The Sign of Christ
Syracuse Catholic Deaf Community
January 2003 News
"REAL LIFE" CONNECTS WITH
by Jason Clark
What do you
do at home and what do you do in church....are they separate worlds?
Do they ever connect? Maybe more often than you think they do.
God's love and power in your life -- you can have it too.
See what happens! How? Find out at the
APRIL 26-27, 2003
at the beautiful
GOOD NEWS CENTER in UTICA
In ASL by Timothy "Timo" Owens
Saturday 8:30 AM - ??
Sunday 8 AM until after lunch
Fr. Peter Williams will sign Mass
Timothy "Timo" Owens is the seventh child of seven children, four of whom
are Deaf. He attended Gallaudet College and Western Maryland College
and is currently ASL Faculty at the Interpreter Training Program at University
of Louisville. His classes included but not limited to Deaf Culture/Heritage,
ASL Linguistics, Fingerspelling, Deaf Education, and ASL classes.
He is currently the director of the National Deaf Cursillo and National
Deaf Youth Sports Festival.
Registration Fee (Required, Non-Refundable) $25
Early Arrival, Sleep Friday Night
Married (share bed) $25 each
Sleep Saturday Night
Married (share bed) $25 each
Meals & Breaks Saturday
**Early Registration before March 1st subtract $10 !
Please send your name, address, $25 deposit to
Catholic Deaf Community
1119 Elm Street
Utica NY 13502
Baptism of Nelson Stephen Sharpsteen
November 16, 2002 at St Peter's, Rome
Mark Sharpsteen, Christy Hennessey, Perry Mattero, Susan Sharpsteen, Fr
& BEST WISHES
Julie (Disbro) and James Pasternak
September 21, 2002 St James, Johnson City
Luciana (Sabatelli) and Adam Lopez
September 7, 2002 St Mary's Assumption, Binghamton
SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES
Sunday January 26th
Mary DeMatteo-Vitale will begin sign language classes after the
9 AM Mass at St Lucy's Church in Syracuse.
All interested adults and teens are welcome.
Although Bob Menotti is always "teaching" sign language informally at
church, we thought it would
be good to offer classes. Welcome!
Junior High Youth Day
Grades 6 - 8
"SERVICE, JUSTICE, & PEACE:
JUST DO IT !"
March 8, 2003
Most Holy Rosary, Syracuse
If you are interested in your child going,
let Mary Margaret know soon!
High School Students
Grades 9-12 (in Fall 2003)
The Diocese of Syracuse is sailing (via plane)to the
2003 National Catholic Youth Conference
November 13-16 in Houston, Texas
YOUNG people deserve the best
Bring them to renew their faith, discover new friends,
and learn about their Catholic faith!
A Deaf Group will be going. It is a wonderful experience!
There will be a meeting in March for those going.
Write, call, fax or email Mary Margaret NOW!
High schoolers ( 9-12) save July 27th-28th
for the Diocesan Youth Fest!!
SEPTEMBER 27, 2003
55th ANNIVERSARY of the
CATHOLIC DEAF COMMUNITY OF THE SYRACUSE DIOCESE
Special Mass and Banquet
Second Biennial International
Catholic Deaf Association
United States Section Conference
FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE: ROOTED IN FAITH
June 29 to July 5, 2003
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel 17th & Race Streets Philadelphia, PA
Host: Philadelphia Chapter #8
There are many interesting and exciting things planned for you during our
conference week including: a business meeting, election of new ICDA-US officers,
great workshop presentations, wonderful guest speakers and an awards banquet.
During this week you will have an opportunity to enjoy thrilling trips to
areas around Philadelphia. (Don't forget to bring your ""Red, White, and
Blue" clothes to wear on July 4 th).
If you decide to come early to Philadelphia, there are many things to
do around the Philadelphia area: walking tours of historical attractions,
magnificent museums, many restaurants and, of course, you won't want to
miss our national historical landmark, City Hall. We hope that you
start planning now to come to Philadelphia for the Conference and take part
in all the educational opportunities, renewal of friendships, exciting tours
and great fun that Chapter #8 has planned for you to enjoy!
Looking forward to seeing all of you!
Philadelphia ICDA-US Conference
2003 402 Maple Street
Jenkintown, PA 190462723
TTY/Voice: (215) 576-5016
Fax: (215) 887-7038
E-mail: jlmjfitz @aol.com
THIS & THAT
Reserve now for the April weekend with Timo Owens ... and save $ 10!
ICDA's Conference in July should be a wonderful time. Ask about car pooling!
A big Thank You to Fr Peter for traveling to all four areas of the diocese
to give his wonderful Advent presentations on "The Advent Season ... waiting
for the pizza person." He also provided for the Sacrament of Penance!
Marion Baratta reports that Marie Boland died on Dec 31. Marie was a graduate
of Gallaudet University. She was a teacher for the Deaf at the Arizona School
for the Deaf, and later worked in food service in the Washington, DC area.
Marie was able to give the gift of life to a 54 year old man by donating
her liver. Now she is at peace with God.
Joan Keeffe opened her home to the Deaf Community from St Lucy's on December
29th for a pot luck Christmas Party. Fr Pete was able to make it!
On December 18th Nellie Charma, died. Although she belonged to the Episcopal
Church, she was very often at the activities in the Eastern Area. Last January
we celebrated her 89"' birthday with a cake! She will be missed.
NYSSD kept us busy in December with Religious Education classes, lively
basketball games, lunch with Santa, and their Christmas Program. Mother Ginger
Nagel's classes joined with ours for the Christmas Parties. Always a wonderful,
Bea Murphy took a nasty fall and broke her ankle. She won't be able to
interpret at St John's in February. Please pray for her quick recovery!
In Rome, on the 2nd and 4th weekends, Mary Margaret sometimes will interpret
at St Mary's Church. If you want to know the time, email syrdeaf(at)juno.com
or call 339-2143 (V/TTY).
Our friendly Canadian neighbors invite us to share their Lenten Mission
in Ottawa March 7-9 ( Sr Ann Albrecht will do Body Prayer), or in London April
4-6, If you are interested, contact Mary Margaret and she can get more information
Thank you to Rev Alfred Nortz for his support of this newsletter!
Also in the Office, we have some small booklets: Catholic Prayers for Morning,
Noon, and Night. One can easily be mailed if you ask!