View Full Version : Hearing Impaired religious services

04-13-2009, 01:08 AM

Something Mom just told me... pretty cool - and not controversial (or it'd be at Fratching)

At the church my family goes to, the head pastor retired after decades of work.

The new priest is a little unusual, but not in a bad way. Apparently he's somewhat fluent in Sign Language and specifically designates one of the services for the hearing impaired. He has a nun who assists in signing, but takes over himself for the sections where the priest specifically says the words himself.

Mom loves it. She's not hearing impaired and I don't think she knows sign language. She just likes the fact that ... apparently the hearing-impaired parishioners from the priest's old church have followed him to the new one, so the church is fuller.

It's a really pretty place, but... I always felt it was a bit sad looking because it was getting a little on the empty side. So if he draws in more people, hey I think that's kinda cool.

I told her to wait a month though, just to be sure it's really more people going and not the Easter crowd.

(and i'll delete the post if necessary, it just struck me as kinda cool) :D

04-13-2009, 03:15 AM
That is kinda neat. Now...can he do it in Latin? That would just rock.

04-13-2009, 07:09 AM
i think it'd be the same still
but most priests know a little latin anyway ... at least enough to recite "sanctus" and "agnus dei"

04-13-2009, 10:46 AM
That's really nifty. The church I belong to has a hearing-impaired congregation nearby too. I've visited a couple times. They're always really cool about helping you understand what's going on, which is good, since I know very little ASL. :)

04-13-2009, 07:19 PM
(and i'll delete the post if necessary, it just struck me as kinda cool) :D

No need - this is pretty nifty.