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Reflections on Race in America Today

Dr. C. Vanessa White, SFOI grew up in the Deep South, at a time of even deeper segregation, a convenient term used to describe the complete separation of the races. It defined every aspect of our lives, where we lived, worked or went to school, and, especially, where we worshiped. (Martin Luther King, quipped, that Sunday morning church services were the most segregated hours.)

For families venturing out for entertainment or recreation it meant figuring out what was opened to us, and staying away from those that were restricted. We were cautioned at an early age to not cross those boundaries. As I look in retrospect it became clear that our parents tried their level best to protect us from the harsh realities of this situation. I can remember in particular, that we were taught to say "yes, sir" or "no, sir," in public when addressing white adults, to assure that the proper deference was shown. Full Story

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The Daniel Rudd Fund for African American Catholic Activities

This Fund is a result of donations over many years to the Congress to promote the ministry of African American Catholics.

The Fund is named in honor of Daniel Rudd, founder of the National Black Catholic Congress and to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the convening the First Congress at Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Washington, DC. Full Details

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 Bishop Says Groundswell Of Interest, Excitement Needed In Father Tolton’s Sainthood Cause
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 Dying to Self
 What is Depression?
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 Book Of The Month:
The Way of the Cross
 Author Of The Month:
Thomas Keating
NBCC Spotlight
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Upcoming Events
 Sankofa: Lenten Day Of Reflection
March 8, 2014
 Lenten Revival “Marching to Victory”
March 10-12, 2014
 “Walking with the Saints” - A Symposium of Black Catholics, Their Concerns and Journey to Sainthood
March 14-16, 2014
 7th Annual Youth & Young Adult Revival
March 16, 2014
 “Get Your Head In the Game” Young Adult Retreat
March 21-23, 2014
 Lenten Parrish Mission - Annual Lenten Church Revival
March 24-26, 2014
 “A Call to Duty” Youth Retreat
March 29, 2014
 Habari Gani #6
April 4-6, 2014
 Sight & Sounds Present “The Story of Moses”
April 9, 2014
 Unity Explosion - Region X 2014 - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
November 23, 2013
In The News
 Pope to engaged couples: After ‘I do,’ comes ‘may I, thank you, sorry’
 Planned Parenthood agrees to pay $2 million in fatal abortion procedure
 Atheist And Muslim Presidential Candidates Face The Most Bias
 Israelis look forward to Pope’s Holy Land visit, rabbi says
 Canon Law Society of America
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Life Style >>

The Three Movements in God's Word!The Three Movements in God's Word! - Catholics traditionally when feeling drama, hurt, or even distraught over events in their lives, will always seek God's word for understanding. Similar to the prophet Habakkuk, we ask God how long must we cry for help and you do not listen? Here our faith seeks understanding for how to calm our stormy lives. When seeking answers to our compelling issues in life, knowing the three moves of God's word that intertwines throughout our lives daily, can be inspiring as we wait on the Lord and be of good courage (Ps. 27:14).

Youth & Young Adults >>

Dying to SelfDying to Self - What does it look like to be crucified with Christ? What does it mean that "I no longer live?" How do I deny myself? I wanted answers. But it seemed no one had any. I wanted to know what it looked like to be completely surrendered to Christ and to die to self. But I didn't know anyone who could tell me what I needed to do to make that happen. Of course, we all can give examples of those people that sold everything they had and moved to Africa to serve the poor and destitute. But I wanted to know how to do that right here, while still having electricity and running water.

NBCC Spotlight >>

Faith STILL EngagedFaith STILL Engaged - If you participated in the XI National Black Catholic Congress in July 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana, I'm sure you will recall many memorable moments - the powerful homilies, great liturgical music, inspiring talks and workshops, the Servant of Christ award ceremony and many others. Included in those highlights would also be the approval of the National Pastoral Plan.

After much hard work and preparation, we went to Congress with a draft of a Pastoral Plan. That draft came from a National Survey on African American Catholics, Diocesan Days of Reflection and input from African American Catholic leaders throughout the county.

Employment Opportunity >>

Program Manager II - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is seeking a Catholic woman religious to serve as the full-time SCORE ECD Project Coordinator, based in CRS' global headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. The position is funded from February 1, 2014 through December 31, 2017.

Assistant Director of Campus Ministry - Participate in 7-member team ministry at a Catholic university founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Full time, 12-month position. Start date: Spring/Summer 2014.

NBCC News >>

Pope to engaged couples: After ‘I do,’ comes ‘may I, thank you, sorry’ - The secrets to a loving and lasting union, he said, include treating each other with respect, kindness and gratitude, and never letting daily struggles and squabbles sabotage making peace and saying, "I'm sorry. "The perfect family doesn't exist, nor is there a perfect husband or a perfect wife, and let's not talk about the perfect mother-in-law!" he said to laughter and applause.

Planned Parenthood agrees to pay $2 million in fatal abortion procedure - Tonya Reaves was a healthy 24-year-old African-American woman. Sixteen weeks pregnant, she had an abortion performed on July 20, 2012 at Chicago's Planned Parenthood clinic on South Michigan Avenue. There were complications - and Reaves died on the operating table. Planned Parenthood has now paid out $2 million to Reaves' family.

Atheist And Muslim Presidential Candidates Face The Most Bias - While ninety percent of Americans would vote for a black, a woman, Catholic, Hispanic, or Jewish presidential candidate, only 54 percent would vote for an atheist and only 58 percent would vote for a Muslim according to a Gallup poll.

Israelis look forward to Pope’s Holy Land visit, rabbi says - Pope Francis’ visit to Holy Land is scheduled for May 24-26. Fr. Hofmann outlined three paths of dialogue: the first is to develop the “theological dimension of dialogue,” because “Christian roots are Jewish, and because Christ was Jewish.” The second path is “collaboration for justice and charity, with a priority to the poor, the homeless, and sick and marginalized people.” The third path, he said, is a closer and more visible collaboration in education.

Canon Law Society of America - On November 12, 1939 in Washington, DC, a group of canonists established the Canon Law Society of America as a professional association dedicated to the promotion of both the study and application of canon law in the Catholic Church. In February of 1981, the Society incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the District of Columbia.

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Spirituality >>

Bishop Says Groundswell Of Interest, Excitement Needed In Father Tolton’s Sainthood Cause - Members of St. Augustine Parish in South Bend gathered Saturday, Feb. 1, for a presentation on the cause for canonization of Father Augustus Tolton, the first Catholic priest of African American descent in the U.S.

Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus resource - Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus is one of the oldest devotions in the Church. Our Blessed Mother adored the Most Precious Blood of her infant Son on the day of His circumcision as the first drops of His Precious Blood were shed amongst many tears for the salvation of our sinful humanity.

God Triumphed in the Person of Christ - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in his audience on Ash Wednesday of 2008 spoke of how the season of Lent is a time of spiritual retreat lasting 40 days which offers to the faithful the means to attain the true joy that comes from friendship with God. With that as a background, I would like to share with you some reflections on the liturgy of the Lenten season.

Health & Wellness >>

What is Depression?What is Depression? - Depression is a serious medical illness; it's not something that you have made up in your head. It's more than just feeling "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. It's feeling "down" and "low" and "hopeless" for weeks at a time. There are several forms of depressive disorders.

Book of the Month >>

The Way of the CrossThe Way of the Cross - Inspiring meditations on the Way of the Cross for everyone's life journey. Joan Chittister, one of the most popular religious writers today and a prophetic voice for many years in the American church, had never before written a book length treatment of the stations of the cross. When she heard that noted artist Janet McKenzie had painted the fifteen stations, she was eager to write the accompanying text.

Author of the Month >>

Thomas KeatingThomas Keating - founder of the centering prayer movement, is an author, teacher, and monk who has worked for many years to foster understanding among the world's religions. A member of the Cistercian Order in the Benedictine tradition, Father Keating has served at monasteries in Colorado and Massachusetts.

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