The Sign of Christ

News from the Catholic Deaf Community

Diocese of Syracuse

Vol. 19 No.3 - Sep - Oct  - Nov 2008




The Year of St Paul  -  June 28th 2008-June 29th 2009


2000 years ago, 8AD, St Paul was born.

Pope Benedict XVI has declared this year a special time. We can take time and really study what St Paul teaches.

We have many of his letters.  They are found in the Bible in the New Testament: Romans , Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus and Philemon.  We read them at Mass. 

Paul was a Pharisee.  Saul was his Jewish name.  His job was tentmaking.  First he arrested Christians.  Then Christ appeared to him and changed his heart.  He traveled far and wide teaching the Gospel and bringing many people into the church.

Above is the logo for the Year of St Paul:

The CHAIN helps us to remember that St Paul was in prison.
The SWORD shows us he was martyred (killed because he was a Christian). He was beheaded.
The BOOK symbolizes the epistles (letters) St Paul wrote.
The CROSS is for Christ.  Paul said,”We preach a Christ crucified.”
The TONGUE of FLAMES represents the Holy Spirit.
The 2008-2009 are the dates of the Pauline Year.
The 29 VI represents June 29th, the ending of the Pauline Year. (VI is the Roman numeral for 6. June is the 6th month of the year.)
   


Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous,
(love) is not pompous, it is not inflated,
    it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered,
it does not brood over injury,
    it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
    It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
    Love never fails.

St Paul, I Corinthians 13


November 16th 1978-2008 is the 30th Anniversary of the US Bishops’ Pastoral Statement on People With Disabilities.

Did you know this Pastoral Statement helped ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) become law?   Parts of it were read in the US Senate debate on the ADA.

In 1998, the US Bishops wrote again:  Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities, A Framework of Access and Inclusion
 
You may read these for yourself on the web: www.ncpd.org/pastoral_statement_1978.htm   &  www.usccb.org/doctrine/disabilities.htm

The Bishops’ beliefs and goals are wonderful!  Have they been achieved fully in our diocese? 
What do YOU think?   Let me know at syrdeaf@juno.com

“Cherish complainers:  they tell you what to change.”


Where are Interpreted Masses? 
         
North: parishes are joining this Fall into a new parish: Holy Trinity, Fulton
South:  St James, Johnson City, Main Street
East:    St Paul, Whitesboro on the green
West:   St Lucy, Syracuse,  432 Gifford

Interpreted Masses in Rome are being rescheuled.







THIS & THAT
Summer is now a memory.  I hope a nice one.

         Jane Long gave our annual presentation on the Catholic Deaf Community at her home parish of St James in Johnson City.  They gave very generously.  Thank you, Jane and St James!
       

 From our diocese’s newest priest:

“Dear brothers & sisters in Christ,
 Thank you for your prayers, support and gift.
May God continue to bless your Community!
Thank you for thinking of me on this joyous occasion. 
Take care & God bless,
                        Father Christopher Celentano”





Please pray for Matthew Chmiel, nephew of Rachael Chmiel.  He’s been sick this summer.

Fr Tom Coughlin made surprise visits to our diocese at St James, Johnson City, and Christ the King, Liverpool.  Many were able to attend his Masses. A Mass in our language is so important!

Any questions or comments on anything? I’d be happy to get them!  syrdeaf@juno.com




Rest in Peace:  Alice Johns, mother of Tom Johns




Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

SEPTEMBER 2008






Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City10

Whitesboro 11

1


Labor Day

2 3





4

Liverpool Group

10 AM -2 PM





5









6

Johnson City 5

7

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

8

9

Barber Shop
&
ICDA 102
Meeting

10 AM - 1 PM
New Hartford

10
11

12

Catechetical

Leaders
Meeting



13




14 

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City10

Whitesboro 11

15







16

NY State Pastoral Workers

with the Deaf

Meeting Esopus

17

NY State Pastoral 

Workers with the Deaf

Meeting Esopus

18

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM

19 20

SMTD Picnic


Johnson City 5

21

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

22

DAC Meeting 6PM

23 24

NYSSD

Religious Ed



25







26 27

Journey of Faith
9-5 Syracuse



28

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City10

Whitesboro 11

29

30





     September Birthdays
5    Deb Shaffer
6     Keith Grant Jr
8     William Lamberti
15   Rockia Ricketts
17   Paul Szymanski
22   Rebecca Dadey
23   Jim Van Damme
27   Joanne Jackowski
28    Dick Byrnes
29   Jane Long


          September Anniversaries
6  Czeslawa & Bogdan Lachut
7    Jeanette & Tony  Romanowski
12   Beth & Bob Heinlein
16  Amy & Richard Coppola
18  Virginia & Keith Grant
21  Julie & James  Pasternak
22   Donna & Ray Carroll



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Please pray for our seminarians:

Deacon Lukasz Koslowski
James Schultz (Pastoral Year)
Christopher Seibt
Christopher Ballard
Kristopher Scheibel  (knows Sign Language)
Rene Fahey
Lawrence Martone
Zachary Miller    (knows Sign Language)
Jason Hage

Pray for Priests to offer Mass in our Language!



Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

OCTOBER 2008









1

NYSSD

Religious Ed

2

Liverpool Group

10 AM- 2 PM

3

Catechetical Leaders

Meeting


TGIFF

4

Johnson City 5



5

Dewitt 11:15
Fulton 8:30
Syracuse 9
Whitesboro 11

6 7 8

NYSSD

Religious Ed


9 10 11
12

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City10

Whitesboro 11

13

Columbus Day

14

Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM

New Hartford

15

NYSSD

Relgious Ed


16

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM





17





18

Johnson City 5

19

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

20 21 22

NYSSD

Religious Ed

23









24







25







26

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City10

Whitesboro 11

27 28 29


NYSSD

Religious Ed

30 31





October Birthdays

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

         October Anniversaries

7   Edith & Glynn Gregory
19 Jen & Matt Roberts
22 Suzanne & Leo Falcone
22  Mary & Paul Ryfun
24  Frances & Bob Harmon --- 55 YEARS!!
25  Pat & Dan Maher 


CANCELLED.............   Nov 20-23, 2008, CURSILLO!







REGISTRATION for ALL CAMPERS
(returning & new)

January 5th  First come, first serve!

Deaf Youth: June 28-July10
Deaf Children: July 12-18 (1 week)
KODA Children: July 19-July 31
KODA Youth: August 2-August 14
For more information: campmark7.org
or campdirector@campmark7.org



     ALL WELCOME to Camp Mark Seven

OLD FORGE ROAD RACE followed by
CM7's Famous BBQ
2- 4 PM, October 11th 2008

Adults: $10     Children/Seniors: $5
More information: www.campmark7.org






St Lucy’s West Side Cabaret, May 29th 2008





What a cast! What an event! CONGRATULATIONS!



Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

NOVEMBER 2008

1

Johnson City 5

2

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

3

4

Election Day

5

NYSSD

Religious Ed

6

Liverpool Group

10 AM - 2 PM


Confirmation 7 PM

St Paul, Whitesboro

7

Catecetical Leaders

Meeting




8





9

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Whitesboro 11



10 11

Veterans Day


Barber Shop

10 AM - 1 PM

New Hartford

12

NYSSD

Religious Ed








13






14


15

Johnson City 5

16

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11

17

18



19

NYSSD

Religious Ed



20

Liverpool Group
10 AM - 2 PM


Thanksgiving Dinner 6 PM
New Hartford

21 22







23

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Johnson City 10

Whitesboro 11

24 25 26 





27

Thanksgiving

28









29


Johnson City 5



30

Dewitt 11:15

Fulton 8:30

Syracuse 9

Whitesboro 11










        November  Birthdays

2    Christopher Sarracino
4    Thomas Debraggio
4     Grace Evans
12   Shirley Cleveland
12   Anthony Rakowski
13   Dennis Debowey
14   Caitlyn Martin
16   Rose Benedict
19   Michael Brennan
20   Nelson Sharpsteen
20   Gari Van Voorhis
23   Dawn Brothers
23   Cherie Byrnes
23   Tim Pardi
23    Emily Read
24   Jennifer Evans
25   Denise Hnelosub
25   Mark Sharpsteen
26   Lillien E Barner
26   Becky Clark
28   Mary Margaret Van Damme
29   Donna Carroll

     November Anniversaries

6   Cherie & Richard  Byrnes
14  Mary & Robert  Menotti   ---- 55 Years!!





ALL INVITED to ICDA 102's ANNUAL THANKSGIVING POTLUCK
Thursday November 20, 2008

St Thomas   New Hartford
Prayer & Potluck  6 PM

Turkey & Beverages provided
Bring food to share & something for the Food Bank (food or $$)




PLAY & PRAY  ALL INVITED!

December 6th  2008
St Joseph’s on the Hill in Camillus
After 2 PM Christmas Party
5 PM   Mass Interpreted






Above: Fr Tom Coughlin and his seminarians get check-ups from Dentist Jennifer Redmore, daughter of Jane Long










In Diego Suarez, Madagascar, this was one of the pictures painted on a wall of the Disabilities Office.

 The caption read : "Fampiasana "Tenin'ny Tanana" no ahafahana mifandray amin'ny olona marenina."

Mary Margaret Van Damme and her husband Jim were in Madagascar visiting their daughter Kateri, who is teaching in the Peace Corps.








TO THE PARENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

It is now time to think about NCYC 2009!

The National Catholic Youth Conference will be held next November
in Kansas City, MO.  This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to see how big the Catholic Church is...and their place in it.  Interpreters are provided, and there are workshops by Deaf Priests.

Please let me know if you are interested in your child attending this amazing gathering: syrdeaf@juno.com

There are scholarships available, but they must be applied for EARLY.  Please let me know if you would like to apply, and I will help.  Let me know as soon as possible.




Two Students from MV’s religion class at NYSSD, Keith Grant and Ashley Nemier,  atttended the Catholic Deaf Youth Leadership Camp
in Michigan in July.  Many of these students had also attended NCYC in 2007!






What do Catholic Young People want?

Here is what the youth of Wyoming said:

To learn our Catholic faith;
To live among emotionally mature, spiritually healthy adults;
The Church and our families to talk about what is really important;
Parents who live their Catholic faith and teach it to us;
To see adults who commit to working through difficult issues and problems;
To claim our Catholic identity and we need faithful adults to help us feel brave enough to wear it every day.








This is the full group that attended the Catholic Deaf  LeadershipRetreat/Workshop last April.   
It was so successful that there is another one planned in KY this Fall!

Keep watch for more developments. Maybe YOU can take your place with this enthusiastic group.




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