Deaf Ministry

Signed Mass Oct 11 2015

Mission Statement
The Pastoral Office of Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is committed to supporting Catholic deaf and hard of hearing persons in achieving their full inclusion in the life of the Church.  Members in the deaf community in the Archdiocese are served through programs which foster spiritual growth, leadership and family enrichment.
Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing seeks to...
Assist persons deaf or hard of hearing in realizing God's presence in their lives through:
  • Signed and interpreted liturgies
  • Sacramental preparation
  • Spiritual direction
  • Annual retreats
  • Cursillo and group reunions
  • Marriage encounter
  • Arranging for interpreters for special occasions - baptisms, weddings, funerals and other events when requested.
Provide ongoing educational opportunities through:
  • Adult religious education
  • Bible study groups
  • Rite of Christian Initiation
  • Religious education for students attending the Kansas School for the Deaf
  • Assistance to teachers and/or parents of deaf students involved in parish programs
Provide support and assistance through:
  • Pastoral visitation to homes
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Support and referral services
  • Visitation to the sick, shut-ins and hospitalized
  • Ephpheta Newsletter and monthly bulletins
  • Awareness programs about deafness and other disabilities
  • Workshops on religious signs
  • Service to late-deafened adults
  • Resource center
  • Advocacy at Archdiocesan and parish levels
Deaf Retreats are held annually during the second weekend in October. For more information, please contact Katie Locus by phone by email at [email protected]
Signed Masses at St. Paul Catholic Church in Olathe
Signed Masses take place at the 10:00 am Mass on the first, third, and fourth Sunday on the month at St. Paul Catholic Church in Olathe.  On the second Sunday of the month, the signed Mass is at 2:00 pm and followed by a pot luck dinner along with a meeting or a social. Please bring a salad or a vegetable dish that serves ten people. The meat is prepared by the people who volunteer to prepare it for that particular day.

Interpreters needed
We have requests for interpreted masses throughout the Archdiocese. If you know of someone who has some sign skills and would be interested in signing the Liturgy, please have them contact Katie Locus by email at [email protected].