I have a relative who is deaf but was raised catholic. She is part of a deaf Assemblies of God church for several years now. She told me she never got Mass, even though sometimes her Catholic parish had interpretations and she had classes to understand more.
Should I be trying to reach out to her to bring her home? She likes her new church and friends, but I wonder what I can be doing to help her along. Part of the problem is a small community of deaf and hard of hearing Catholics and no Masses that are interpreted anymore, at least that I know of. I am sure that since she has been exposed to anti-Catholic stuff for all these years, she would be every hesitant to return at all! :hmmm:
Does the desire to return to the Church have to come from her? :shrug: If she isn’t wanting to return to the church, should I press? Moreover, is it a mortal sin for her, since I’m pretty positive she never formally left the church with a letter. Should I be trying to dialog with her, even though she has animosity toward the church? (A few times she has asked me weird questions that I answered honestly - and with loving charity - and it totally surprised her that I had an intelligent answer. She seems to believe what her pastor and his wife tell her, especially, I suppose, these untruths that she gullibly believes about the catholic church).
I would like to give her books to read. But her comprehension level is low, and she might regard this as a way for her to share stuff with me. Oh, well, it might open a door, right??
I am trying to be charitable every time I see her, which isn’t very often, but I feel at a loss, because I don’t know any liturgical signs. The most I do is pray for her conversion and her family’s, at each Consecration, and occasional decades of the Rosary.
Also, I understand that Masses aren’t completely translated because of the nuances of American sign language and spoken English.
Thanks and God bless.
P.S. I am always bolstered by remembering a story of an elderly deaf man who loved Mass and even though he couldn’t “hear” what was actually being said, he still always sat in the front pew. When asked why, he simply said something like, “I know Jesus is here.”