The Catholic Deaf Community of the Syracuse Diocese


3    Kevin Welch                                          30  Angeline & James Fitzgerald
8    Edith Rakowski
11  Holly De Lillo
15  Bertha Coughlin
27  Krista Chapple


Plan ahead!!!  Camp Mark Seven!!!  Deaf and KODA!!!! Start saving your money ! 
The Catholic Deaf Community would like to provide partial funding for camp for those who cannot afford full payment.

To apply, please write:
 Catholic Deaf Community 
 1119 Elm St  Utica NY 13501

7th & 8th Graders : March 25, 2000
Special Junior High Youth Day!

Highschoolers : April 29, 2000
A Diocesan Youth Jubilee Celebration!


"ADVENT" means "Coming".  What is coming?   Yes...Christmas!!!
This special time is for getting ready.
Time to think about where we might find my heart? my family? my friends? people I meet? my workplace? my school?  Where is Jesus??

Yes, Advent is a busy time...getting the house ready, shopping for gifts, making special food, and EVERY-THING!!
When you are shopping or decorating or visiting friends or looking at lights or helping your your heart.  Look for Jesus in your life. (Remember - Jesus is Love, Peace, Truth, Beauty, Hope, Mercy, Forgiveness, Generosity, etc, etc, etc)
Look everywhere!!!  If you look, you will see Jesus!
Then, on Christmas when you gather at Mass and at home, you can really thank God for the Most Wonderful Gift - Jesus - in your life.

Aren't you glad Jesus was born?!?!?!



    --the Children's Mass
ROME: St Peter's 10 PM
SYRACUSE: St Lucy's 5:15 PM 


PHOENIX:  St Stephen's 11 AM
UTICA :St Francis deSales 9:30AM 


In Utica at St Francis De Sales
on December 15th at 6:30 PM
there will be a short service. 
After there will be ICDA #102 
meeting followed by refreshments.

               December 8th
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

This day the Church chose as a really special holy day - a day we are to go to Mass and celebrate!!!
This day we remember that Mary was without sin even before she was born...from the moment of her conception!
To celebrate, Mass will be interpreted:
Phoenix: St Stephen's 8 AM
Johnson City: St James' 5:30 PM
Rome: St Peter's 12:10 PM
Syracuse: St Lucy's ask Marion 
Liverpool: St John's 7 PM on Dec 7th

              January 1st
Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  Mother of God
In 2000, this falls on a Saturday and so is not observed as a holy day of obligation.  BUT, if you would like to celebrate it with your parish family, please notify your Lay Minister or the Office!



Clifford Kavanaugh  is at home following surgery in mid-November.  Think he would  like a card or visit?!?!?
We hope he is doing better and better!


On October 17th Mary and Paul Ryfun celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  They renewed their marriage vows at St Lucy's Church at 9:30 Mass.  Everyone in church clapped their hands with joy for Mary and Paul.

Later, in the afternoon, Mary and Paul continued to celebrate with family and friends at Barbagallo's Restaurant.  At the party was a newspaper reporter who interviewed Mary and Paul.  The next day was a beautiful article and picture in the Post Standard.  Congratulations to Mary and Paul from all of us!!  God bless you both!





                                               I.C.D.A.  MEMBERSHIP 
The local chapters #25 Syracuse, #67 Binghamton, and #102 Utica/Rome invite you to become a member of the International Catholic Deaf Association (ICDA) for the year 2000. Last year the ICDA celebrated 50 years of bringing Deaf Catholics together to celebrate and work and learn.  In our Syracuse Diocese we are lucky to have three chapters, so there is one near you!  Members also receive the magazine THE DEAF CATHOLIC every two months.

If you would like to become a new or renew member of the ICDA for 2000, please fill out the form below and send it to your local Treasurer.
Street:__________________________________ Apt________
City:__________________________State______Zip code_______________

ICDA National Dues are $15/person or $20/couple.  Write check to "ICDA"
Local Chapter dues vary. 
Check one       ___#25 Syracuse      ___#67 Binghamton    ___#102 Utica/Rome
Mail to  ICDA  c/o Catholic Deaf Community    1119 Elm St   Utica NY 13501 



     We are a community of people- Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and hearing- who welcome and encourage each other to grow in faith and experience love.  With this faith and love we can bring Jesus' Good News to the Church and the World using our wonderful gifts.


     The Catholic Deaf Community is a diverse community and has many ways of serving and supporting the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and hearing people.
     We are a community where people feel loved and respected.
      We encourage each person to see their own dignity and responsibility because they are God's children.
      We are both a separate and mainstreamed community.
       We work together with parish and diocesan leaders to fulfill our mission while maintaining our identity.
      We encourage all people in the church and society to understand our differences.
       We advocate with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people who are oppressed and forgotten.

Harborside Community Room, Liverpool

Present: Patrick J Lynch, Robert Harmon, Jean Hebbard, Anne Parish,  Joan Keefe, Jeanette D Romanowski, Mattie Letham, Robert Menotti, Mary Menotti, Mary T DeMatteo, Frances Harmon, Marion Baratta, Gena Podgorniak, Elaine Coleman, Mary Margaret Van Damme.  (15)

The meeting was started at 7:16pm with a prayer by Mattie Letham.

The Minutes of the last meeting were handed out and read.  Jeanette Romanowski stated that since that meeting her hours as Assistant were changed from 5 to 8 hours per week.
Mary Menotti made the motion to accept the minutes, and Robert Menotti seconded it.

Mary Margaret reported that no budget has been given to the office as of this date, but that bills being submitted were being paid . She is trying to remove Fr Pete's pay from the office expenses.  She said that she regularly contacts the diocesan office about the non-budget, and they know her voice!

Area Reports
North: Anne Parish said that she had nothing to report except that she is trying to obtain guardianship of Dorothy Lightaul, a Deaf/Blind woman in a nursing home, who needs visitors and stimulation.

South: Jeanette Romanowski reported that Jane Long gave a good presentation at St Catherine's this summer.  Also, in Norwich, they have an interpreter for the first Sunday of the month.

East: Jean Hebbard said to read the newsletter!  Also she has noticed that the number of Deaf  at various functions is going down.

West:Mattie Letham reported that Mass is still at St Lucy's every Sunday, and at St John's in Liverpool once a month.  Marion Baratta told of the coming up Indian Mass and supper at St Lucy's.  The Church building still can't be used for services.  Also, Sunday, Nov 7th, after Mass there would be a lunch at her home with a speaker from St Lucy's, Kevin Frank, on the topic of the new Milennium and what it means to Christian people.
Mattie then reported on the new Franciscan Chapel in Carousel Mall.  She stopped in to see it and the friar spoke in sign!  Maybe in the future we could ask to meet there for a Deaf Mass and meeting.

New Business
Mary Margaret spoke on Masses: Fr Tom Coughlin's Mass on Novemver 21st is going to be a Deaf Mass for the hearing people.  She would have a paper that people could sign up for the various "jobs" needed.
There is a possibility that another Mass at St John's in Liverpool could be added to the calendar if the Deaf would like that.
Holy Day Masses, such as for  December 8th, were brought up.  Discussion was held if they should be put on the calendar or not.  It was found to be done differently in each area.
Mass schedules for Christmas were discussed,  and they will be sheduled and put in the newsletter.
A small discussion was held on the Deaf Group Masses.  Mary Margaret said that letters had been sent out to some priests asking if they would be interested in having a Mass just for the Deaf, maybe on a weekday.  Each area had some very positive responses from priests!  Each of those priests were thanked and told that if the Deaf would like a Mass, they could arrange for one through their local lay minister.  That was done twice at St James in Johnson City with wonderful results.  The Deaf in each area can decide for themselves what they would like.

Jeanette Romanowski told of her work on the Mission Statement.  She handed out two versions of the statement. It was discussed sentance by sentance, and each change approved.  See attached copy.

Jeanette Romanowski then told of her work on the Census Form.  Mary Margaret told of the need for a new Census.  Discussion followed of how to get the forms to the Deaf Catholics.  It was decided to put it in the newsletter and also in Siracusa, and then have followup by area lay ministers.

Future Plans
Patrick Lynch told of the Christmas party on Dec 5th in Camillus.

Mary DeMatteo reported that at her place of employment it was decided that instead of the employees exchanging gifts they would collect and donate to a Deaf family or preson who needed help.  If anyone knew of such a Deaf family/Deaf person to let them know.

Marion Baratta shared that she would prefer not to have a Palm Sunday Mass with the Bishop because she would like to be with her parish family on that day.

A discussion was held on the date of the next meeting.  It will be May 4, 2000 at 7PM...with possibly a dinner before.

The meeting ended with a prayer by Marion Baratta at 9:15pm.

Submitted by Mary Margaret Van Damme

December 4 & 5   2nd Sunday of Advent  Is 40:1-5, 9-11 / 2 Pt 3:8-14 / Mt 1:1-8
December 7 & 8  Immaculate Conception Gen3:9-15,20 / Eph 1:3-6,11-12 / Lk 1:26-38
December 11 & 12  3rd Sunday of Advent  Is 61:1-2a,10-11 / 1 Thes 5:16-24 / Jn 1:6-8,19-28
December 18 & 19   4th Sunday of Advent   2 Sam 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 /Rom 16:25-27 /
Lk 1: 26-38
December 24 & 25    Christmas  Day    Is 52: 7-10 / Heb 1:1-6 / Jn 1: 1-18
December 26   Holy Family   Gen 15:1-6,21:1-3 / Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 / Lk 2: 22-40

  To Each of You

               From All of Us

        the very best HOLYDAYS


Your Staff:Marion Baratta, Mary De Matteo, Barbara       Hudson, Mattie Letham, Jane Long, Anne Parish,  Jeanette D Romanowski, & Mary Margaret Van Damme