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News Letter of the Office of the Deaf Apostolate 2008 November

Shawn with his Rector, Fr.Gerald Brown, just after receiving Holy Orders.

Glory to God for giving us a new Deacon!

The Ordination of My Friend, Shawn Carey to the Order of Deacon By Jason Giombetti (a friend of Shawn who witnessed Shawn's Ordination) “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Matthew 28: 19-20) With these words Saint Matthew ends his Gospel, reminding us that the life of the Christian is a life of constantly being sent. We can see this in our weekly celebration of the Mass which always ends with the priest sending us back into the world. Having been called by God to worship Him, nourished by His Word and the Holy Eucharist, we are then commanded to return back into the world to bring the Good News which we have received to others. Each one of us is sent to different places for different missions. For my friend Shawn, the idea of being sent to serve became profoundly clear to him as he was ordained a Transitional Deacon on November 8, 2008. My name is Jason Giombetti, and I had the privilege of praying with and for Shawn as he was ordained to the Order of Deacon. Fr. St. Martin asked me to share some thoughts about the day with you. As a deaf man studying to be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston, Shawn was sent to Saint Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California. Perhaps this give us cause to pause for a moment and ponder the many opportunities this man has had to say no to his calling. First, let us briefly examine society and its influences. Under the best of circumstances, to answer the call to the ordained ministry is not easy. A great maturity, love for the salvation of souls, and willingness to sacrifice great things in life must be present in order to say a joyful yes to Jesus’ call. On top of this, Shawn was being called to enter a brotherhood of men who, for the most part, do not speak his language. It was precisely for this reason that Shawn was not sent to the local seminary to study but rather sent to California. Being a continent away from home, family and friends during his six year preparation period would be difficult for Shawn and his family, but the call of Jesus to serve as a priest helped to quell any doubts. It was the call of Jesus that made the sending not only tolerable, but as anyone who meets Shawn knows, joyful. What is Shawn being sent to do? Before being ordained a priest, a man is first ordained a Deacon. A Deacon is one who serves. This life of service devoted to the marginalized, the trivialized, the ostracized (in a word, the poor) is important to understand and experience on the way to the priesthood. While the deacon takes care of the physical needs of the people, the priest looks after their spiritual welfare. These two things are not independent of each other. Bishop Justice (who ordained Shawn) spoke to this during his homily in which he quoted Pope John Paul II. who said of his own ministry,

“I never stopped being a deacon.” So, for the next 7 months or so, Shawn has been called to minister according to the order of Deacon to the deaf people of San Francisco while continuing his studies. God willing, Shawn will be ordained a priest on May 23, 2009. As part of the ordination rite, Shawn made 3 promises to the Church. First, a promise of celibacy; Shawn’s life as a Deacon and, God-willing as a priest, will imitate Christ’s life, be of complete service to the people of God, and witness to us that our true lives come from us being sons and daughters of God. The second promise he made was a promise of prayer. Shawn promised to spend his life praying with and for us. Finally, Shawn made a promise of obedience to Cardinal O’Malley and all his successors, witnessing to his call to serve the people of Boston. After making these promises, Shawn was ordained through the laying of hands and, after assisting at the Mass, was sent out to live according to this new role. When I think about the road Deacon Shawn has travel thus far, and the road that lays ahead, I am filled with amazement. I sat in the Church where Deacon Shawn was ordained wanting to desperately ask him how it happened…how has he managed to answer this call to service as an ordained man amidst all of life’s obstacles? The answer came to me as I began to write this article. None of us are worthy of the callings we receive from God, but in His great love and mercy, God calls us all to holiness, which is to say he calls us to happiness. Deacon Shawn said yes to that Divine love and allowed it to work in his life. By his life, Deacon Shawn is now a witness to all of us that the words of Saint Paul ring forever true in the lives of the faithful; “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13: 7). May God continue to bless Deacon Shawn Carey. Jason Giombetti

Seniors Learn about Art History, Techniques in Craft, Safe Exercises for Health, History of Boston, and Health Care. The Deaf Senior Wellness Program began the 2008 Fall series with a bus trip to Mission Church in Boston. The seniors boarded a bus at Sacred Heart Church in Newton and headed for the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Fr. St. Martin provided us with a tour of the Basilica explaining the architectural history and the beautiful painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The seniors enjoyed a box lunch social following the tour. A blessed and inspiring day was enjoyed by all. The month of October was pumpkin time! A pumpkin painting contest with unique and interesting pumpkins had the seniors expressing their talent for art! The seniors filled MacKenzie hall with pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and interesting painted faces. Some of the decorated pumpkins were given to residents at the New England Home for the Deaf. The students from the MGH nurse practitioner program joined us for the day. The seniors shared their personal stories and experiences with the students, helping to enlighten them on deaf culture.

Mary Brooks joined us for our November meeting. Mary always has wonderful crafts and ideas and is eager to share her talents with all of us. She led the group in making stocking snowmen. The seniors added their own personal touches and unique characters to their snowmen. In the afternoon, we were joined by Susan, who so graciously gave of her time to lead the group in chair exercises. A fun filled day was had by all!

We are so very fortunate to have the wonderful people who so graciously and willingly give of their time and talents to the seniors. Especially our interpreters Cher and Anne. We look forward to our December meeting with Mary Brooks who promises to lead us in a holiday craft. Let's remember our wonderful nurse Joan in our prayers. Joan recently fell and broke several bones in her foot and ankle. We wish her a speedy recovery! Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings to all our wonderful seniors. This program would not be a success without your constant and enthusiastic support! Kathy Carey

WYD Down Under Thanks to the Goodness of God shining through the the generosity of so many The Deaf Youth were able to enjoy the great pilgrimage of young people from every country and tribe, nation and tongue, and yes, every sign language spoken under the sun. Dominic and his mom are really the key players in the whole trip. It was their enthusiasm and trust that made the project happen. There were many who were interested in the trip but until they said for sure they were going I did not think we would be participating. The next person going was Shawn Carey. As it turned out the seminary sent him to work with the Office of the Deaf Apostolate for the summer and as he needed opportunities to challenge himself and submit to the test of leadership. It was a perfect opportunity. The next to join our group was Br. Jiles (with the long beard) and Br. Joseph. One evening when Shawn and I were visiting with them the subject of WYD came up and they both said, "We want to go!" So I told them they would have to learn ASL if they wanted to be part of the group. They were excited about that. Then we had to find money and after talking to the Bishop by chance (he is not someone you run into every day and are able to have a chat with necessarily) he was very encouraging and helped the whole trip to be a great success. The next person who joined our group was the deaf man studying to become a priest for the Diocese of Milwakee, Christopher Klausman. He was a great member of our group in many ways. For example he and Br. Jiles were able to become a quick teacher and student team. Br. Jiles has really learned a lot of ASL. (I am trying to have some of the Confirmation Students take turns teaching him ASL after mass but have not been able to coordinate it with success yet.) Br. Joseph with his energy and enthusiasm helped us to get the hospitality award. I think he must have greeted half a million people as we traveled in the huge crowds of young pilgrims in the Land Down Under. Here are a few pictures that help tell the story of our travel: in this picture we met Fr. Paul Zirimenya at his parish, St. Benedict's in San Francisco. He was kind to us. He and some of the members of the Deaf Catholic Community there were able to set up a Mass for us so that we could be ready for the 14 hour trip to this years place of WYD, Sydney, Australia. Fr. Dan Hennessey also happened to be on his way to Australia as a pilgrim and he was able to meet us all there.

The next picture shows us all after we had the privilege, joy, and honor of sharing a meal with Cardinal Sean O'Malley. There is a young lady from Singapore in the picture between the Cardinal and Dominick. She lives in Sydney as a medical student. A woman of faith, she spent the whole time running all over the place with us to interpret. She was such a witness to the power of the Spirit. I rejoiced in her service.

This picture shows some of the group in front of the sanctuary at Fr. Paul Zirimenya's Church in San Francisco. You can see the sign of the Holy Spirit (the dove) coming down on Jesus. We were silly in this picture as you can tell but a special kind of joy is caused by the Spirit. Some might think we were drunk and we were, in the sense that we were feeling the effects of the Spirit, a great gift of the pilgrimage. This picture shows our little group with Sydney behind. This is taken from across the bay were we were able to see some of the wild life indigenous to those parts. I kindly ask the community to refrain from ever getting me a kangaroo for a pet. I found the creature horrid. I know that in the Kingdom to come there will be, as the Bible Says, "a new heaven and a new earth." We will have new glorified bodies. Until that time if by God's mercy I should be able to enjoy the kingdom, I will be interested in seeing the glorified kangaroo. Until that time I would rather not visit kangaroos, especially in zoos. There were many jumbo trons that helped us see the Pope. Sometime the crowds were so big it was impossible to get close. In this, his first speech to us, he warned all the youth to beware of subtle ideologies that permeate our culture. I know what he means. There are all kinds of seemingly good ideas that we are inclined to go along with that are really awful. Think of the lack of outrage for instance over the thousands of unborn babies killed daily. Most people just don't think it is a big deal. How can that be? Murder is not killing? Murder is the direct, intentional taking of an innocent human life. This describes abortion. The life taken is human. It is not an animal. That life is always personally innocent in the case of abortion. The death happens not a a result of trying to do some thing else. It is direct and intentional. An innocent person who dies because of a stray bomb in a war is not intentionally killed. Capital punishment is not to be employed in a country like our own that does have the means to protect society from the threat of a criminal mind but it is not as bad as abortion because it is not a question of taking an innocent human life, all things being equal. However, the ideology of songs, movies, television, and schools often promotes the almost ludicrous idea that abortion is somehow a right. It is the most flagrant usurpation of rights. The young lady or man in the first stages of life before birth can't be killed for any reason. They are never an unjust aggressor. They are innocent. We have to be careful of ideologies that turn us away from the right we all have to our bodies. If our body might be broken in someway and that is discovered that is no reason to slaughter anyone. The world has gone mad it seems. Ideologies as opposed to true reason have taken over so many and I am so happy the Pope encourages us to return to reason and be savvy in this increasingly twisted and depraved world. Our young will shine like stars in the night time of the culture of death.

Here we have about 150 Deaf pilgrims from around the world. Mostly from Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Canada, South America and Europe.

Happy Pilgrim! He was a great young man on this trip. He was obedient and self controlled. He was concerned for others and patient when we had to suffer long lines and snags. He was joyful when things worked out and as the youth are good at being, he helped all of us who were once young ourselves to experience that new springtime that seems eternal in our human family. He reminds us how we are like God who is eternal. We stopped for a picture in the midst of the

great assembly. The flags proclaimed that the Church is one. It is universal. And that we are one family united by the love of our True Father in Heaven. As they are saying in the picture the whole experience was a profound consolation of peace. It was a great peace march.

And now the last picture. Here starts the journey to the last great Mass. This is where everyone comes for Mass with the Pope. It has to be outside because there are many hundreds of thousands of people who come. There is no parking lot big enough so we all march to the place. It was a big horse track. We had to take the whole day just to get there and we slept outside all night with the thousands of other youth. Mass was powerful indeed. We celebrate it the same way all over the planet and it showed.

Fr. Jeremy St. Martin

Trip to the Solemn Profession of Br. Hugh Mrs. Susie Napoli, Mr. and Mrs. Carey, and Ms. Susan Jones together with Ms. Linda Ruso (one of the support staff of the Office of the Deaf Apostolate) were able to travel to Rev. Mr. Hugh McSherry's ceremony of solemn promises in New York. There were many from the Deaf Catholic Community from all over who traveled to be there at this time of great love. This picture above shows us early in the morning waiting for the train Fr. St. Martin

Confirmation Retreat and Celebration! Here we are at the Confirmation retreat. Thanks to all who helped. Thank to all the parents, thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Carey.

And here is some of the group after being Confirmed and filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Left to right Colin Lualdi, Sean Partick Flanaga, Caitlyn Lacerra, Dominick Boyd, Bianca Hoffmeister, Jasmine Haffmeister, Jose Valdez. Also congratulations to Tyler Massa. Special note. Dominick was also the reciever of 1st Holy Communion on this day of God's grace. Bishop Edyvan is there in the background. Fr. St. Martin

International Deaf Pilgrimage to Rome Three Catholic Men from the Deaf Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Boston were able to take part in the in this great event. We prayed, saw old friends, and learned. The events can be relived online. We were able to do a series of videos of the entire event all in ASL and upload it. Check out the full report at: . Bruce Bucci, James Jones, and Shawn Carey were troopers. We didn't waste a second. We saw so many historical buildings central to our faith. The Bishop of Liverpool in England, who was able to get the church to approve a BSL translation of the Mass prayers for his Deaf people, was also able to get permission for all of us to celebrate Mass right in the center of St. Peters Basilica under the Chair of Peter. Shawn Acolyted. Fr. St. Martin Deaf Diocesan Seminarian and Diocesan Priest Seminar We had the Third Annual Deaf Diocesan Seminarian and Newly Ordained Deaf Diocesan Priest Seminar. Fr. Michael Medas founded this program and it was wonderful. This year it was at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. There were three Deaf Seminarians who attended: Shawn Carey, Christopher Klausman (studying for Milwaukee), Dustin Bernard (studying for Lafayette). Fr. Paul Zirimenya attended as a newly ordained priest. Msgr. Glenn Nelson was the Keynote speaker. He is the Chancellor of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois. He is also the director for the Deaf Apostolate there. He has been doing this work for many years. There are many access issues for each deaf person that are unique. We learned that one of the rules of thumb for setting up good interpreting for any situation and for any particular individual is to ask the individual. There isn't one kind of Deaf person. That means there are different ways to give access that are better for different people. What is being interpreted also effects what is the best access. This was really helpful to me. There was also a vocation Director who was sent from Lafayette so as to learn more about how to be a better bridge. I voice interpreted for him. Fr. St. Martin Religious ASL Week Shawn Carey and I prepared for his work as a priest this summer and for my continued word for the Deaf this summer with the help of Fr. Mike Depcik at his camp, Holly Family Villiage. This intensive program is designed for priests, deacons and seminarians, qualified working interpreters, and Deaf lectors who read at Sunday Liturgies in the Roman Rite. Participants had an opportunity to learn how to convey religious concepts in ASL for Deaf congregations. They had very qualified instructors including, Fr. Michael Depcik, Deacon Patrick Graybill, Deacon David Sommers, Pam Sommers Conine CI/CT, and Sue Gudenkauf CI/CT. If you would like to go next summer email: for more information. Continuing Education Units Available.Cost: $360. Fr. St. Martin

Congratulation to Dale and Francis Knoll

200th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Boston Celebration Trip to Cathedral. Cardinal O'Malley Welcomes us.

November 23rd Bus leaves from Sacred Heart Church at 1:00 p.m. Arrives back at Sacred Heart at 4:30 p.m. $5.00 Let me know via email: Let me know by Nov.17th Invite your friends!

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