Lilongwe: St. Pius Parish in the Archdiocese of Blantyre, has introduced sign language during the 9:30 am Mass to fully accommodate people with hearing impairment.
The initiative which was proposed a few months ago, was launched on November 4, 2018.
In an interview with the Malawi News Agency, Parish Priest for St. Pius Parish, Father George Kaliati said the development has had a positive impact on the turn up of people with hearing impairment since its introduction.
Officially, we had three people at our parish before introducing sign language and in the past weeks, we have seen the number rising because we have a special section where these people sit together with the interpreter, said Father Kaliati.
The development has not only impressed parish members of St. Pius but members and Priests from other parishes as well.
Father John Makola of Mtima Woyera Parish in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, has commended the parish council for St. Pius parish for the development.
I think this is a very good initiative for it will accommodate the whole congregation. To be precise, this is good because in the church, among the faithful, there are people who need to understand the word of God but it is difficult because there is nobody to interpret for them, pointed out Father Makola.
Furthermore, Father Makola said it is a provision in the Canon Law (Can.213) (system of laws and legal principles for the Catholic Church) that Christ’s faithful have the right to be assisted by their pastors from the riches of the church, especially the word of God and the sacraments.
According to Father Kaliati, there is a plan in motion for priests at St. Pius parish to learn sign language to easily help people with hearing impairment in spiritual matters such as the Sacrament of Confession and many more.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA