The Sign of Christ
Syracuse Catholic Deaf Community
Fall 2003 News


September 27th 2003 the Catholic Deaf Community looked back on 55 years ...and celebrated!  I hope you caught the beautiful story in The Catholic Sun (October 2-October 8, 2003) by Eileen Jevis.

St Lucy’s Church was decorated with special care.  Fr Peter Williams celebrated Mass with exuberance. Thank you to all who prepared and took part!
We have a movie of the Mass, banquet and speeches, and many pictures, so if you want to see them contact the office!

   The Banquet was well attended.  It was wonderful to see Sr Margaret Duffy again and to award her the first Thomas Johns Memorial Appreciation Award.  Fr Peter was really surprised when he also received the Award!

Fr Tom Coughlin, the first Deaf Catholic priest in the US, wrote this message:

“I thank the Syracuse Diocese and the Catholic Deaf Community members for giving me a gift of inspiration and motivation to become a Roman Catholic priest. In my days of youth, many priests and sisters and faithful Catholic Deaf people inspired me to consider a religious vocation in the
Church and on account of your strong faith and commitment to the Catholic Church, I felt motivated to complete my goal of becoming a Catholic priest.

Thank you very much for your prayers and support.  God bless you all.

                                             Love, Fr Tom Coughlin”



 Sister Margaret Duffy and the "boys" she taught

Christmas & January 1st Mass schedules

Mass schedules will be similar to other years. Please check with your local parish or with your local Lay Minister or  with this Office as the time gets nearer.
A wonderful holy-day season to all!

has been moved to
ST PAUL’S, WHITESBORO  every Sunday 11 AM

Coming Events


St Francis DeSales, December 3, 2003  6:30 PM
“The Jesse Tree”  +  Cookie Exchange (Bring many to share & take home!)

FULTON Advent Pot Luck -  Always fun!
Holy Family-St Michael’s,  December 17, 2003,  5:30 PM

St Joseph’s in Camillus, December 14, 2003, Advent Prayer 4 pm
Fr Peter Williams will say asl Mass (no voice)
Syracuse Christmas Party  5 PM


What?    ICDA Chapter 25 Meeting
Who?    Anyone interested from Syracuse and its vicinities: Fulton, Oswego, Watertown, Auburn, Manlius, ETC WELCOME
When?   November 16th  immediately following 9 AM Mass at St Lucy’s
Where?  Brunch & Meeting at Foster’s Restaurant in Liverpool


March 6th 2004:  High School Students “Bob & Bob”, St Matthew’s, Syracuse
March 13th 2004:  Junior High Day in Syracuse for Students (6th-8th)            

May 14-16 2004: Fr Mike Depcik will be in Scranton, PA                                
October 7-10, 2004: Deaf Cursillo in NYC for Adults 21 & over                      

2003 National Catholic Youth Conference
November 13-16 in Houston, Texas !!

In 2001 our Diocese had the ONLY deaf representatives: two out of 25,000 teens.
This year Holly, Rachael, Matt & William are going.
If you would like to help with the expenses, send a contribution to
Catholic Deaf Community
1119 Elm Street
Utica NY 13501


Congratulations to the winners of the raffle for the 55th Anniversary:  Betty Sabia, John & Mary Ellen Stevens, and Pat Maher!

Congratulations to Mary & Robert Menotti on their 50th Wedding Anniversary on November 14th!

Congratulations to Jane Long on her second grandson James Anthony born October 2nd to Jennifer & Keith Redmore!

Please note: Due to family moves, Interpreted Masses in the Utica area have been moved to St Paul’s in Whitesboro.

If you live in the Cortland area, please respond about starting interpreted Masses in your area!

Classes have started at NYSSD!  The younger students are learning of Jesus’ life and teachings.
The older students have each received a Bible and will learn about it.

The Question & Answer Nights for Adults that were held in Fulton and Johnson City were fun.  Hopefully we can do more in the Spring!

Special Request for the Deaf: could you visit Dot Lightaul in Vernon?


                August 2003                        September 2003
    Envelopes        9                        Envelopes           6
    Enclosed       $97                        Enclosed          $62

     Needed for Budget: $210/ month

       The Banquet Balloon Committee struggles with decorations (Tony is in there somewhere)

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