Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski celebrated Palm Sunday Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Hicksville, with members of the deaf community in the diocese. Msgr. Thomas Costa, chaplain for deaf Catholics and Father James Stachacz, St. Ignatius pastor, concelebrated the Mass. Msgr. Costa and other interpreters used American Sign Language throughout the liturgy. More than 100 people participated in the Mass. For a slide show of photos see below. Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
Diane Werner interprets a passage from Scripture.
Bishop Zglejszewski blesses the palms.
Bishop Zglejszewski reads a passage from the passion as Msgr. Costa and fellow interpreters Patricia McCarthy and Sister of St. Joseph Maura Costello join them in the sanctuary.
Patricia McCarthy interprets during the reading of the Passion.
Msgr. Costa interprets Bishop Zglejszewski's homily.
Ryan Griske and other worshippers pray.
Sister of St. Joseph Rita Epilone serves as an interpreter.
Msgr. Costa interprets as Bishop Zglejszewski prays during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Bishop Zglejszewski uses sign language to acknowledge the congregation at the end of Mass.
Bishop Zglejszewski and Msgr. Costa presented Patricia and Richard Krumholz with a certificate in recognition of their 50th wedding anniversary.