Below are some resources for Signing Liturgies

There was a “blue book” (as it was lovingly referred to) for Catholic Signs.  It was an 8 X 10 paper back and is out of print. (Sr. Alverna Hollis- It was used for YEARS) We have ordered this book from Amazon and are going to see if we can get reprint rights on it as it is out of print and it was the only one left on Amazon even though as a used product.

Another religious Sign book is done by Elaine Costello and is called 
Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide For All Faiths 
It is/was interfaith. 
 Here is the link: “
The archdiocese of Washington Offers 
New Roman Missal Sign Language Interpreter Training at
Below is a description from their site.


On November 27, 2011, the First Sunday of Advent, the Catholic Church will introduce the new edition of the Roman Missal.

On March 22-24, 2011 an online video training series was created by a national team of experienced Deaf persons, clergy, pastoral workers, and liturgical interpreters for reference and practice while preparing to interpret the new translation of the Roman Missal into American Sign Language for the Catholic Deaf Community.

It is important to note that this is a working draft model and focuses on the Common parts of the Mass. 
In addition to serving as a training tool for Sign Language Interpreters, this project will also be a valuable resource for Deaf Adult Formation classes, Small Group discussion groups, and Religious Education classes for the Deaf, and more.

For use with Sign Language Interpreters, this model is intended to communicate the concepts in the text through: 
• Choice of appropriate ASL signs
• Use of space
• Directionality
• Eye gaze
• Facial "expression" (affect/mood)


     Liturgical Signs and Prayers

A description is as follows. 
It is available at our site at

Liturgical Signs and Prayers is a first-of-it's-kind resource for the Deaf Community and beyond. This will be a vital tool to parishes, the deaf ministers, interpreters and parents of deaf children to open the doors to Deaf Catholics in our community.

This DVD will be an important tool for priests in answering questions of the role of the interpreter and guidelines for using an interpreter present during a Liturgy. Also included on the DVD are Po9licies and Procedures of Using a Sign Language Interpreter as well as the texts of the Mass, and the Rites of Baptism, Marriage and Funeral. This will be beneficial to all inhaving the text available.

Parents will find it useful in their role as first catechists to their deaf children in the passing on of their faith through the use of sign language. Included in the DVD are prayers common to the Catholic faith as well as a glossary of terms and parts of the Mass. The Rites can be helpful to teach the children more about the rituals sacraments of Baptism and Marriage and the Funeral Rite.

The interpreter's role is vital to the success of deaf ministry. Through signing the Liturgy, the interpreter becomes a minister in the church enabling communication to flow from the altar to the deaf members of the congregation. This facilitation allows the deaf parishioners to be active participants in the Liturgy. Through the production of this DVD interpreters will have a tool to enhance their understanding of certain parts of the Mass and prayers to increase the effectiveness of their interpreting skills.

The DVD is accessible to all as it is voiced, signed and contains open captioning.

This DVD will be a tool not only to help those directly involved in Deaf Ministry, but will help increase awareness of all those who through curisity use it to learn more about faith through Sign Language. My deepest gratitude and congratulations to all who worked on this endeavor and may God continue to bless you and your ministry.