The Sign of Christ

News from the Catholic Deaf Community

Diocese of Syracuse

Vol. 16 No. 3 -Sep-Oct 2005










CONGRATULATIONS!

    The Thomas Johns
Memorial Appreciation Award


presented to

Robert and Mary Menotti

“with much love and gratitude for your many years of service, devotion, support and  generosity”
by the Catholic Deaf Community of the Syracuse Diocese, July 31, 2005


SUMMER FUN IN THE SUN

Summer arrived with lots of sun and warmth. The Catholic Deaf Community gathered July 31st to celebrate together.  About 40 arrived to share Mass with Fr Peter Williams and the people of Holy Family- St Michael’s in Fulton and then have an enjoyable afternoon of food and fun.

Fr Peter spoke on the readings of the abundance of God’s blessings and how the miracle of feeding of the hungry crowd prepares us for the wonder of the Eucharistic Banquet ( receiving Jesus’ Body and Blood ).  What a special reminder in this Year of the Eucharist!

After Mass there was a pot luck dinner and then the presentation of the Thomas Johns Memorial Appreciation Award.  It is a special award given every two years to someone who has given much of him/herself to the Catholic Deaf Community as Thomas Johns himself did. The Award went to a very deserving couple: Mary and Robert Menotti.  Bea Murphy , who knows them so well, introduced them.

The afternoon continued with games for all: pie eating contest, balance skills, mummy-wrapping and apple-rolling races. There were also raffles that raised $103 to help send Deaf and KODA children to Camp Mark 7!

A BIG THANK YOU to the hard working Committee who put in so much hard work: Patty Parish, Mary and Robert Menotti, Frances and Bob Harmon, Elaine Coleman, and  Anne Parish.  Thank you to Mike Parish and Beth and Rob who helped set up.

CHANGES

ROME’S INTERPRETED MASS
will now be at St John the Baptist
every Saturday at 6:30 PM

JOHNSON CITY’S INTERPRETED MASS
will again be every Sunday at 10 AM








First Communion  

Mercedes Debowey,  granddaughter of MichelleBurchett  

            COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
Saturday, OCTOBER 8th 10 AM at CAROUSEL CENTER in SYRACUSE
in The Mattie Letham Community Room
ALL WELCOME!








First Communion


BellaDonna Sins, daughter of           interpreter Tamie Sins   

ALL WELCOME CAMP MARK 7
OCTOBER 8th 2005 OLD FORGE ROAD RACE & BBQ







Patty & Michael Parish
Married May 21, 2005


Your webmaster has many pictures of the wedding to share, that wouldn't fit here


Save These Dates:
November 16th : ICDA 102's Thanksgiving Dinner
December 4th: Syracuse Christmas Party

Wonderful Experience!      Close to home!
A Deaf Spiritual Retreat in ASL for adults sponsored by Emmanuel Church of the Deaf in Rochester

“Hunger for God”
Presenter: Deacon Patrick Graybill

October 22, 2005 Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm
Lions Park in North Gates ( near Rochester)

Cost of Retreat: $20 per person Includes: Continental Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Coffee/Tea

For Registration and Directions please contact Mary Margaret

DEADLINE OCTOBER 1, 2005







 Fr Robert Dwyer was invited to give the Invocation at the Rome Alumni Association’s Banquet celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the New York State School for the Deaf on June 18th 2005

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

SEPTEMBER








1 2

3

4

Dewitt 10:30

Syracuse 9

5

Labor Day

6



7 8 9

10

11

Dewitt

12 13

Barber Shop

10 am - 1 pm

14 15
Liverpool Group
16 17

18

Dewitt 10:30

19 20 21

NYSSD

Religious Ed

22 23

24



25

Dewitt 10:30

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27

28

NY State
Pastoral

29

NY State Pastoral

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      September Birthdays
17   Paul Szymanski
22   Rebecca Dadey
23   Jim Van Damme
29   Jane Long
September Anniversaries
7   Luciana & Adam Lopez
7   Jeanette & Tony  Romanowski
21 Julie & James Pasternak


             MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING


SEPTEMBER 23rd 24th  25th 2005!  OPEN CAPTIONED TRIPLE FEATURE  in Minetto between Fulton & Oswego
     (Herbie - Fully Loaded, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory,  and War of the Worlds)
 
 First Show Starts at 8 pm.  Social Hour/Tailgate Party” begins at 6pm!  Socialize! Bring frisbees, footballs, chairs, & blankets to stay warm! Fully stocked concession stand will also open at 6pm. Come on down and experience watching movies in your car or sitting outside. 
 
ONE TICKET FOR ALL 3 MOVIES 
Adults & children 12 & over $6.00.
Children 7-11 $2.00.
Children 6 & Under Admitted Free! *
* Provided  they are in a NYS required Child Restraint Safety Seat.
   
 Dan Farfaglia at Nemo089@yahoo.com        Manda Sievers at Unicolionguard@yahoo.com 
www.MIDWAYDRIVEIN.com          (315) 593-0699 or 343-0211 2475 Ste Rte 48 Fulton 13069

ICDA 102's Planning Meeting
September 21st 7 PM

St Francis DeSales
1119 Elm St
Utica NY



Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

OCTOBER 2005


1

Rome 6:30 PM

+Life Teen

2

Dewitt 10:30
Syracuse 9
Johnson City10
Fulton 11:15
Whitesboro 11


4 5

NYSSD

Religious Ed


6

Liverpool Group

10 AM -2 PM

7






8

Council Meeting
Carousel Mall
10 AM

Rome 6:30 PM
+ Life Teen

9

Dewitt 10:30
Syracuse 9
Johnson City10
Fulton 11:15
Whitesboro 11

10

Columbus Day

11

Barber Shop
10 AM-1 PM
Utica



12

NYSSD

Relious Ed



13

Catechetical Leaders Meeting

14
15 

Rome 6:30 PM

+ Life teen

16
Dewitt 10:30
Syracuse 9
Johnson City10
Fulton 11:15
Whitesboro 11

17

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19

NYSSD
Religious Ed

20

Liverpool Group
10 AM - 2 PM

21
22

Rome 6:30 PM

+ Life Teen

23

Dewitt 10:30
Syracuse 9
Johnson City10
Fulton 11:15
Whitesboro 11

24 25 26

NYSSD

Religious Ed

27

NCYC=
National
Catholic Youth
Conference
Atlanta, GA >>>

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NCYC

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NCYC

Rome 6:30 PM
+ Life Teen

30

Dewitt 10:30
Syracuse 9
Johnson City10
Fulton 11:15
Whitesboro 11

NCYC

31

All Hallow's Eve
(Halloween)


Holy Day tomorrow!









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

22 Mary & Paul Ryfun

24 Frances & Bob Harmon


THIS & THAT












Please pray for Fr Peter Williams.  As many of you may know, in June he announced to his parishioners that he would be leaving. 

The Bishop has granted him time to reflect.  His last day will be September 25th. 

This means a hard time ahead, but God can bring good out of everything.  Pray hard!
Please also remember in your prayers those who have died:
Florence Bouse, sister of Richard Coppola
Jennie Wilson, sister of Marion Baratta
Fr David Walsh, who worked with the Deaf across the country as an ICDA missionary
May they rest in peace.  May their families be comforted.

Congratulations to Suzi & Scott Trelease on the birth of Ashley Elizabeth on June 5th.  Hopefully we will have a picture of her Baptism in the next newsletter!

Have you been enjoying all the Summer Activities?  It has been a good year for all the picnics, and I have been to as many as I could.  Good times!

Now it is time to get ready for the next season:
School Time!  Is it just for the children?  No!  It is for all ages to review or learn!
Parents: have you signed up your children for Religion Classes in your parish?
Adults: have you decided to learn to be a part of your parish as a Reader or help with Communion at Mass?

This year there will Confirmation Classes for the older students at NYSSD.  Have YOU made Confirmation?
If not, and would like to, let Mary Margaret know!

This Fall a group of Deaf teens will join other teens from the Syracuse Diocese to travel to Atlanta, GA, to the National Catholic Youth Conference to learn with 25,000 other Catholic teens.  Mary Margaret will be busy preparing them for the experience.









Matt & Rebecca Dadey






 Taken by emanphoto.com



THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFTS:

Ed O’Toole
Robert & Frances Harmon
Leo & Suzanne Falcone
Mary & Robert Menotti
Marion Baratta
Heather Macri
Mary Margaret Van Damme
Valerie Allen
Anne Parish
Matt & Rebecca Dadey
Rose Benedict








The Pie-eating Event
at our picnic


PLAN AHEAD FOR FALL !   Email: syrdeaf (at) juno.com
  • Sign up your children for Religion Classes or Confirmation Classes
  • Sign up for Bible Study
  • Sign up to be Readers at Mass
  • Learn to teach Religion Classes
  • Learn Natural Family Planning

    



This is the Year of the Eucharist, OCTOBER 2004-OCTOBER 2005

“The Eucharist is the center of the Church’s life.  In it Christ offers Himself to the Father for our sake, makes us sharers in His own sacrifice, and gives Himself to us as the bread of life for our journey on the highways of the world.”
                               Pope John Paul II

Come to Mass with focused energy!
Sign the songs, Listen to the Scriptures,
Reflect during the silence, and Plead during the intercessions.


Before receiving Communion, say a special prayer:
“Jesus, I firmly believe that You are truly present in this Eucharist.”
Also, to show respect and reverence, make a simple bow of your head.


Bishop Moynihan signs "Body of Christ" to John Stevens

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus"
Hebrews 12: 2a

















The Toilet Paper Event
at our picnic


Make an investment in the future of the Deaf church...

SHARES IN THE KINGDOM
A Fundraiser  to send 4 of our Deaf Teens to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Atlanta in October
only $15 a Share

You will receive a picture of the Deaf teens taken at NCYC
Plus receive an invitation to hear their experiences at a Dessert Night in November


YES!  I would like to become a shareholder!
I want to support our Deaf Teens.

I would like to buy _____ shares at $15 each for a total of _______.

NAME ____________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS _________________________________________________________________

CITY, STATE, ZIP _________________________________________________________

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


INTERPRETERS NEEDED !

Are you an interpreter or do you know an interpreter who would like to be  involved in our Catholic Liturgies?
We are in need of skilled interpreters for religious settings.
Masses are in Rome, Whitesboro, Johnson City, Syracuse, and Fulton.
Please write:  syrdeaf @juno.com



MONTHLY GIVING

Thank you to those who give!

May 2005
Envelopes: 9   Amount: $250

June 2005
Envelopes: 4  Amount: $50

July 2005
Envelopes: 4    Amount $60

Needed for Budget: $210/month

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


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Mary Margaret interprets for the Bishop at a special Mass celebrating Natural Family Planning Week at Holy Family Church, Fairmount, July 25

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  8/28/2005