The Catholic Deaf Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis works to bridge the communication, awareness and understanding barriers in bringing Archdiocesan and parish services to our deaf brothers and sisters. We do this through advocacy, referrals, community outreach, education and interpreting services. Our efforts increase awareness of the talents and needs of the deaf within our Church.
CDM offers a variety of services for deaf and hearing-impaired persons. We offer both religious and social services, including:
- Sacramental preparation and celebration
- Signed Mass every Sunday
- Signed Reconciliation (by appointment)
- Signed religious retreats, Ultreya meetings and other adult faith sharing
- Marriage preparation
- Wakes and funerals
- Visits to deaf persons confined to home, hospitals, nursing homes and prison
We also provide referrals to agencies available within the deaf community to provide help. We are a resource for such information as:
- Library of materials related to deafness
- List of interpreted Masses
We are affiliated with National Catholic Office for the Deaf, an organization of pastoral workers who work with the deaf, and the International Catholic Deaf Association-United States Section, an organization of deaf lay people. We also encourage, promote and work with new and existing organizations to serve the deaf, including the St. Louis Catholic Deaf Society, National Deaf Cursillo, and other national, international, regional and local agencies.
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