Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Ministry

Special Events


"Celebrating the Year of Mercy" with Fr. Mike Depcik

Thank you to all who participated and to Fr. Mike for joining us!

Click HERE to read the Criterion article

Interpreted Masses in the Archdiocese

9:00 am Sunday Mass at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Indianapolis

10:30 am Sunday Mass at St. Jude Catholic Church, Indianapolis

Interpreter Training Workshops

individuals practicing American Sign Language in Mass readings

Certified, but not quite comfortable interpreting Mass or other liturgies? Know ASL and want to know more? Come for some fun practice, great presentations and practical resources.

NB: These sessions are geared toward individuals who have at least *some* knowledge already of American Sign Language.

Contact Erin Jeffries with any questions at (317) 236-1448, or

hope to see you there!

First Communion ASLSacramental Preparation Resources

Program for First Reconciliation in ASL from NCOD  *Available in office for review!

Program for First Eucharist in ASL from NCOD *NEW in office for reveiw!

In process of being updated, but still very useful in presenting lessons! Includes DVD- all dialogue is in ASL, all text and worksheets are in Spanish.

Program for Confirmation in ASL from NCOD, featuring Fr. Mike Depcik  *Available for review!

Fr. Shawn Carey explains the steps in making a good confession, including the Act of Contrition

"Understanding the Sacraments" with Fr. Christopher Klusman video series

Catholic Marriage Preparation Class Online! Closed Captioned, USCCB Approved:

**Before beginning any marriage preparation program, be sure you are in communication with your Parish priest

Resources for Interpreting the Mass

YouTube Playlist: New Roman Missal for Interpreters (from the Archdiocese of Washington)

NCOD DVD Resource: Liturgical Signs and Prayers *NEW in office for review!

NCPD DVD Resource: Liturgical Signs and Prayers: A Resources for the Deaf Community

- includes marriage, baptism and funeral rites, in addition to Mass

- NOTE: does not include language of revised Roman Missal.

YouTube Video: New Roman Missal Translation (from the Archdiocese of Boston)

Interpreter Resources/ASL videos (from the Archdiocese of Boston)

Interpreting the Mass: Decision Making, Preparation and Practice (workshop) 

Signing the Scriptures, Year A,B and C by Joan Blake: It is important to note that these books do NOT provide pictures of the signs, but the word order for the readings, using the ASL syntax. *These are available in the office to review

Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths by Elaine Costello, Ph.D: A good, visual dictionary for religious signs. *Available in the office for review

Resources for Parishes

Policy for Working with Sign Language Interpreters in Catholic Religious Settings from NCOD

Principles for Understanding Deaf Ministry and Guidelines for Hiring Pastoral Ministers for the Deaf Community (NCOD)

Homilies, Prayers and Interviews in ASL

Fr. Mike Depcik's blog: a wonderful resource in general for homilies, interviews and prayers in ASL, including the Stations of the Cross, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary

ASL prayer videos from Loyola Press


The "Jesus" film translated into ASL: based on Luke's Gospel from the "Good News" translation, Today's English Version (USCCB approved)

Deaf Bible App: available free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Apps for Kindle Fire

The Bible: ASL version,  DVD This project is in progress, but the entire New Testament is available, as well as Genesis, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Song of Solomon, Daniel and the Minor Prophets (Hosea-Malachi)

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