Note Date: 10/1/2020 - An Installation Mass with Bishop Hicks.
Good day of Bishop's Installation Mass at Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet, I have arrived there early at 8:30 am. An Installation Mass was started at 10:00 AM. I stayed in my car and ate 2 McDonald sausage burrito and keep myself warm. It was cool winding out and nice sunny out.
At 9 am, I got out of car and walked up to side of the cathedral. One of the guards at the door tested my forehead for temperature using with thermometer. I was fine. I got in successful. I washed my hands and took an Installation Mass book and a face mask with the symbol of St. Raymond's on the mask. I walked in and boy, it was beautiful sight of the cathedral. A lady guided me to meet Sr. Sharon Stola, OSB up front of the cathedral. She show me where I should be seating ... close by where our interpreter, Mary Holden, was. I was so glad to see her. Sr. Sharon, with Mary interpreted, gave me instruction what I will do when my turn to give reading. After few minutes, I was surprised that Br. John Abulag was there, too. So happy to see him there. He was there as an altar server to help the mass.
I sat down and looked around. I started practice my prayer in my mind... just to make sure I sign right and remember the prayer. I started talking to Fr Mark Fracaro in my heart. "Hey, Fr Mark, I'm here for new Bishop! Please give me comfort and strength to get my reading ready. Did you know that we got Fr Ramon and Br. John here, too ... for Deaf Community? Cool! About time!!!".
At 10 am, the mass and the music started ... Fr. Ronald Hicks, Archbishop of Chicago Cupich, Bishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, Bishop Pates, Bishop Daniel Conlon, and many bishops, many others started walking in. Archbishop Cupich introduced and thanked to our past bishops, Sartain, Conlon and Pates for handle our diocese. Archbishop Christopher Pierre brought Pope Francis's letter and reading to us. Afterward, he gave Pope's letter to new Bishop Ronald Hicks. Bishop Ronald walked around proud and showing Pope's letter.to us. Then Bishops guided Bishop Ronald to the Bishop Seat of Diocese of Joliet.
Bishop Ronald gave his beautiful speech. After the mass over, Br. John and I were waiting in the hallway for Mary. Bishop Ronald came up to me and thanking me for doing the prayer. I told him that I have got a note from Fr Joe Mulcrone about Bishop Ronald did involved for Deaf gatherings. I told him that we all Deaf Community are very existing to have him our Bishop plus along with Fr Ramon and Br. John. He smile.
Thank you, Fr. Ramon and Sr. Sharon for letting me do one prayer.
Note Date: 09/11/2020 - Message from Bishop Pates to All Disabilities, Caregivers and Families/Friends associated with Disabilities
Hello Brothers and Sister in Christ, Our next Annual Bishop's Mass with Persons with Disabilities have to reschedule to next year due to Covid-19. Bishop Pates from our diocese made announcement in the video. Please listen to him.
We tell our parishioners to remember that we have “Spiritual Communion.” Courtesy of Fr. CK, in lieu of the Eucharist, we say this prayer: ... My Jesus, I believe that You are real in Eucharist. I love You and want You in my soul. I cannot receive Jesus in Eucharist, please come spiritually into my heart. Please stay with me. Amen.
Fr. CK actually signs the spiritual communion on the video so we could follow along.
Note Date: 07/18/2020 - Bishop R. Hicks, our 6th Bishop of Diocese of Joliet
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Ronald Hicks be at Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet on September 29th. Bishop Hicks will take over Bishop Conlon's place. Still... please keep continue praying for Bishop Daniel Conlon.
I got a letter from Fr. Joe Mulcrone this morning. Please read this... you will be more happy to get to know Bishop Hicks.
From Fr. Joe: Joliet Diocese is getting a wonderful bishop, Ron Hicks. He is a very humble, good natured priest. He worked in El Salvador for several years as a missionary. He knows the deaf community and supports deaf ministry. When we had the last Mid-West ICDA several years ago near Chicago, he came to celebrate the Mass with us.
You see that... Bishop Hicks had worked with Deaf Community and support deaf ministry. Can't wait to welcome him to our community.
Note Date: 06/20/2020 - Great News! We got new Chaplain for the Deaf Ministry in the Diocese of Joliet
Deacon Ramon Sida will be ordain priesthood on June 20th, Saturday morning at 10:00 AM at Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. This event ordination will be closed event to the public but it will be live streamed.
As of starting July 1st, following his ordination to the Priesthood...
He will be assigned at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Plainfield as Associate Pastor and He will also be assigned as the Chaplain for the Deaf Ministry in the Diocese of Joliet.
He knows sign pretty well.
Deacon Ramon will be more excite to working with all of you. Please welcome him to our Deaf Apostolate of the Diocese of Joliet and the Deaf Community.
Thank You, Jesus, for letting Deacon Ramon be part with us.
On Saturday morning (June 20th) before 10 AM... use this button to watch his ordination thru YouTube.
Note Date: 05/5/2020 - Bishop R. Daniel Conlon is resigned
Pope Francis allowed our Bishop Daniel Conlon to retired from the top leadership of Joliet Diocese due to his health and can't manage being leader of our large diocese. Bishop Richard Pates is temporary leader of our diocese.
Pope Francis will find a new leader to take Bishop Daniel's place.
With sadness, but trusting in the promise of "New Life in Jesus Christ", we announce the death of DEACON RALPH HINCH. Ralph died Monday afternoon, 3/23, at home surrounded by his family. He did NOT die because of the Coronavirus. Because of the rules for the State of Illinois and the Archdiocese of Chicago, we will NOT have a funeral Mass at this time.
Note Date: 04/3/2019 - Great News! Bishop Daniel Conlon ordained Br. Ramon Sida to the Order of Deacon.
Congratulations to Deacon Ramon Sida, III! Dc. Ramon knows signing very well. He has been attending to our Deaf Community events like our retreats, Christmas Party and being in St. Mary Immaculate for pastoral internship. He will become a priest in one year. Here is the pictures taken from St. Raymond Cathedral in Joliet.
Note Date: 02/21/2019 - Recycle your prescription and over-the- counter medications
Do not throw any of your prescription or over-the-counter medicines down to the toilet or garbage! Please check with your village's website or garbage collector's website for how to get rid of prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.
For example, where I live in Carol Stream, there is a medications drop-off box in the lobby of the Police Department. Free Drop-off! Please do this for keeping our land and water safe.
Note Date: 09/11/2018 - For Deaf Catholics, A Gesture from Pope Francis Meant the World
Last June 27th, Chicago's Deaf had their great experiences to meet Pope Francis. See an article from the Chicago Catholic News.
See the picture of Raymond Gay signed with Pope Francis. Raymond Gay was our former President of ICDA Chapter 46.
Note Date: 08/22/2018 - The Crime of Sexual Abuse and The Catholic Church
News from Fr. Joe Mulcrone: Many of you know that I come from a law-enforcement family. For me, the sexual abuse of children, the domestic violence and sexual violence against adults are both crimes and sins. Nothing can justify an adult using a child to commit sexual acts. Over the years, I have heard … Read More »
Note Date: 07/05/2018 - Thank You to Minooka Knights of Columbus
Many thanks to the Minooka Knights of Columbus for the donation of $547.32 to our Deaf Apostolate of the Diocese of Joliet. John Sefcik, Diana Stallings, Richard Kush, Raymond Gay and Julie Rueb attended the Knights of Columbus Dinner and accepted the donation from them. Here is an interesting article from The Herald-News.
Note Date: 07/05/2018 - An Open Letter from the NCPD Council...
Note from Fr. Joe Mulcrone: The show "13 Reasons Why, season 2" is a very controversial show. It involves the issue of teens thinking about killing themselves. The NCPD is not an anti-young people, anti-let's discuss hard issues organization. their mental health staff are very experienced and balanced. I would suggest downloading the PDF provided for help for you and your family.
An Open Letter from the NCPD Council on Mental Illness to the Catholic Faithful in Response to 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 There are a number of resources available on the web for families, clergy, pastoral ministers, educators, and other caring adults to utilize in learning about the series, how to respond in working with youth, and other important factors and issues. Click on the image below for the PDF to discover them and more information.
Note Date: 4/21/2018 - Holy Trinity School for the Deaf in Chicago
Holy Trinity School for the Deaf in Chicago is an excellent program for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearings students. It have been around since 1957 and still continue on. Watch their video about their school programs.
Note Date: 4/17/2018 - Brian Van Thyne, Treasurer for ICDA-US Section
Our member of ICDA Chapter 46, Brian Van Thyne, is an ICDA United States Section Treasurer. He wrote up about himself and his beautiful family in The Deaf Catholic magazine, Spring, 2018. Press this button to read his profile. Congratulations, Brian!
Note Date: 4/4/2018 - Guideline for receiving our Lord in Holy Communion
We all do believe that the Eucharist is the true Body and Blood of our Jesus Christ and that our sharing in the Eucharist is the sign of our unique Faith. The Church invites you (Catholic) to receive Holy Communion. If you can not receive Communion, you can still come forward for a blessing... by using this approach, when you request for a blessing, simply cross your arms over your chest.
Note Date: 4/4/2018 - ICDA-US Chapter 46 Meeting
You are welcome to join with us to help our ICDA Chapter. Next chapter meeting: April 26, 2018 7 PM to 9 PM
Where: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church 1500 Brookdale Road Naperville, IL 60563
Note Date: 1/24/2018 - Deaf Catholic Community at Facebook
Note from Fr. Mike Depcik:
Dear Friends, I am pleased to inform that, through the wonders of technology, we have started “livestreaming” our ASL Mass on Facebook We know that many dioceses are unable to provide a Mass in American Sign Language for Deaf Catholics. In response we are making an ASL Mass available online to watch. Every Sunday at 11:30 am we are livestreaming a Mass in ASL from Holy Innocent’s church in Roseville via Facebook.
The Mass can also be viewed as a replay on Facebook anytime afterwards. Attendees do not need to register on Facebook to “attend” this Mass, but it is a great platform for us to evangelize the gospel.
The Mass can be found at the following web address if you are interested: https://www.facebook.com/deafmass. Please share this news with the Deaf Catholic community in your area especially those who are not able to go to church due to health issues, etc. Because this is still a new project, we appreciate your patience and understanding with our mistakes and glitches in our videos or Facebook page. We are trying to make improvements and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Thank you and God bless.
Come and see what we are about and feel welcome to add your ideas and suggestions. Your ideas can enhance and improve our spiritual and social union among deaf and hard-of-hearing Catholics throughout the seven counties of the Joliet Diocese.
Note Date: 5/31/2016 - Member Recognition - Chapter 46
An Article from The Deaf Catholic (Spring,2016)
Note Date: 2/5/2016 - Check other tabs
There are couple of more events and retreats in Events/Retreats tab. Also, Check the Pictures Tab, too.
Note Date: 1/30/2016 - Diana Stallings and Pamela Seymour Get Awards
Note from President Ray:
Two officers of our non-profit ICDA Chapter No. 46: Diana Stallings (left) as the Secretary and Pamela Seymour (right) as the Treasurer receive awards.
The Outstanding Achievement Award goes to Diana who had the capability to do job as writing, business correspondence, accumulation of historic records, arrangement in the proper order, accuracy and other responsibility. She did a great job through four years.
The Thank You Award goes to Pamela who had been very good responsible to take care of all the finance records and money through four years.
The Certification of Appreciation is awarded to Diana Stallings who had a great performance, spiritual ambition, leadership, encouraging cooperative effort and continuously energetic active. And had awesome creative artwork, design for the formal business letters, forms and also had an importance of skillful writing and other various skills.
Additionally Diana makes many announcements to send out to the members of the ICDA Chapter 46 by using electronic emails at Internet, she still continues and has a wonderful humbly patience; nevertheless, still enjoys job. If without her, it would never have been improved successfully.
The members and I are so deeply grateful to them for their four years of service and continued support our ICDA-US Chapter No. 46. Many thanks!
Note Date: 07/19/2014 - HIPPA Hospital Information Patient
Protection Act *******>>>
HIPPA is a Federal Government law.<<< *******
means that a hospital cannot give out ANY information about a patient in the
hospital, without the patient’s permission. So, often, a visitor goes into the
hospital, hospital won`t tell him/her what room your love one in.
After the patient leaves the hospital, he/she complains that no priest or no
deacon came to visit them! Priests/ Deacons/Others did not come because the
hospital never told them! If you or a loved one is in the hospital and wants a
PLEASE have someone in the family contact them at the church
or Fr. Mark immediately!
Note Date: 05/04/2014 - Great News... Two Popes became Saints!!!
Pope Saint John XXIII was the one who started the Second
Vatican Council (1962 to 1965). With this Second Vatican Council completed.... - be able to use our own
languages to understand the Mass (used to be just Latin). - disable person can
became priest like Fr. Tom Coughlin, Fr. Mike Depcik, Fr. Paul Z. and many
Pope Saint John Paul II was a great, beloved and respected Pope. One
time, there was a nun who had Parkinson Disease, she was praying to Pope John
Paul for healing... got surprised that she was healed. The Vatican
declared him Saint.
Note Date: 07/02/2015 - New Concealed Gun Law!
Since Illinois State Law is allowing people carry a concealed gun around.