The mission of Deaf Ministry is to provide priestly pastoral care and the full scope of the liturgy and Catholic Sacraments to deaf Catholics through the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Northeast Minneapolis. The Archdiocesan Office for the Deaf joined this parish in 1986, and today, there are 170 registered families.
At Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the priest signs, the choir signs, and the music is signed to allow the community to fully participate using the deaf language and culture. This is much different than an interpreted mass which is more so a three-way communication between the priest, the interpreter, and the deaf individual.
All people are welcome to celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and greet deaf brothers and sisters. Most deaf Catholics stay away from Mass because they feel unwanted. Only 4% of deaf people consider themselves people of faith, so there is a great opportunity to evangelize among the deaf.
2018 CSAF Goal Amount: $39,733
For most ministries, CSAF funds only part of their annual budget. Some ministries have other sources of funds, such as participant fees and direct donor gifts for some of their programs.