Katie Locus

Consultant for Deaf Ministry

(913) 324-5378 videophone (VP)

Fr. Scott Wallisch, Chaplain

Joan Macy, ASL Interpreter Coordinator 


Mission Statement

The Pastoral Office of Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is committed to supporting Catholic deaf and hard of hearing persons in achieving their full inclusion in the life of the Church.

Members in the deaf community in the Archdiocese are served through programs which foster spiritual growth, leadership and family enrichment.

Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing seeks to. . .

Assist persons deaf or hard of hearing in realizing God's presence in their lives through:

  • Signed and interpreted liturgies
  • Sacramental preparation
  • Spiritual direction
  • Annual retreats
  • Cursillo and group reunions
  • Marriage encounter
  • Arranging for interpreters for special occasions - baptisms, weddings, funerals and other events when requested.

Provide ongoing educational opportunities through:

  • Adult religious education
  • Bible study groups
  • Rite of Christian Initiation
  • Religious education for students attending the Kansas School for the Deaf
  • Assistance to teachers and/or parents of deaf students involved in parish programs

Provide support and assistance through:

  • Pastoral visitation to homes
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Support and referral services
  • Visitation to the sick, shut-ins and hospitalized
  • Ephpheta Newsletter and monthly bulletins
  • Awareness programs about deafness and other disabilities
  • Workshops on religious signs
  • Service to late-deafened adults
  • Resource center
  • Advocacy at Archdiocesan and parish levels

Deaf Retreats are held annually during the second weekend in Oct. For more information contact Katie Locus  (913) 324-5378 videophone (VP)

Signed Masses at St. Paul's, Olathe

After the signed Masses there is usually a pot luck dinner followed by a meeting or a social. Please bring a salad or a vegetable dish that serves ten people. The meat is prepared by the people who volunteer to prepare it for that particular day.
Interpreters needed
We have requests for interpreted masses throughout the Archdiocese. If you know of someone who has some sign skills and would be interested in signing the Liturgy, please have them contact  Katie Locushis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Funding for this ministry is made possible through the Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese and organizational and private donations.


National Catholic Office for the Deaf (NCOD)

International Catholic Deaf Association (ICDA)         

Fr. MD’s Kitchen Table                                                

Deaf Apostolate, Archdiocese of Boston

Deaf Apostolate, Diocese of Rockford (IL)

Religious ASL Workshop (RASL)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministry, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)


Interpreted Mass Schedule

 Deaf Mass & Confessions*

St. Paul, Olathe – 2:00 pm

900 S. Honeysuckle Drive, 66061

2nd Sunday of the month (except May)

Potluck social after Mass except during June, July, & August. 

If you would like to join the potluck social, please bring a salad or vegetable dish that serves 10 people.  A meat dish is prepared by volunteers.

2016 Deaf Mass Dates for St. Paul:

  • January 10
  • February 14
  • March 13       
  • April 10         
  • June 12         (No Potluck)
  • July 9 (Saturday)   4:00 pm (Please note: This is a Saturday evening Mass.  No Potluck)
  • August 14       (No Potluck)
  • September 11
  • October 9        DEAF RETREAT
  • November 13
  • December 11

Most Pure Heart of Mary, Topeka – 4:30 pm

1750 SW Stone Ave, 66604

2nd Saturday of the month (except May-August)

2016 Deaf Mass Dates for Most Pure Heart of Mary:

  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 12 No Deaf Mass
  • April 9  DEAF RETREAT
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10

*Deaf Mass does have a voice interpreter for attendees that do not know American Sign Language.


Interpreted Mass Schedule

Masses are not interpreted on the 2nd Sunday of the month due to Deaf Mass.

Prince of Peace, Olathe

16000 W. 143rd Street, 66062

Saturdays, 5:00 pm     (except the Saturday before the 2ndSunday of the month)

St. Paul, Olathe

900 S. Honeysuckle Drive, 66061

Sundays, 10:00 am

St. Joseph, Shawnee

11311 Johnson Drive, 66203

Sundays, 10:30 am

Most Pure Heart of Mary, Topeka

1750 SW Stone Ave, 66604

Sundays, 9:30 am

Holy Trinity, Paola

601 E. Chippewa Street, 66071

Sunday, 10:00 am       (1st Sunday of the month only)


Available on days when Deaf Mass is offered or by appointment.