Congress XII in Orlando, Florida

July 6-9, 2017 - We'll see you there!

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Born in segregation, St. Joseph's now a beacon for all

​TROY MOON | November 28, 2016


conjunction with the national holiday honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, please contact Gwen Summers at (717) 236-4310 or gsummers@hbgdiocese.org.

01/16
Martin Luther King Day ON/Not Off of Service
This annual day of volunteering in our community begins with a prayer service at Jesuit High School in New Orleans. Supervised volunteer groups will be assigned to community projects throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans. To register as an individual, family, or group and for more information contact the Office of Black Catholic Ministries, (504) 861-6207, or download the forms at http://obcm.arch-no.org.

February 2017

02/05

National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family
Stand for What You Believe In
Worship together at the Eucharistic Table and pray as a family on the National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family. Celebrate a meal together and tell your family story. For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/2gW90qX

March 2017

03/31

Save the Date!
New Freedom Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala

Bring your family, friends, club, church, neighborhood and experience professional quality performances at New Freedom Theatre. RSVP at 267.770.2488.



HEALTH

Taking A Closer Look At Black Mental Health
By Dr. Patricia Maryland | NNPA News Good physical and mental health help drive success and enjoyment in our lives.
But when it comes to overcoming some of our society’s biggest health challenges – from HIV/AIDS to cancer to diabetes to behavioral health issues – the African-American community unfortunately shoulders a disproportionate share...

SPIRITUALITY

I, Too, Sing America

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

By The New York Times

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on Sept. 24 in Washington after a long journey. Thirteen years since Congress and President George W. Bush authorized its construction, the 400,000-square-foot building stands on a five-acre site on the National Mall, close to the...

ELDER CARE 

​How Do Race, Age Affect Attitudes Toward Senior Living?

By Nick DiUlio |  Caring.com

There’s no doubt that American perceptions of senior living communities have changed and evolved in significant ways. The stereotype of drab, impersonal nursing homes are fading into the distance as more and more seniors embrace the vibrancy of 21st Century senior living communities. But that change is slow...

HUMAN DIGNITY 
Catholic Cardinal: Number of Black Babies Aborted in U.S. 'Starts Looking Like a Genocide'

By Michael W. Chapman CNSNews.com
Looking at the percentage of black babies killed by abortion in the United States each year, which is nearly 37%, in proportion to the overall black population of the United States, which is 13%, Catholic Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier...

VOCATIONS

Catholic America 'Shunned' Black Women Religious for Too Long

By Katherine Backler

Resolving the racism in the Church’s history and present will take “more than singing ‘Kumbaya’ and celebrating Black History Month”, one sister told assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious this week...


St Joseph Church Celebrates 125 Years  |  Troy Moon/tmoon@pnj.com


That old cliche about Sunday being the most segregated day of the week in the United States definitely doesn't apply at historic St. Joseph Catholic Church in downtown Pensacola. At least it doesn't apply any longer. Look around the pews at the 11 a.m. Sunday service and you'll see a diverse congregation that is about 60 percent black and 40 percent white. There's no self-segregation — blacks sitting together; whites sitting together.

"The cliche doesn't  apply here,'' said Ronald Townsend, 83, a lifelong  parish member of St. Joseph's Church, which was opened in 1891 by the Sisters of Mercy to serve Pensacola's black population. At that time, blacks were largely excluded... Read more...

Save the Date:

education

Cristo Rey Schools Bring Promise of Catholic Education to Those Who Can’t Afford It
By Peter Jesserer Smith | NC Register

-- Catholic education is seeing a revival in urban communities, thanks to a Jesuit-inspired model founded on an alliance between the Catholic Church and corporate America.


TAMPA, Fla. — Dominick and Michelle Alesandrini dreamt of sending their son Joseph to a Catholic high school...

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SOCIAL JUSTICE

How the Catholic Church needs to fight racism
By Matt Hadro | CNA/EWTN News

If it hopes to bring peace to racial tensions in the U.S., the Catholic Church must be more present in troubled communities and unite with other faiths in doing so, bishops insisted.  “Not every neighborhood and every urban environment is filled with violence,” Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta...

Calendar of Events

December 2016​​

12/4
Diocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir Christmas Concert

Office of Black Catholic Ministries presents the Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 4, 2016
at 3:00 pm. Corpus Christi Epiphany Church, 2022 St. Bernard Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. Admission free !!! 

12/18

Mass Opening the Official Cause for Julia Greeley

Sunday, December 18 at 8:30 a.m.at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Please plan to attend and invite others to witness this historic Mass. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila will be the celebrant.
For a copy of The Little Red Wagon, a publication of the Julia Greeley Guild, click here.

January 2017
1/14-15
Women’s Conference 2017
​St. Raymond and St. Leo the Great will be hosting “Women’s Conference 2017” at the Corpus-Christi/Epiphany Community Resource Center. The theme is “If God is for us, who can be against us.” Go to: http://www.straymondandstleo.org/?lightbox=dataItem-iqhagrcg for more information.

01/15
Mass in Celebration of  African  American and  African Catholic Faith and Culture
Join us at 12:15 pm at St. Patrick Cathedral, 212 State St., Harrisburg, PA 17101. Bishop Ronald W. Gainer will be the Principal Celebrant and Homilist for a Mass celebrating African American Faith and Culture.  The Diocesan Black Catholic Committee has planned a dynamic liturgy featuring the choir from Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Baltimore, Maryland. All are invited to join us as we celebrate in 

Family

Disney Made a Film about a Ugandan Christian Female Chess Champion
By Kenneth R. Morefield ChristianityToday.com -- If anyone might be forgiven for thinking God had abandoned her, it would be Phiona Mutesi.

Born into one of the poorest areas of Uganda and raised by a single mother whose husband died of AIDS,..