A Language of Its Own

Most people experience worship mainly though their aural sense. We hear a sermon; we sing hymns and participate in liturgy. We worship primarily through speaking, singing and perhaps playing of musical instruments. To the deaf, whose language is visual, worship is visual.

On 11 May 2019, parishioners at HFK had the privilege of celebrating a signed mass with the Catholic Ministry for the Deaf (CMfD). It provided hearing members of the congregation a small window into a deaf person’s world - the world of silence.

Pin drop silence filled the church as Rev. Father Michael Chua celebrated mass in sign language. Hymns were not left out from the order of liturgy. Moving in unison, the silent singers almost seemed to be dancing with their hands as their fingers traced rhythmic patterns in the air. Hearing parishioners joined in the worship by silently reciting prayers. It was indeed a memorable and unique opportunity to experience mass in a different way and be able to worship against a backdrop of silence.

The mass for the deaf serves as a good reminder of the Holy Father’s call for inclusion - that it becomes the mentality and culture of the church. In his message at the 2018 International Day of the Deaf, Pope Francis stressed that the right of every man and every woman to a dignified life will always be protected.

CMfD gathers every Sunday at 11.30 a.m. in St Francis Xavier Church, Petaling Jaya to celebrate mass together and build communion among the deaf and wider community. For more information on CMfD, kindly visit www.catholicministryfordeaf.my or join their Facebook page ‘Catholic Ministry for the Deaf’

Ephesians 2:19

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers,
but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household

Star Trek: Discovery 2017,Young Sheldon 2017,Panchayat 2020,Godzilla Minus One 2023,Eric 2024,Family Guy 1999,Back to Black 2024,Stranger Things 2016,FBI 2018,moviestowatch,watchseriesfree,The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare 2024,Atlas 2024,watchfreemovies,Shameless 2011,The Fall Guy 2024,Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire 2024,The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare 2024flixhivefree watch movies onlinezoroxmovies free onlinemyflixerwatch series onlineflixhivewatch movies freemyflixerfree animeflixravefree anime streaminganixfree anime streamingflixravefree movies online sitesflix tvfree anime onlineanitakumovies to watchmyflixercine6tv shows onlineanitakutv shows to watchlookmoviefree animelookmoviefree movie websitecinezonewatch movies freecinezonefree movie onlineflixflarefree watch movies onlineanitakuwatch free movies online freelookmoviewatch free movieslookmoviewatch tv showslookmoviefree movie onlineanitakuwatch movies online for freeflixravewatch animesflixwatch series online free