Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Ministry

Seasonal Resources:


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

9:30 am Sunday Mass at St. Jude Catholic Church, Indianapolis

You can also view Mass in ASL each Sunday Live on Facebook at "Deaf Catholic Community / St. John Deaf Center"

Religious ASL Study Group:individuals practicing American Sign Language in Mass readings

We are pleased to begin a study group for folks who have been expressing interest both in practicing/keeping up their American Sign Language skills, and specifically Catholic prayers, or other religious signs. This would be a good opportunity as well for younger Deaf individuals (with family present), and family members of Deaf individuals, who would like to learn or practice some Religious ASL.

Our facilitator for the group is Joyce Ellinger, who regularly interprets the 9:00 am Mass at St. Matthew, and has been doing a variety of interpreting for many years, including liturgical, education and theater.

Our first meeting is October 17th from 6-8 pm

Registration is open HERE via Eventbrite.

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

hope to see you there!

Sacramental Preparation Resources

Does your parish offer a subscription to FORMED? Some resources are captioned, including Symbolon! Check out the content list HERE.

Religious Signs for Families APP

Click HERE to learn more or purchase for Apple Devices

Click HERE to learn more or purchase for Android Devices

Program for First Reconciliation in ASL from NCOD 

Program for First Eucharist in ASL from NCOD

Includes DVD- all dialogue is in ASL, all text and worksheets are in Spanish.

"My First Eucharist" New! Online-based sacramental preparation materials from NCOD.

Includes lesson plans, activity materials, and online videos, including vocabulary. Available in Spanish soon!

Program for Confirmation in ASL from NCOD, featuring Fr. Mike Depcik *Also available in Spanish*

Other Video Resources:

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

Religious ASL (RASL) Week (Diocese of Rockford, IL) Click HERE for more information!

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

NCOD DVD Resource: Liturgical Signs and Prayers

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.

Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths by Elaine Costello, Ph.D

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 Online videos of Scripture in ASL, with an APP available! Many other resources for adults and children as well.

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