June 03, 2020
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Interpreted Masses for deaf Catholics in Maine now offered in Scarborough, Portland and Falmouth

Community Author: Dave Guthro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
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PORTLAND—American Sign Language interpreters will be in attendance to sign Catholic Masses at parishes in Scarborough, Portland, and Falmouth. The interpreted Masses are part of the Diocese of Portland’s effort to enhance ministry to deaf Catholics who are living in Maine.

Here is the weekly schedule of interpreted Masses:

First Sunday: 10:30 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough.

Second Sunday: 10 a.m. at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland

Third Sunday: 4 p.m. Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth.

Fourth Sunday: 10 a.m. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland.

Deaf Catholics in Maine who are unable to attend the above Masses can visit facebook.com/deafmass to watch a livestream of an ASL Mass each Sunday at 11:30 a.m. or watch a replay of the Mass at any time.

“Diocesan ministerial services is assessing the needs of the deaf community and trying to implement opportunities, services, and programs to support and encourage deaf Catholics in Maine, which includes an invitation to be more active in their parishes through sharing their gifts,” said Deacon Peter Bernier, who oversees this and other specialized ministries.

“The deaf community is an important part of the parishes in which they live,” said Bishop Robert P. Deeley. “The diocese wants to reach out to the current and new generations of deaf Catholics to make sure that their needs are being met in terms of having children baptized, catechized, and that they feel welcome at Masses in their churches.”

For more information about opportunities for deaf Catholics in Maine, contact Deacon Peter Bernier at 207-321-7845 or peter.bernier@portlanddiocese.org.