WELCOME TO THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE CATHOLIC DEAF COMMUNITY

Welcome

Welcome to the Diocese of Orange Catholic Deaf community!

Even before diocese of Orange was established in 1976, the Deaf community was long established in the city of Orange as part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Subsequent memory to date recalls that the Deaf were first home at Holy Family Cathedral. The Diocese of Orange has taken to heart the statement issued by the American Catholic Bishop’s Pastoral of 1978 by providing services to Deaf and hard of hearing Catholics and their families. The Center for Deaf Ministries strives to preserve Deaf Catholic Culture while celebrating the Deaf Person in the Life of the Church.

Currently, Christ Our Savior parish in Santa Ana serves as a “home” to all Deaf Catholics in the diocese.

All events at the Center for Deaf Ministries are offered in Sign Language. Some examples of Deaf Ministry Programs currently running are:

  • Sunday Signed Masses and Interpreted Liturgies across the diocese
  • Children’s Religious Education Program
  • Penance Services
  • Lenten and Advent Services
  • R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) in ASL
  • Adult Faith Formation in ASL
  • Sacramental Preparations in ASL, such as Baptism and Marriage Prep
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Training Programs for Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Catechists
  • Social Activities, Special Events and Retreats
  • Pilgrimages for the Deaf
  • Sign Language Interpreter Training and Workshops

Click here for more information on how to request an ASL interpreter for Catholic liturgies and events. Weddings, wakes and funerals can be interpreted by request.

The Diocese of Orange also offers at varying parishes sacramental preparation and faith formation for individuals with special needs.  For more information on Special Needs Ministries in the Diocese of Orange call or contact: 714-282-3039 or specialneeds@rcbo.org.

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