The deaf community takes a group photo with Father Joseph Nasanathan, OFM. To the friar’s right is Brother Lionel Thomas, an interpreter from the Malacca-Johor Diocese. Photo provided by the Singapore Catholic Deaf Community
SINGAPORE – Minds and hearts opened as Mass came alive in sign language at the parish of St. Vincent De Paul on Sunday Jan 31.
It was the first time the congregation witnessed that the silence of the deaf community in church does not indicate a vacuum in their lives. Rather, it pointed to a life filled with faith in a loving God.
The deaf community also signed the song ‘Note To God’, made popular by Filipina singing sensation, Charice. Parishioners, some emotionally moved, gave a thundering applause.
This is the first time the deaf community is making their presence felt at this parish which became a Spirit-filled and fruitful experience for all.
Father Sitaram invited the deaf community to join in for future Masses and welcomed them to make his parish their home too.
The Singapore Catholic Deaf Community (SCDC) President, Patrick Anthony was struck by the warm welcome extended by parish priest Father Michael Sitaram and his flock.
Mr Anthony expressed that the church community reflected the face of Christ and they made the deaf members feel very much at home.
SCDC is conducting a series of road shows to promote awareness of the deaf community, which seeks to gather new members and allow them to draw from the wellsprings of grace that is life-giving.
Like all members of the mystical Body of Christ, deaf people are also called to be active announces of the Gospel and to live out their vocation as baptised Christians by fully participating in public worship and the sacraments. Therefore they have a role in contributing to the building of God’s kingdom and manifesting the risen Christ in their lives.
By Brother Lionel Thomas