Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing

Woman signing in churchIn this section is information related to ministry with are Deaf or hard of hearing. Below is also information on foundational documents and concepts in disability ministry.







Loyola Press Adaptive Reconciliation Kit Link  

Deaf/ Hard-of-Hearing Tips

Word  PDF

Sacrament of Reconciliation, a program consisting of a DVD with lesson plans to assist in preparing individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing for the Sacrament of
Reconciliation, was produced by the National Catholic Office for the Deaf.

My Church: A young girl shares her Catholic Deaf Community Link  
My First Eucharist. This video and teachers guide created by the National Catholic Office for the Deaf (NCOD) provides a signed and closed captioned sacrament preparation to assist in preparing deaf children to receive their First Eucharist. (Penance Program will be available soon) Distributed by RCL-Benziger and NCOD (
Catholic Prayers in American Sign Language (DVD with accompanying booklet) available from Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Deaf Apostolate, 1-215-587-3913
Signs for Catholic Liturgy and Education and other titles and videos available from the National Catholic Office for the Deaf,, 301-577-4184 (tty), 301-577-1684 (voice).
Signing the Scriptures: A Starting Point for Interpreting the Sunday Readings for the Deaf (separate volumes for Year A, B and C) by Joan Blake.  Chicago IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 800-933-1800,


Liturgical Signs & Prayers: A Resource for Deaf Ministries (video) produced by the Deaf Ministry Offices of the Archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore, 2008. Available from the Center for Deaf Ministries, Archdiocese of Washington, 301-459-7464, or Deaf Ministries for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, 410-347-0704, or the Catholic Information Center, at


Online video dictionary. Has religion section, as well as other categories.

In Silent Prayer: A History of Ministry with the Deaf Community in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Father Anthony Russo.  Traces the history of deaf ministry in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia through insightful text, as well as historical documents and photographs.  Describes how this service can be further shaped and improved. Offers specific examples of how to establish an effective ministry, with a discussion of the ideas and attitudes necessary to effect change and progress in ministry today.

Youtube video, Waiting for the World to Change

Signing at Church for Adults and Young Adults. Order # GP-098 Link  
Signing at Sunday School. Order #GP-099 Link  





Catechetical Resources

Access and Inclusion Models  


Sacramental Guidelines (USCCB - 1995)
Link Word PDF
Continuum of Models for Religious Education   Word PDF
Individual Religious Education Plan   Word  

Ministry Tools

Papal Message on World Day of the Sick Link    
Pastoral Statement (Order from USCCB)(1978) Link    
Pastoral Statement - Large Print   Word PDF
Welcome and Justice (USCCB -1998)
Opening Doors to Welcome and Justice/ Parish Guide (Order from USCCB) Link    
Quotes from Documents   Word PDF
Evolving Definition of Disability
Bibliography   Word PDF
National Directory for Catechesis (Order from USCCB) Link    

Foundational Documents for Disability Ministry





Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing-Specific Resources