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We Provide Wonderful Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

As the Catholic Deaf are increasingly identified and empowered by the “opening doors” of changing attitudes and federal civil rights legislation, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Ministry with the Deaf continues to grow in its spectrum of services offered to those who experience communication barriers to their spiritual and personal growth.

Services include:

  • Signed and Interpreted Sunday Masses
  • Complete Sacramental Access
    • Religious Education for Deaf Children, Weddings, Pre-Cana, Baptisms, Individual and Couples Pastoral Counseling, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Signed wakes and funeral liturgies
  • Pastoral visitation to isolated Deaf Seniors and hospital stays
  • Religious Interpreter Trainings
  • ASL Interpreter Referrals (Click HERE for a list of Interpreters)
  • In-Service Deaf Awareness Trainings
  • Liaison with parish leadership and clergy
  • Personal instruction for Pre-Cana couples
  • Quarterly newsletter: Ephatha (Be Open) In Progress
  • Referrals to Catholic Charities programs, Immigration, legal, home-care, addiction recovery, governmental services and employment
  • Referrals to Social Work Case Management
  • Advice on A.D.A. requirements/compliance
  • Socialization Opportunities
  • Advocacy for the legal, spiritual and human rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals

Signed and Interpreted Mass Schedule

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street
Newark, NJ

Signed ASL Mass & Social
Every 4th Sunday   12:00 PM
With Social after Mas

Interpreted Mass
Every 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday  12:00 PM


St. Luke’s
340 N. Franklin Tnpk.
Hohokus, NJ

Interpreted Mass
Every Sunday   10:30 AM



St. John the Apostle
1805 Penbrook Terrece
Linden, NJ

Interpreted Mass
Every 1st Sunday  9:00 AM


Our Lady of Fatima
403 Spring Street
Elizabeth, NJ

Interpreted Mass
Every 2nd & 4th Sunday  10:15 AM
With Social after Mass

St. Paul the Apostle
14 Greenville Avenue
Jersey City, NJ

Interpreted Mass
Every 1st & 2nd Sunday 12:00 PM



St. Augustine's (ASL interpreted) (Cleveland)


Fr. Shawn (Boston) 
Fr.Tom/Deacon Tomas American Sign Language with spoken-English & Spanish translation 
Fr. Mike Depcik (Detroit) 
Msgr. Nelson (Rockford, Ill) 
Fr. Sean Loomis - (Philadelphia)

Contact Us
Rev. Bismarck Chau, Chaplain

Office for Ministry with the Deaf
89 Ridge Street
Newark, NJ 07104

Video Phone:  973-685-5574
Office: 973-497-4009

Deacon Tom Smith - Adult Formation