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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"'Ephphatha!' (that is, 'Be opened!')" (from the Gospel Reading for 2/10/17)

Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to Him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged Him to lay His hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man's ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then He looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
"Ephphatha!" (that is, "Be opened!")
And immediately the man's ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more He ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
"He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak." (Mark 7: 31-37)
In the Philadelphia Archdiocese, "Thirteen Parishes have a regular schedule of Masses Interpreted in American Sign Language [Only St Pius X in Broomall has an interpreted Mass, each Sunday.]. Deaf Community Masses are scheduled once a month in Philadelphia, Delaware County and Montgomery County."  Across the river in the nearby Trenton area, there is an interpreted Mass each Sunday (9:00 a.m.) at Holy Angels on South Broad Street.

Resources for Teaching the Compendium of the Catechism:

Much of Part One focuses on what we believe, the Apostles Creed (Click for a video of Deacon Patrick Graybill, who is deaf himself.):

Much of Part Two focuses on how we celebrate, the Seven Sacraments (Click for a video of Father Chris Klusman.  In the second video, Father Mick Depcick, who is deaf himself discusses the Sacrament of Reconciliation):

Much of Part Three focuses on how we live, the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes:

Much of Part Four focuses on how we pray, the Our Father (the Lord's Prayer) ( Click for a video of Father Shawn Carey, who is deaf himself.):

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