Hudson Valley Catholic Deaf Center

Hudson Valley Catholic Deaf Center

Ministers to persons who are Deaf or hearing impaired through adult Bible classes, interpreted Masses, religious education classes, counseling, sign language interpreting and social activities

Mission Statement: Our mission is to support the faith life of Deaf/Hard of hearing Persons who use sign language as their principle means of communication by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through spiritual, social, and catechetical programs in the northern counties of the Archdiocese of New York — Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Rockland.

A program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
218 Church Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601-4105
845 345-8396(vp)
845 452-1400 ext 4212 (voice)
845 452-3336(fax)
845 452-3338 (tty)

Coordinator of Deaf Pastoral Services: Sister Barbara Ann Sgro, O.P.


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Pastoral–Catechetical Services

Network with parishes to provide:
Religious Education/Sacramental Preparation for children who are Deaf/hard of hearing
RCIA for Deaf adults wanting to become Catholic
Marriage Preparation
Offer adult faith formation classes and spiritual development activities
Promote Catholic social teaching
Visit those who are home-bound, in hospitals/nursing homes or imprisoned
Network/provide assistance with social services
Provide pastoral support as appropriate

 Social activities:

Social after Mass for Deaf
Monthly lunch/games
Annual picnic/special events

Lay Ministry training

Prepare lectors, readers for Masses
Prepare Eucharistic ministers


Deaf community newsletter
Resource Library (books and other media)
Deaf awareness presentations
Spirituality/retreat workshops
Support Deaf Cursillo
Network with other pastoral workers in Deaf ministry to offer additional workshops/services

ASL Interpretation

Sacramental liturgies
Funeral liturgies
Engaged Encounter weekends
Preparation for marriage
Marriage Encounter weekends
Religious Education parent classes
Appointments at Catholic Charities Community services as appropriate

Parish Vigil/Sunday and Holy Day Masses/Masses for the Deaf community:
 (Please see our newsletter or contact us for Mass times and schedule changes.)

First Sunday
Holy Trinity Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster, N.Y.
Second Sunday
Holy Trinity Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
St. Mary Mother of the Church, Fishkill, N.Y.
St. Paul Church, Congers, N.Y.  [Coffee Social after Mass]
Third Sunday
St. Joseph Church, New Paltz, N.Y. (9 months) Mass for Deaf  community and Pot Luck Social  [Note: Jan/July/August: Holy Trinity, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.]
Fourth Sunday
Holy Trinity Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
St. John the Evangelist Church, Goshen, N.Y.
Fifth Sunday (when applicable)
Holy Trinity Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Hudson Valley Catholic Deaf Center (HVCDC) is a program of Catholic Charities Community Services.  For almost 35 years HVCDC has served the Catholic Deaf Community in the northern counties of the Archdiocese of New York.  These counties include Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster and Rockland.  Our staff is mobile throughout our service area.  Our office is located in the city of Poughkeepsie and is accessible by bus, train and car.  HVCDCV is also Chapter #99 of the International Catholic Deaf Association-US (ICDA).