The Sign of Christ

Syracuse Catholic Deaf Community

January 2003 News


Art 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

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
                                Single                             $35 each
                                Married (share bed)     $25 each

Sleep Saturday Night
                                Single                              $35 each
                                Married (share bed)      $25 each

Meals & Breaks    Saturday                         $30 each
                                Sunday                          $20 each

                                                                  **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 Hearn


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

 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
March 8, 2003
1-8 PM
Most Holy Rosary, Syracuse
Cost $15
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!

Featuring                  Steve Angrisano
                                    Jesse Manibusan
                                   APeX Ministries
                                        and Others

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
Special Mass and Banquet 

Second Biennial International Catholic Deaf Association
United States Section Conference

June 29 to July 5, 2003
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel 17th & Race Streets Philadelphia, PA 19103
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!

For information:
Jeffrey Fitzgerald
General Chairman
Philadelphia ICDA-US Conference
2003 402 Maple Street
Jenkintown, PA 19046­2723
TTY/Voice: (215) 576-5016
Fax: (215) 887-7038
E-mail: jlmjfitz


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, fun time!

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) 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 for you.

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!

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