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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!


Welcome to Fridays with Father Sean Loomis!  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  Here's the latest ASL video on the CREED we profess at mass, including voice and captions!  

Deaf Catholic Seniors Monthly Gathering

 img_2102NEW! Deaf Catholic Seniors:   Starting Thursday, October 13th, 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 free parking spaces available. 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 by October 5th.

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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American Sign Language Interpreters

The Deaf Apostolate assists parishes, schools and Catholic Institutions in providing interpreting services for Sacraments, funerals, parent meetings and other parish religious events. The department coordinates a regular schedule of Interpreted Masses. ASL interpreting provides communication access for Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing individuals and enables the Parish Community to have access to communication with individuals who use American Sign Language. Religious interpreter training and support is offered to interpreters.

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