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Church hands out strong sign of faith

St. Peter has hymn for deaf

Home News Tribune Online 03/26/07

By CARMEN CUSIDO
STAFF WRITER
ccusido@thnt.com

NEW BRUNSWICK — “Janet Sorber said she felt ‘very spiritual’ as she made her way from the pew to the sanctuary at St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church Sunday morning to join six other women in performing the hymn ‘Amazing Grace.’

Unlike many of the songs sung at the church, this one was performed in American Sign Language by Sorber, who was born deaf, and the other women.

‘It’s relating to God; it was a great feeling,’ said Sorber, an East Brunswick resident, through Kathy Nilsson, who was at the 11 a.m. Mass as an interpreter.

The women and 16 fourth- and fifth-graders at St. Peter the Apostle Elementary School, who earlier performed the song ‘In Every Age’ in sign language, were part of an observance of Deaf Awareness Month. They crossed their arms, stretched their hands toward the ceiling, and used other signs to convey words like ‘refuge’ and ‘bright.’…”

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