SINGAPORE – As the song "Still" by Hillsong was played to the congregation, everyone was singing along except members of the performing group – they used sign language instead. The performers were members of the Singapore Catholic Deaf Community (SCDC) who were commemorating International Day for the Deaf at Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) on Oct 5.
The performance showed that hearing impaired people have the ability to participate in praise and worship using sign language.
Members of the society also put up a skit about a deaf man, on the brink of despair and frustration, who thankfully met someone from church who shared the Good News with him and restored his faith in God.
Brother Lionel Thomas, a seminarian from the Malacca-Johor Diocese, commented that he
was awed by God’s love for the deaf in giving them this wonderful tool for communication, and added
that it was "a humbling experience to be with this group as they display such strong unity, love and support among members!"
SCDC President Patrick Anthony was thankful to IHM for its support over the past few years. He hoped that more hearing impaired people and volunteers will join the community.