St. Andrew's is grateful to welcome our Deaf brothers and sisters as part of 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 Deaf priest or a priest who can sign), 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.
We also serve the population of several Deaf adults living in the area too. We offer monthly evening Catholic Deaf Bible studies from Oct. - May. (For the dates and place, please use the contact info below for Patty Kostechka who can send you the most updated schedule.) The Bible study discussions are led by Father Christopher Klusman, our Deaf priest from the Milwaukee Archdiocese.
Our 9:30 Masses each Sunday are interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). We also have a monthly Deaf Mass at St. Andrew when Father Christopher comes to Delavan and celebrates the Mass in ASL. Many of our Deaf parishioners participate in ministerial roles during Mass. If members of our Deaf Community want to be a reader, usher, bread, or cup minister, please contact Patty for training. 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. Our ongoing need is for more religious interpreters. Training will be provided. We also welcome anyone interested in being a catechist.
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 [email protected]
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