We just learned of the death of EDNA CERVANTES, mother of Frank Jr, grandmother of Anita Cervantes-Mazique, great grandmother of Rachel Mazique. Vistation Thursday, November 21 at Panazzo Brothers Fuenral Home, 530 W. 14th Street, Chicago Heights. Funeral Friday at St. Anthony Church, 11533 S. Prairie, Chicago. Visitation at 9, service begins 9:30.
ITALY 2014. So far 31 people have signed up for the trip to Italy
with Fr. Joe. Scorby Travel has extended the deadline to get a $200 discount for
the trip. If you send in your $100 registration by NEXT SUNDAY,
9/8, you will save $200 on the total cost for the
trip. For questions and information, email NANCY SCORBY at
If you receive an email from the IRS, there is one thing you must do. DELETE
IT! It is a scam. The IRS will NEVER email someone unless that person has first
emailed the IRS. The IRS communicates with people through the U.S. Postal
Service, NOT email!
Recently became aware of controversial stories from St. Rita
School. Please read this article.
DIFFICULT TIMES for SENIOR CITIZENS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, DEAF PERSONS:
Recently, the Governor of Illinois signed several bills into law. These bills
really hurt people who are poor, old, deaf and/or are disabled. The first bill
is called The Smart Act. This bill gets rid of Illinois Cares RX. So, tens of
thousands of people will NOT get any help from Illinois government to pay their
prescription bills. People who are on Medicare, Social Security will still get
help (Part "D"). However, there will be no more drug "co-pays" to help people
because of the change in Illinois law.
Second, the Governor signed into law
the elimination of the "Circuit Breaker" to help with property tax bills. In
the past, the State of Illinois helped senior citizens and people with
disabilities. How? The State of Illinois gave seniors and people with
disabiltiies a reduction on their property taxes and on their utility bills if
they were poor or had small incomes. Now, the State Legislature(Democrats and
Republicans) and the Governor have gotten rid of this assistance. What does all
Basically, for thousands of people who are old, poor, have a
disability, they will have to spend MORE money on prescription medicines. They
will have to spend MORE money paying their property taxes and utility
bills(electricity/heat). They will have LESS money to buy food. Third, the
Governor and Legislature changed some of the rules for seniors who wish to go
into nursing homes.The State of Illinois has made it MORE difficult for older
people to transfer assets(home, savings, investments) to their children.
Families need to talk about what will happen if dad and/or mom plan to go into
a nursing home in the future. You cannot delay this. This is something families
need to discuss NOW! First, people need to let their families know what is
going on. Often, family members (sons/daughters) do not realize their parents
have been receiving help from these programs. Second, for deaf people, they can
go to CHS (Chicago Hearing Society) for help. Also, CILs (Centers for
Independent Living). SARITA PHADKE at Schaumburg Township is also a very good
person to see. However, help is limited. The government of the State of
Illinois has basically said that it will NOT help people who are Senior
Citizens, poor, or people who are deaf/disabled as it did before. The State
government has refused to pay for these programs anymore. For some people, they
may be able to appeal or receive some help, but most people who are seniors,
poor, deaf or disabled will suffer from these terrible decisions.
Article on Fr. Mike Depcik
For those living in City of Chicago - check out this link:
Chicago Fire Department Expands Smoke Detector Installation,
Targets Residents who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing
LIHEAP means Low Income Home Ebergy Assistance Program. LIHEAP will pay heating
bills in the winter for poor individuals and families. There are many agencies
where you can go to apply for this service. For an agency near you, call:
or go to www.CUBenergysaver.com
For Deaf Air travelers - check out this link:
New Visual Paging System at Midway Elevates Communication for
New Roman Missal Sign Language Interpreter
Traininlink is now up!!
go to: http://www.adw.org/service/NewRomanMissal_InterpreterTraining.asp
SCAM ALERT!Someone has used the name of the Catholic
Office of the Deaf to email many people asking personal information: birth
dates, marriage dates, etc. The Catholic Office of the Deaf will NEVER request
this information through the internet. If you have received such a message,
please do the following: 1) do NOT respond to this at all; do not give any
personal information. 2) please forward whatever requests you have gotten to
firstname.lastname@example.org so we may turn this over to the police. Thank you.
Fr. Joseph A. Mulcrone
Remember your donations to Haiti? Click on this Haiti School Donations to see their Thank You letter
(when you click on it, please give it time to load).
Check out the Calendar! See what`s going on! Here`s a tip -- if you see an
event that is underlined, try clicking on the underlined part. It
will give you a pop-up with more info.
the U.S government has a new site HealthCare.gov that is accessible to
See pictures from the Mass from the Youth gathering in Mexico:Deaf Mass from Mexico youth gathering
Check Fr Joe`s Blog for his report from Mexico!
To those people who have Facebook -
of the Deaf is now on Facebook! Just go to the search box in facebook, and type
"Chicago Catholic Office of the Deaf", and then be come a fan.