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Greetings

The Diocese of Orange Deaf Catholic community in California welcomes you to our liturgical celebrations. We have a strong Deaf Catholic community that goes way back. We are one of the premier Deaf and Hard of Hearing Catholic Churches in California. We have a mixed Deaf ethnic congregation. We have Deaf Hispanics. We have Deaf Vietnamese. We have Deaf Anglo. We have Deaf Korean. We have Deaf autistic. We have Deaf down syndrome. We have Deaf cerebral palsy. We have Deaf++ in our congregation. All are welcome. We are one family. We have interpreters to cater to our liturgical and sacramental needs when needed. We have a cadre of priests that celebrate mass for us. We offer Deaf retreats near by. We offer you where you can find the nearest Catholic Church with ASL interpreters in your travels. We are grateful to our Bishops and our generous benefactors who donate to the Pastoral Services Appeal. We thank you for who you are and what you do for our Deaf Catholic Community. We also thank all of you who support us from afar. Again, thank you for making our Deaf community something to be part of and call home.

Moving Toward Reconciliation

We sometimes have trouble understanding the precise nature of forgiveness. I would like to begin by suggesting that forgiveness is not certain things with which we often confuse it. Forgiving does not mean denying our hurt. What on the surface appears to be a forgiving attitude may merely reveal that we have succeeded in suppressing our pain. If we bury our hurt or pretend it isn’t real, we experience no sense of being wronged that would require our forgiveness. Forgiveness is a possibility only when we acknowledge the negative impact of a person’s actions or attitudes on our lives. This holds true whether or not harm was intended by the offender. Until we are honest about our actual feelings, forgiveness has no meaning.
 
It is important to underscore that forgiveness bears no resemblance to resigned martyrdom. A person with a weak sense of self may too easily take on blame for the actions of others. A person who finds a unique sense of identity by appearing pitiable can learn to play the martyr with great effectiveness. In either case, resignation to the role of victim will prevent any genuine process of forgiveness. If we feel we deserve to be blamed, degraded, or abused, again we will have disguised the offense that needs forgiveness, not by denial but by taking inappropriate responsibility for the offense. One spiritual writer has astutely pointed out that forgiveness does not mean “putting the other one on probation.” We may think we have forgiven someone only to catch ourselves waiting impatiently for evidence that the person’s behavior merits our clemency. If the offender doesn’t measure up to our expectations, the “gift” of mercy is withdrawn: “To grant forgiveness at a moment of softening of the heart, in an emotional crisis, is comparatively easy; not to take it back is something that hardly anyone knows how to do.”1 To forgive is not to excuse an unjust behavior. There are evil and destructive behaviors that are inherently inexcusable: fraud, theft, emotional abuse, physical violence, economic exploitation, or any denial of human rights. Who could possibly claim that these are excusable? To excuse such behaviors—at least in the sense of winking and pretending not to notice, or of saying “Oh, that’s all right,” or even “I’ll overlook it this time, just don’t do it again”—is to tolerate and condone them. Evil actions are manifestly not “all right.” They are sins.
 
Finally, to forgive is not necessarily to forget. Perhaps for small indignities that prick our pride we can simply excuse and forget. But for major assaults that leave us gasping with psychic pain, reeling with the sting of rejection, bowing under the weight of oppressive constraint, or aching with personal loss and grief, we will find ourselves unable either to excuse or to forget. Moreover, there are situations in which it is not desirable to forget. It would be but another expression of arrogance for those of us with European roots to ask Native or African Americans, under the guise of forgiveness, to forget the way they and their ancestors have been treated by the cultural majority in this country. I understand why our Jewish friends insist that we never forget the horrors of the Holocaust. There are brutalities against body, mind, and spirit that must not be forgotten if we are to avoid replaying them. Blows intentionally rendered to crush the vulnerable cannot, humanly speaking, be forgotten. They can, nonetheless, be forgiven.
 
If we now have greater clarity concerning what forgiveness is not, what then is it? Let me characterize it this way: To forgive is to make a conscious choice to release the person who has wounded us from the sentence of our judgment, however justified that judgment may be. It represents a choice to leave behind our resentment and desire for retribution, however fair such punishment might seem. It is in this sense that one may speak of “forgetting”; not that the actual wound is ever completely forgotten, but that its power to hold us trapped in continual replay of the event, with all the resentment each remembrance makes fresh, is broken.
 
Moreover, without in any way mitigating the seriousness of the offense, forgiveness involves excusing persons from the punitive consequences they deserve to suffer for their behavior. The behavior remains condemned, but the offender is released from its effects as far as the forgiver is concerned. For the one who releases, such forgiveness is costly both emotionally and spiritually. I believe this reflects in a finite way both the manner in which God forgives us and the costliness of that infinite gift.
 
Forgiveness constitutes a decision to call forth and rebuild that love which is the only authentic ground of any human relationship. Such love forms the sole secure ground of our relationship with God as well. Indeed, it is only because God continually calls forth and rebuilds this love with us that we are capable of doing so with one another. Thus, to forgive is to participate in the mystery of God’s love. Perhaps this is why the old adage rings true: “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Genuine forgiveness draws us right into the heart of divine life.

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Deaf Catholic News

Great news for Deaf Catholics in California! The Diocese of Orange proudly journeys with Deaf Catholics in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Kern, and San Diego counties. We welcome everyone who has hearing loss. To minister to Deaf and Hard of hearing of different cultures and individual needs- the Diocese is working with faith leaders across the nation to bring you the finest content. 

We are active in our engagement in fulfilling Jesus’ command to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit. The identity as a Christian is vital and life giving. It is contagious from one to another. That is why the Deaf church in OC is growing. We are ever grateful to the strong Deaf Catholic community in Orange County.

The Deaf Church in Orange County in Santa Ana located at Christ Our Savior Catholic Parish has a community that was here before the Diocese of Orange was even erected. Deaf Catholics living in what is known as Orange County today existed as the faithful under the archdiocese of Los Angeles. Deaf Catholics have occupied the pews in various locations in the diocese of Orange since 1976. Yet like nomads of our forefathers in faith, Deaf Catholics follow the good shepherd.

What helps our Deaf Catholic Church and community is communion with our lord. Our communion with Jesus Christ Our Savior is brought none other than receiving the sacraments, bible study, prayer, and ever fostering a vibrant Deaf congregation. So as the Lord feeds us who hunger and thirst for him, he feeds those who have not encountered him at all.  With Jesus as our shepherd he utilizes and asks that each of individual talents strengthen the body of Christ. 

Deaf Christian retreats in the Catholic tradition for men and women are heavily inquired about. Our Catholic faith has a rich history that is rarely shared in American Sign Language. Our mission in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is to satisfy your spiritual hunger. 

Pray for priests

Keep them; I pray Thee, dearest Lord.

Keep them, for they are Thine

The priests whose lives burn out before

Thy consecrated shrine.

Keep them, for they are in the world,

Though from the world apart.

When earthly pleasures tempt, allure —

Shelter them in Thy heart.

Keep them and comfort them in hours

Of loneliness and pain,

When all their life of sacrifice

For souls seems but in vain.

Keep them and  remember, Lord,

they have no one but Thee.

Yet, they have only human hearts,

With human frailty.

Keep them as spotless as the Host,

That daily they caress;

Their every thought and word and deed,

Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

By the late John J Cardinal Carberry

St. Michael- GK Chesterton (1929)

Michael, Michael: Michael of the Morning,
Michael of the Army of the Lord,
Stiffen thou the hand upon the still sword, Michael,
Folded and shut upon the sheathed sword, Michael,
Under the fullness of the white robes falling,
Gird us with the secret of the sword.

When the world cracked because of a sneer in heaven,
Leaving out for all time a scar upon the sky,
Thou didst rise up against the Horror in the highest,
Dragging down the highest that looked down on the Most High:
Rending from the seventh heaven the hell of exaltation
Down the seven heavens till the dark seas burn:
Thou that in thunder threwest down the Dragon
Knowest in what silence the Serpent can return.

Down through the universe the vast night falling
(Michael, Michael: Michael of the Morning!)
Far down the universe the deep calms calling
(Michael, Michael: Michael of the Sword!)
Bid us not forget in the baths of all forgetfulness,
In the sigh long drawn from the frenzy and the fretfulness
In the huge holy sempiternal silence
In the beginning was the Word.

When from the deeps of dying God astounded
Angels and devils who do all but die
Seeing Him fallen where thou couldst not follow,
Seeing Him mounted where thou couldst not fly,
Hand on the hilt, thou hast halted all thy legions
Waiting the Tetelestai and the acclaim,
Swords that salute Him dead and everlasting
God beyond God and greater than His Name.

Round us and over us the cold thoughts creeping
(Michael, Michael: Michael of the battle-cry!)
Round us and under us the thronged world sleeping
(Michael, Michael: Michael of the Charge!)
Guard us the Word; the trysting and the trusting
Edge upon the honour and the blade unrusting
Fine as the hair and tauter than the harpstring
Ready as when it rang upon the targe.

He that giveth peace unto us; not as the world giveth:
He that giveth law unto us; not as the scribes:
Shall he be softened for the softening of the cities
Patient in usury; delicate in bribes?
They that come to quiet us, saying the sword is broken,
Break man with famine, fetter them with gold,
Sell them as sheep; and He shall know the selling
For He was more than murdered. He was sold.

Michael, Michael: Michael of the Mustering,
Michael of the marching on the mountains of the Lord,
Marshal the world and purge of rot and riot
Rule through the world till all the world be quiet:
Only establish when the world is broken
What is unbroken is the word.

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October

Blessings to you and your family – 

I pray that you and your loved ones are all doing well. You are cordially invited to gather together as the Catholic Deaf Community for a Deaf Mass. Fr. Joe Robillard pastor of Christ Our Savior has allowed us to have a Deaf Mass for the month of October. Christ Our Savior Catholic Church is located at 2000 W. Alton Ave., Santa Ana, 92704.  Please see the schedule below of the upcoming Masses.

Faith Formation BEGINS!!!

Faith Formation and religious education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has begun. Please join us on Sundays at 9:30am-11am in the parish hall. Please fill out the registration forms located throughout the website to get started.

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