation

Catholics obligated to go to Mass

*Nov 1st All Saints

*Dec 8th Immaculate Conception

*Dec 25th Christmas

*Jan 1 Mary Mother of God

*Aug 15th Assumption of Mary



THIS & THAT


Remember when you had to write about “What I Did This Summer”?  It was a good chance to see what really happened in such a short time.
This summer started with the sudden death of Mattie Letham, shortly after the last newsletter went out.  It is a great loss to the community.

Also please remember in prayer these others and their families. They will also be missed very much:


Please remember to pray for Frances Harmon who is recovering from surgery.

Congratulations to Melissa (Lansing) & Irfan Merdanovic on their marriage May 22nd!
Congratulations to Denise & Peter Hnelosub on the birth of Bella Marie on June 14th!

Thank you to those who sent in their newsletter support


I traveled to Ohio to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the ordination of Fr Edward Oen, who taught me in HS and also officiated at my wedding.  He spoke of what he teaches in 10 words: “God loves us. God forgives us. God is with us.” Since this can be said in 9 signs, I’ll add a 10th sign for my students:

“ALWAYS!”




HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YOUR CHILDREN FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION YET???




  Taken at the May party  for the NYSSD religious ed students




DID YOU KNOW THAT

*anything offered by the Diocese is open to the Deaf if you let them know early that an interpreter is wanted?

*the annual Journey of Faith is September 25th...a wonderful day of inspirational talks and workshops?!

*if you are interested in becoming a teacher of religion you can sign up for classes?  They are in 3 courses: The Catechist, The Word, and Discipleship. They are available in all areas.

*there is an ASL Gospel of Luke that you can borrow from Mary Margaret’s Office?  See it to believe it!!

*you are welcome to borrow books and videos on ideas for Family Life, and Scripture, and Spirituality, and LOTS MORE...for FREE...from your local Diocesan Resource Center?!

RESOURCE CENTERS    -------   A Free Catholic Library!
West
1342 Lancaster Ave Syracuse (315) 472-6752
44 N Main St   Cortland (607) 756-2532
North
108 E Sixth St   Oswego (315) 343-5557
East
1 Sherman St New Hartford (315) 797-4030
South
705 W Main St    Endicott (607) 786-9649
30 Pleasant St    Norwich (607) 337-2201




3rd Annual BBQ Chicken Fundraiser Dinner for CAMP MARK 7

October 9th 2004 2 - 3:30 PM


Adults $10      Seniors/Child(under 12) $5


Lodging & Meals Available  for Fri/Sat (Oct 8/9)


Contact Dave: Davebusy(at)aol.com or WWW.CAMPMARK7.ORG



 WHO WOULD YOU NOMINATE FOR THE NEXT  THOMAS JOHNS MEMORIAL APPRECIATION AWARD ?
Send the person’s name to: CDC,    PO Box 572 Rome NY 13442-0572


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

SEPTEMBER 2004






1

2

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM



3 4

STCD Picnic

**Rome moved to

tomorrow Sunday 9:30AM StMary's)



Johnson City 5

5

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

6

Labor Day

7



8

9 10

Catechetical Leaders

Meeting

11



SMTD PICNIC

12

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

13 14

Barber Shop

+ ICDA Meeting

10 AM - 1 PM

Utica

15



Youth Ministers

Meeting

16

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM



17
18

Johnson City 5 Rome 5:15

19

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

20 21 22

NYSSD

Religious Ed



Bible Study

Rome

6:30 PM -8 PM

23 24 25



Journey of Faith

Syracuse

26

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Fulton 11:15

Whitesboro 11

27

28

NY State

Workers

Esopus

--------------

29



Pastoral

Meeting

NY

--------------

30



Bible Study

Fulton

6:30 PM - 8 PM


*



September  Birthdays

17  Paul Szymanski
23 Jim Van Damme
29 Jane Long

September  Anniversaries

  7   Luciana & Adam Lopez


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

October 2004

1 2

Johnson Cit y 5 Rome 5:15

3

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

4

5 6

NYSSD

Religious Ed

7

Liverpool Group

10 AM -2 PM

8

9

Jr HS Youth Day

10

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

11 12

Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM

13

NYSSD

Relious Ed

14 15

16

Johnson City 5 Rome 5:15

17

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

18 19

20

NYSSD

Religious Ed

21

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM

22 23

OCAD

Fall Festival

24

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

25 26 27

NYSSD

Religious Ed

28



29 30

Johnson City 5

31

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9






October Birthdays

1    Joey Romani
5     Angeline Fitzgerald
11   Donald Holmes
16   Beth Thurlow
17   Glynn Gregory
19   Joan Keeffe
20    Melissa (Lansing) Merdanovic
20    Robin Brennan
22    Melinda Farrell
22    Gary Lazarek
23    Mary Menotti

October  Anniversaries

19 Jen & Matt Roberts
20 Esther& Trevor Hughes
22 Mary & Paul Ryfun
24 Frances & Bob Harmon


   

DEAF CURSILLO 2004 : October 7 - 10

What is it? A weekend experience to help people come alive and gives encouragement.  It makes life worth living.  You will love the friendliness, the warmth, the spirit of Jesus you see in each other. Come and see!

There is a registration fee and cost. Financial help is available.

Schedule: It will start Thursday at 7:30 PM and end on Sunday by 5 PM.  Time to travel to and from Douglaston, Queens, NY!

How to Apply:
Contact Mary Margaret at the Office:
syrdeaf@juno.com  Or PO Box 572 Rome NY 13442-0572
Or 315-404-5674 (V or use relay)



PLEASE SEND US:

Have you ever been to Camp Mark 7?   Could you send me when you were there?

Send to the address (email or snail mail) on our home page



Have YOU received
 CONFIRMATION?

Maybe you have been Baptized and made your First Communion, but have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  It is never too late!  The Church would
love to help you.  Just let Mary Margaret know, and you will be started on your way!

Not yet a baptized Catholic?  Maybe not married in the Catholic Church?  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
The Catholic Church wants YOU to be fully alive!

Do your children, Deaf or Hearing, need to be taught?
Do you want help joining in your parish classes?
Mary Margaret is ready to help that happen.

FAITH FORMATION IS FOR YOU!


CONGRATULATIONS

The Frechette Family at Justin’s 1st Communion on May 2nd




MONTHLY GIVING


Bread for myself is a material question; bread for my neighbor is a spiritual question.

                -Jacques Maritain

Thanks for gifts of your time, talent, and money!

May 2004
Envelopes: 5  Amount: $66.66

June 2004
Envelopes: 7 Amount: $106.66

July 2004
Envelopes: 5   Amount: $80

Needed for Budget: $210/month!

Mail to: Catholic Deaf Community
PO Box 572
Rome NY 13442-0572








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