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    Masses and Sacraments in American Sign Language

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    Sacramental Preperation and Religious Education

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    Pastoral Care and Faith Formation

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     The Catholic Deaf Community

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    within the Life of the Church

"Welcome one another, then, as Christ has welcomed you,for the glory of God."    Rom 15:7
The Deaf Apostolate provides pastoral care, sacramental preparation, religious education, and  a regular schedule of Masses in American Sign Language with the Catholic community who are deaf or hard of hearing. Fostering faith formation and providing full access into the life of the church are the primary goals of the Apostolate. The Apostolate is supported in part by the Annual Catholic Charities Appeal, foundations and donations. The Deaf Apostolate is in touch with over 900 families with Deaf members. 

Come join our Catholic Deaf Community.  Join us for our weekly Masses in ASL and the other activities that renew and enliven our Catholic faith!


Happy Solemnity of the Annunciation, which we celebrate on March 25th!  I pray the graces of such a feast pour over all the Deaf community.  Take a moment now, and check out this latest installment on the Creed, wherein we explore Our Lord's Ascension into heaven.  

Deaf Catholic Seniors Monthly Gathering

deafseniors-oct-2 Deaf Catholic Seniors: 
 The Second Thursday of the month: February 9th, March 9th, May 11th and June 8th there will be a morning gathering of Deaf Seniors and other Deaf Adults who want to come together to pray, socialize, do a service activity and have lunch together.  The service activities will not be strenuous and will involve helping pack snack bags or lunch bags for the homeless shelters or some other kind of works of mercy.   This will take place at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center near the Cathedral in Center City. There is easy access by train and bus or paratransit.  There are limited parking spaces available so be sure to RSVP for a reserved parking space. Activities will be begin at 10:30 Am and conclude after lunch.    Click here to see the flyer for details.  Please RSVP to sr.kschipani@archphila.org if you are interested in attending.

Chance of a Lifetime

On January 14, 2017, Sr. Kathleen Schipani and the Deaf Apostolate were honored with the St. Paul VI award.

One man's trip to his first Eagle's game ever, but a day filled with surprises.

Captioned Video Series: The Bible and Mary


Register for free access to The Bible and the Virgin Mary (captioned) series and beginning on January 18 we’ll notify you each week when the new lesson is made available. You can view the full schedule here. Your email address gives you access to each new video, allows us to send you reminders to watch, and provides you with exclusive discounts on supplemental materials. Click here to register

Masses in American Sign Language Schedule

Thirteen Parishes have a regular schedule of Masses Interpreted in American Sign Language. Deaf Community Masses are scheduled once a month in Philadelphia, Delaware County and Montgomery County.

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