Welcome to our Deaf Church. We are Catholic and we are one. Our OC Deaf Church is vibrant and a dynamic faith filled community. Our Lord allows our congregation to continue thriving. Why? Because we follow the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. The tradition of the Church and Holy Scripture aid us on our endeavor to know God. Our community wants to know God. We strive to be open to experience his love. Moreover, receiving the sacraments of the church that our alone Lord gives, truly satisfies our soul. Our Deaf assembly is welcoming to all cultures while maintaining the Catholic tradition and teachings. Every year we participate in the California Deaf Conference in Anaheim. Our interpreters are available to anyone who wants to attend the religious education conference. Want more religious education? Join our Catholic Orange County Deaf Church.
Our community welcomes sojourners of other faith traditions. We walk and engage them to know of Jesus better. We do so by articulating what our faith teaches us through tradition backed by scripture. With open arms we welcome those who come from a Deaf Baptist Church tradition. We also welcome those from other non-denominational Deaf churches out there.
Join our worship community! We meet weekly on Sundays. You can find our mass times here. If you cannot make it to one of celebrations because distance prevents you. You can use our custom built ASL Mass finder below. Mass in Sign Language is easier to find. You are free to share our service.We realize that there are many Deaf Churches out there but we know that we are the one true church. We are Catholic we are universal. The teachings and faith is the same all over the world. We are your local Deaf Church community and faith family in Orange County, CA.
Leave you current non-religious Deaf assembly and join our Catholic OC Deaf Church. Hungry for theology? We got you! We attend the California Deaf Conference, which is open to all in Anaheim. Our interpreters are there for you. Our Deaf church is easy to connect with. Our community is inclusive and values Deaf cultural norms.
We have a mixed cultural ethnic makeup and it’s makes us quite dynamic. Our potluck socials have delicious food. Vietnamese egg rolls, Mexican Carne Asada, Filipino Pad Thai, great tasting salads and deserts…etc. The great tasting earthly food is nothing in comparison to the spiritual food of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
OC Deaf Ministry in Orange County California is home at Christ Our Savior Catholic Parish in Santa Ana. You are able to find on our platform Catholic Churches doing California Deaf ministry. You can find such churches on the Mass and Confessions page. OC Deaf and hard of hearing ministry is growing. Deaf Christians are returning to the true Church of Christ. We are glad. Subsequently, we are taking up the mantle to offer sacramental preparation to suit the needs of the faithful. However, we are still searching on behalf of Christ for more souls. Deaf Outreach is best done when Deaf reach Deaf. In a few years time considering the growth rate we see we will be the biggest California Deaf Church.
California Deaf Ministry
California is a big state. There are a lot of churches in California. Though not many have an extensive Deaf program. In California there are a number of churches that have a full scale religious program tailored for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
In the archdiocese of San Francisco Fr. Paul Z. is pastor at St. Benedict’s parish. He has been pastor for more than a decade serving the Deaf there. He is a Deaf pastor leading the Deaf. In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at Holy Angels parish Fr. Tom S. leads the Deaf flock. Deaf outreach in Los Angeles really strong because at Holy Angels it is a personal parish for the Deaf and Hard of hearing.
The Diocese of Orange is shepherded by a number of priests. A couple of them know enough sign language to hear confessions, preach, communicate in ASL. The other priests have been attached with the Deaf community for decades now. They are faithful in their service to satisfy the spiritual needs of many.
The OC Deaf and hard of hearing ministry has it’s own Facebook page and this website to promote our presence in the Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, and San Diego area. Over the years each Deaf parish in all of these areas have frequently met and done retreats together to foster greater unity amongst leaders and the faithful.
We are proud to announce that we have the only ASL mass finder in the nation, maybe even the world. You are able to find for example, the mass times our Deaf community by clicking our location on the map. And if you know of any other parishes that need to be on the map contact us.
The Diocese of Orange in California offers religious education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our Sacramental religious preparation program is in American Sign Language. Our parishioners are Deaf, Deafblind, Hard of hearing, and hearing. We support those with disabilities who know American Sign Language. Our community supports those who have family members who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We offer ASL and deaf culture classes as needed.
The demographic population in California is ethnically mixed, but this truly enriches our faith community. We respect and honor ethnic cultural traditions all the while advocating for Jesus Christ and His Church. Our approach to education is to assess each person to see which kind of instructional method will most likely work. For some it is strictly 1:1, for others it is in a group setting. We create individual education plans upon request or need. Everyone is different and has different aptitudes for learning. We get it.
Our program meets weekly on Sunday before or after mass. Our schedule is posted and given to parents, sponsors, and those participating usually in the fall. We committed to the teachings of the church and follow a lengthy process of formation. Why so long? Because, to withstand and deter evil in this world takes time, training, and discernment. Discipleship is life-long. There is no end. A few initial years in our eviternal existence is nothing in comparison to the big picture.
Be assured that we will cover pressing dogmatic and moral theological questions. Yes, we methodically answer the tough themes, questions, and objections that the devil would like all of us to believe. The difficulty, opportunity, and treasure is to know why all of the Catholic Churches teachings promise happiness, joy and fulfillment. Contrary to popular and sinful rationale of our time does the Church offer answers to make us happy, or happy again.
Join our community by registering. We keep in contact with email, newsletters, and blog/vlog posts. Retreats are frequently requested because we seek the Lord and vice-versa. We have retreat offerings for only men and only women and coed as they appear.
Why come to church at all? Going to church is a safe harbor for our soul. God overshadows the church to allow us to rest in him. It is a place and time to be one together. Outside the church is disunity and chaos. God our creator, protector, and shepherd soothes our being. He gives us exactly what we need, Him!
We are created to know, and our intellect never stops inquiring about things, let alone God. Our religious education program aims to reveal God’s saving plan for all of us and prepares souls to receive him via the sacraments.
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ASL Sign for Catholic. These four words encompass what our Deaf Church lives and breathes. We communicate in American Sign Language. We are the light of the world as followers of Christ to all. It appears to many of us that the world is deaf. It does not listen to words and teaching of Christ as the way, the truth, and the life.
ASL Sign for Catholic
Being a follower of Christ involves carrying our cross. What better way than to show to the world the cross we carry than on our foreheads. For our intellect or mind gives command to our actions and words. We intentionally follow the Lord and the way of life he led to become more like unto him.
Want to know more signs? Check out the rest of the resources in our website. Better yet, visit us on Sundays.
The video to the left demonstrates how to sign the word Catholic in ASL. Why is it done this way? In Lent we receive ashes on their forehead. The dark ashes worn by the faithful on ash Wednesday is a indicator that someone is likely Catholic.
The picture below is an Ash Wednesday comical relief.
Catholic ASL Deaf Church Community in the Diocese of Orange, California. We follow Jesus Christ which makes us Christian. Followers of Christ all over the world is summed up with being universal followers. We are Catholic because the word itself means ‘universal.’ Christianity is predominantly Catholic even though there are many denominations. Our Catholic-Christian Deaf ministry is centered on the Eucharist. Our efforts here for brothers and sisters in Christ to seek to receive the sacraments especially the Eucharist.
Hallmarks of the Catholic faith is the hierarchy. We have the vicar of Christ on earth, the pope. We also have cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters, and the lay faithful. This body of faith in unique and diverse that it cultivates life as we have grace within us. Our prayer is that we all are united in Jesus Christ. That we confess to one faith, one church, and one Lord of all.
An interesting fact about the Catholic faith is that you can go anywhere in the world and the service is the same. The mass, the unbloody sacrifice is offered unto God the Father just as on Calvary. It is not a new and separate sacrifice aside from Christ’s it is the same. Our notion of time thinks that it is impossible to do, say, and believe such a thought.
Time is a creation of God that we humans know and experience. However, with God it is not the case. He is outside of time. He gives us his one eternal sacrifice throughout all time. The scriptures attest that the lamb was already slain from the foundations of the world.
We Catholics take Jesus’ words really seriously even more so than Baptists, Adventists, Methodists, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, and all others. Our Lord’s words are placed in the proper context. A sure way to be sure to stand behind such teachings and decrees of the Church is to look at all the councils, synods, and responses to heresies. They all attest to the same truth that the Church proclaims.
53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. 54 Whoever eats[a] my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
We truly believe that Jesus’ body, blood, soul and divinity is present in the Catholic mass.
Our ministry exists to proclaim and hand down the faith in American Sign Language to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing, disabled, and those with special needs. ASL Ministry is fulfilling and so come join us on Sundays.Tags: ASL Catholic, California Deaf Ministry, OC Deaf
Find ASL Catholic prayers, signs, resources, and churches all throughout our community website. Catholic ASL has a lot of roots dating back centuries ago. Read the post. Our Sunday School classes teach Catholic American Sign Language religious signs. Our Deaf church community in Orange County California welcomes you and so does our ministry team! How to sign Catholic in Sign Language. Interpreters. Worship. Access. Disability.
ASL Catholic Media is one of the prominent dispensers of content. It is respectable Christian sign language media source. Another resource that is collaboratively being done to disseminate the Catechism in sign language is ASL Youcat. ASL Youcat is worth reviewing, studying, and watching to learn about the Faith. Saint Stories in ASL are also available to watch with English and or Spanish subtitles. For those who doubt the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist visit Al Alvord’s youtube channel. Deaf Philly has a phenomenal Sunday Vlog that reflects on the gospel. Another fan favorite is Fr. Mike Depcik’s website and YouTube channel.
Covid-19 created an online Deaf ministry springtime in all Christian denominations. There are great websites out there and we want to bring them to you here. But, we want to do our part and contribute to the worldwide community as well. We are going to do our part in the little corner of the world that we live in and connect. We want to connect everyone to Jesus Christ.
One of our big contributions to the United States church and abroad is our ASL Catholic mass finder. Churches are added as soon as they are fact checked that they do Catholic Deaf ministry. If you know of any that are not listed in our database please contact us.
The Diocese of Orange supports Catholic American Sign Language for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and those with disabilities. We have a large community that overwhelmingly fluent in ASL. We are here for those parents needing to learn the language to communicate with their child. Whatever we can do to assist and advocate for our Deaf parishioners we will do our best, all-the-while advocating for Jesus Christ.
We have dedicated interpreters for our liturgies. If you would like to request an ASL interpreter for diocesan faith matters please do so here. If you would like to join our interpreting team please contact us. We are very supportive to ASL students and ASL interpreting students.Tags: ASL Catholic
Church is a polarizing word to speak these days. Why? It implies being God-fearing. The word Church means that we honor and serve God. Following His laws and not the human laws concocted without justice to God makes us enemies to the world. We are those who honor God in church worship by attending mass and receiving the sacraments. Our Deaf Catholic Church empowers those who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, hearing, and with disability. We gather for worship every Sunday and as often as we can as a community. In our Catholic-Christian tradition you may find a local church service using our custom ASL mass finder. Other Catholic Churches with Deaf ministry have their church times listed. We are doing our best in our new online presence and we are just getting started. Visit our in-person church service to find out how you can be involved.
In Orange County California we are a constantly growing Deaf and Hard of Hearing Christian community. Our services are in American Sign Language (ASL) and our ministry is to proclaim Jesus Christ to everyone particularly in Sign Language. We do this by first praying that the Holy Spirit may equip us with love and truth to spread his love.
“Catholic vision assigns symbolic meaning to the various parts of the church building, as it does to pretty much everything else in the world. The roof symbolizes charity, which covers a multitude of sins; the floor symbolizes the foundation of faith and the humility of the poor; the columns represent the Apostles, Bishops, and Doctors; the vaulting represents the preachers who bear up the dead weight of man’s infirmity heavenwards; and the beams represent the champions of ecclesiastical right who defend it with the sword. The nave symbolizes Noah’s Ark and the Barque of St. Peter, outside of which no one is saved. The direction of the East represents the Heavenly Jerusalem, and the direction whence the Messiah will return in glory; West represents death and evil.”- Catholic Encyclopedia
The above diagram is how early Catholic-Christians saw church worship. But, it is also how we view it as well. It is an universal belief, hence the word Catholic means universal. Our Church worship and church services have stayed the same.
Added Church theology
The layout of the church despite what configuration you see today has a lot of theological layers and meaning. The Narthex in the ancient Jewish understanding were for the gentiles. The gentiles were not circumcised nor were part of the chosen people. But they could be parts of God’s people if they got circumcised. This ritual was their way of acceptance, per God’s decree. Today the idea is the same except that baptism is the entry point. This is why generally, baptism fonts are in the back of the church.
The word “nave” should resound. It is where we get the word navy. It is boat or ark. Once we enter the church we embark through the oceans and winds of the world. God protects us. This journey is toward heaven. Generally, there is a demarcation via steps that signify the line where the lay faithful and priest separate. This is for an important purpose. Why? Well, lets look at a funeral liturgy. The deceased is placed at the steps before the altar. The steps to the sanctuary represent the separation but vicinity of earth and heaven. It is only Jesus Christ who ascends to heaven to intercede for us. Furthermore, the priest of Jesus Christ ascends to the altar in the person of Christ to offer the mass for the soul of the deceased. More catholic bytes to be continued…
Ministry in the Deaf Catholic-Christian world is wanting. You do not have to be an ordained minister to be someone of leadership. Approach your pastor and work out a pastoral plan. Fluency or competency in American Sign Language is a must because language is sacred.
Proclaiming Jesus Christ in (ASL) Sign Language is a way to heaven. Connecting with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community is an open market. Awareness of the lack of Deaf leadership leading other to Christ is one thing. Doing something about it is another. Hand yourself over to our Lord. His bride the church needs more workers in the vineyard.
You can support others spiritually. Attending mass, bible studies, and church events broadens your education. So, free your calendar and go to a ministry event. Sketch together a program with your pastor and see to it that it is on the parish calendar. “Build it and they will come” is an outreach motto. Today, ministry is live, online, and in-person. Whatever it takes to win a soul for Christ is mission at-hand.
Seeing the field as it were involves getting out and knowing the community. ASL socials, potlucks, or meetups is required. This is the social fabric of the Deaf community. Other event listings involve Deaf expo’s and conferences. These are key because it reveals what people are flocking toward.
People come out of the wood-work to see and experience what they feel they want. Sadly, what they are looking for is Jesus. Time and time again we humans are disappointed when we turn toward something material to satisfy a spiritual craving. The harvest is here. IT is time to form small and large groups to discuss life with God.
Smell like the sheep
The best Catholic-Christian solution to experience God is in the mass. All of salvation history is revealed in the mass. It is all there. Doubt this? Every action and word spoken or signed within the mass ties to a past, present, and future reality. The mass is an unbloody Calvary, an unbloody sacrifice.
In your present or future ministry small group when you spend much of your time talking about the mass, you are almost there. Moreover, when your flock is so interested and want to know more and more about the mass, you are doing something right. Why? because they are being fed on how to receive grace. They are being filled with knowledge and love that God wants to give them. You are being you and an interpreter of sorts.
Our Lord in his sovereign plan to gather all unto him bestows gifts to us so that we can be his instruments. Being a minister formally or informally is part of his pastoral plan. Consult your diocesan and parish pastor to come up with a way forward. Pastoral plans today involves working together with leadership to suit the faithful and the said minister.
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ASL is an abbreviation for American Sign Language.
Even the developer of American Sign Language studied under a priest.
There is a rich history of Catholic priests being involved in efforts to help the deaf understand and the speech-impaired communicate.
National Geographic magazine outlines that history in the article “How monks helped invent sign language.”
When Pedro Ponce de León, a 16th-century Spanish Benedictine monk, began working to help the deaf-mute communicate, he was working against a millennia-old assumption: it was believed that language could only be learned by hearing the spoken word.
“Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, for example, asserted that ‘Men that are deaf are in all cases also dumb,’” National Geographic writes. “Under Roman law people who were born deaf were denied the right to sign a will as they were ‘presumed to understand nothing; because it is not possible that they have been able to learn to read or write.’”
Ponce de León wasn’t entirely original in his work, it must be said. Native Americans used hand gestures to communicate with other tribes and to facilitate trade with Europeans, National Geographic points out. And Benedictine monks had used them to convey messages during their daily periods of silence.
But Ponce de León adapted the gestures used in his monastery to “create a method for teaching the deaf to communicate, paving the way for systems now used all over the world,” the magazine says.
Other pioneers in developing sign language include:
Juan Pablo Bonet, a Spanish priest and linguist. In 1620 he published the first surviving work on the education of people with a hearing disability. “Bonet proposed that deaf people learn to pronounce words and progressively construct meaningful phrases,” National Geographic says. “The first step in this process was what he called the demonstrative alphabet, a manual system in which the right hand made shapes to represent each letter. This alphabet, very similar to the modern sign language alphabet, was based on the Aretina score, a system of musical notation created by Guido Aretinus, an Italian monk in the Middle Ages, to help singers sight-read music. The deaf person would learn to associate each letter of the alphabet with a phonetic sound. Bonet’s approach combined oralism—using sounds to communicate—with sign language.”
Charles-Michel de l’Épée, a French Catholic priest. In 1755, he established a more comprehensive method for educating the deaf, which culminated in the founding of the first public school for deaf children, the National Institute for Deaf-Mutes in Paris.
“Students came to the institute from all over France, bringing signs they had used to communicate with at home,” says the magazine. ‘Épée adapted these signs and added his own manual alphabet, creating a signing dictionary. Insistent that sign language needed to be a complete language, his system was complex enough to express prepositions, conjunctions, and other grammatical elements. Épée is known as the father of the deaf for his work and his establishment of 21 schools.”
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a minister from Connecticut. When Gallaudet wanted to teach his nine-year-old, hearing-impaired neighbor to communicate, he went to France to train under Épée’s successor, Abbé Sicard. Three years later, in 1817, Gallaudet established the American School for the Deaf in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. “Students from across the United States attended, and just as at Épée’s school, they brought signs they used to communicate with at home,” National Geographic says. “American Sign Language became a combination of these signs and those from French Sign Language.
One cannot but wonder if these men were inspired by Jesus’ healing of the deaf-mute man, as well as their hope that all would be able to receive the Gospel message.”
If you want to learn ASL check out our resource page.
“Bishop Luciano Giovanntti wrote a letter explaining the Eucharistic miracle in Rosano, Italy. On Easter Sunday, April 4, 1948, a group of people praying noticed a tear drop that ran down from the eye of a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The statue was life-size and was donated by a devout person during WWII. It featured Christ’s face with an expression that invites all to prayer, and Christ’s Heart was in the center of His chest with the crown of thorns. A few months later in June, some nuns and others witnessed blood flowing from the statue again, and it continued from 1948 to 1950. Mother IIldegarde Cabitza, the head nun of the community, also witnessed it, and they decided to move the statue to a secret room at the monastery archives. This is also where all the finger towels and purificators that were soaked with the Blood from the statue were kept. Later the Bishop of the diocese of Arezzo learned about it, and the Holy Office sent Fr Luigi Romoli to interview the nuns. He disagreed with the nuns about keeping the statue in a secret room. On November 14, 1950, Holy Office ordered the statue out of the secret room and later in 1952 it was sent back to Rosano. The community of nuns in Rosano experienced the events with joy and great devotion.”- Al Alvord Youtube post