Deaf Ministry

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend commits itself to advocate for the inclusion of deaf Catholics in their parish communities by partnering with parishes to provide interpreters for Mass, building awareness, and creating opportunities for deaf Catholics to be part of the fullness of life in Christ’s body which is the Church. 

Masses Interpreted for the Deaf

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is happy to partner with any parish to provide an ASL interpreter at Mass.

Fort Wayne Area Masses
At this time, the Mass interpreted for the deaf on the second Sunday of the month at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has been suspended because there are no known individuals benefiting from this service.

South Bend Area Masses
St. Matthew Cathedral
First Sunday of the month: 4 p.m. Saturday evening  
Second, Third, and Fourth Sundays of the month: 11 a.m. Sunday morning

Reconciliation for the Deaf

To be connected with a priest who is available to meet with you for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, contact us.

Allison Sturm
[email protected]

Need an interpreter for a Sacrament or a funeral?

An interpreter can be contracted to provide ASL to individuals attending the celebration of the sacrament, (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, wedding, Ordination) or for a funeral.

Diocesan personnel can assist the parish in scheduling the interpreter and can create a worship aid.

Contact Allison Sturm
[email protected]

Watch live streamed signed Masses

Fr. Mike Depcik is one of 12 deaf priests in the world. Watch his Livestream Masses on his Facebook page, and check out his blog.


If you, or someone you know, is deaf and is looking for support in any of these areas, or if you would like to assist this ministry, contact us.

Allison Sturm
[email protected]