St. Andrew's is grateful to welcome our Deaf brothers and sisters into our faith community!
With the Wisconsin School for the Deaf (W.S.D.) right up the street from us, St. Andrew's is proud to serve the population of Catholic Deaf students attending W.S.D. We offer religious education to all students from lower elementary to seniors in high school. Classes are taught in American Sign Language (ASL) so the students have full access to learning about God's love. For many of the students attending classes with us they are learning the Good News of our salvation for the first time! Each class progresses in different levels. We prepare the students for First Reconciliation/Confession, (the students confess to a priest who can sign, or a Deaf priest), First Eucharist/Communion, and Confirmation. The students also experience at least one Deaf Mass during the year where the entire Mass is in ASL by either a Deaf priest or a priest who can sign. In the past we also have had opportunities to learn lessons from Deacon Christopher Klusman, a Deaf seminarian in the Archdiocese who will be ordained to the priesthood in May. We have been blessed to be able to celebrate the sacraments and Masses with Father Brian Holbus who can sign and also Father Mike Depcik, a Deaf priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago.
We also serve the population of several Deaf adults living in the area too. We offer monthly Catholic Deaf Bible studies from Oct. - May. These occur from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the parish rectory on the second Monday of the month. These discussions are led by Deacon David Sommers our Deaf deacon from Milwaukee.
Our 9:30 Masses each Sunday are interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). On the fourth Sunday of the month Deacon Dave comes to Delavan and preaches at the 9:30 Mass in ASL during the months of Oct. through May. In addition to Sunday services we also try to accommodate interpreting any other church service or faith development events in our parish that are requested by the Deaf.
For any information about Deaf Ministry or if you would like to get involved or participate please contact our coordinator Patty Kostechka at 728-9751 or via email at