When we have once placed ourselves entirely in the hands of God, we need apprehend no evil; if adversity comes, He knows how to turn it to our advantage, by means which will in time be manifested to us.

St. Vincent de Paul

The Responsibility of Catholic Schools and Churches to Talk about Racism

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WEEK 3: JULY 13 - JULY 17, 2020
The Elders Retreat.
Age 55+

Chaplain Thelma Lucas, Th.M. (M-F, 9:00-
11:45AM, 2:00-4:00PM – Limited Registration)
Race and the Catholic Imagination

Carey Dabney, Ph.D. Cand. (M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
Going PPLACESS with Catechesis
Sharon Winchester (M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
The African Diaspora: Finding a Way Beyond

“Us and Them”

Rev. Kwame Assenyoh, Ph.D. Cand.

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The Arts and Christian Ministry

Louise Mouton Johnson, MFA (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)

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WEEK 1: JUNE 29 - JULY 3, 2020
Building Multicultural Competency in Ministry

Donna Grimes and Fr. Gerard Marable, Th.M.

(M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
A Theology of ‘Black Lives Matter’ – Initiating the Conversation
Diana Hayes, PhD, Brian Turner, PhD, Manuel
Williams, CR, Th.M., Heather Malveaux, MPH.

(M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
African American Spirituality
Carey Dabney, Ph.D. Cand. (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)
The Catholic Church: Forging a Path to Racial Justice
Megan Black, M.Div. (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)
Preaching from the Pews 

Fr. Manuel Williams, CR, Th.M.

(M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)

Announcing that Fr. Jim Blount has a weekly radio program on Quest!

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all the nations. Give them the fore sight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future our breaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are at home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Lord Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare, In place of our anxiety, give us your peace, Lord Jesus Christ, heal us.

Thriving Congregations Initiative

Please note that the deadline to submit an interest form with letter of intent has been extended to May 1, 2020.

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The messages given to Elizabeth Kindelmann are urgent and emphasize the “same” message as most of the other approved ones from Akita, Betania and elsewhere.  The Lord states:  “The Grace from the Flame of Love of My Mother’s Immaculate Heart will be to your generation what Noah’s Ark was to Noah.”  

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Portraits of the Black Catholic Holy Men and Women

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The 30th anniversary of Servant of God Sr Thea Bowman, FSPA's passing from death to life

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom should I fear?
The Lord is my life’s refuge;
    of whom should I be afraid?

     - Psalm 27:1

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Flame of Love Prayers
There are four prayers that are essential to the Flame of Love Movement:
Prayer #1: Make the Sign of the Cross Five Times

Jesus told Elizabeth, “A great battle awaits you, but you will conquer in the sign of the cross. When you make the cross, think of the three Divine Persons. Make the sign of the cross five times, while thinking of my Five Wounds. Always look at my eyes bathed in blood. Tell everyone all that I tell you. (P.17)

Our Prayer Cenacles of Reparation begin and end by making the sign of the Cross 5 times with meditation on the 5 Wounds as Jesus requested.  Read more...

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  • Pray the rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet
    by phone at a predetermined time every day.

  • Have a Netflix Party and screen one of the
    Gospel Stories (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).
    As everyone watches the movie, they can post
    and reply to each other's comments.

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Thomas B. Smyth, MD

Cardinal Seán begins his Lenten Retreat this evening. Tonight’s theme is “Prayer.” Below are some suggestions related to tonight’s theme. We are looking forward to journeying with you this week through this virtual retreat. Also, we have created a YouTube channel through which we will be pushing video content, including the virtual retreat. Please consider subscribing. 

Join Cardinal O’Malley starting tonight for a Lenten Retreat! Please join us in praying for him and all those who will be attending the retreat.
Learn more about prayer and discernment through this podcast: Discerning Hearts
Pray with and for someone over the phone, Facebook Live, Zoom, Facetime, Google Hangouts or any other digital communication tool.
Invite someone else to learn how to pray: The Prayer Process 

Prayer Resources:

Several Catholic organizations are waiving their fees during this time to allow everyone access to their spiritually-comforting materials. 

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Lectio Divina for Holy Week
We begin our prayer:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, who willed your Son to submit for our sake to the yoke of the Cross, so that you might drive from us the power of the enemy, grant us, your servants, to attain the grace of the resurrection.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

(Collect, Wednesday of Holy Week)

Reading (Lectio)
Read the following Scripture two or three times.
Matthew 21:1-11

When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them here to me. And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, ‘The master has need of them.’ Then he will send them at once.” This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

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Fundraising is a call to conversion. Fundraising is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that offers other people an opportunity to participate with us in our vision and mission. The Leadership Gifts Officer is responsible to identify, qualify, cultivate, ask and steward a portfolio of current and future benefactors who are capable of a major gift as defined by the University. The Leadership Gifts Officer works collaboratively with colleagues and represents all of the University's programs while working with alumni, parents, friends, staff and faculty.

Unity Explosion-Region X 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of health and safety, the Region X conference planning team, prayerfully and deliberately, made the decision to cancel the Unity Explosion-Region X 2020 Conference scheduled for July 15-19, 2020, in Beaumont, Texas. 

For additional information, please refer to the Unity Explosion website: www.unityexplosion-regionx.com 

A Service of:

Say to daughter Zion,
“Behold, your king comes to you, meek and riding on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”

     The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them. They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them, and he sat upon them. The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.”
     And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Meditation (Meditatio)
After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions:
What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
What in this passage comforted you?
What in this passage challenged you?

If practicing lectio divina as a family or in a group, after the reflection time, invite the participants to share their responses. 


USCCB Pastoral Letter on Racism was approved on November 14, 2018. The full text of the letter can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the right.  For resources for parishes and schools published by the USCCB to accompany the Pastoral Letter, click here.

C&E Programs provide lifelong learning and formation for laypersons and pastoral ministers. Offered in 1-week modules, C&E courses give students time and community to explore new ministry interests; update skills; or reflect on the realities of Christian discipleship in the 21st century. The C&E Programs offer unique opportunities for individuals to grow in faith and understanding of Black Catholicism’s impact on their ministry, community and the Church at-large.

Fr. Oscar Pratt

St. Katharine Drexel in Dorchester, MA

A panel of nationally recognized leaders will discuss how to create and foster constructive conversations about race and prejudice in Catholic schools, churches, homes and communities.  In a time of heated secular politics, tragic current events and a backdrop of historical prejudice, the panel will share practical insights drawing from the best of  the Catholic Social Thought tradition.  This conversation aims to build capacity among Catholic school and pastoral leaders to lead conversations about racism and other biases.  Participants are invited to ask questions.  We look forward to a very active conversation.

Register to view the 1 hour 15 minute webinar by clicking here.

USCCBClips Podcast: Episode 20 - Open Wide Our Hearts- The Pastoral Letter Against Racism, With Danielle Brown, listen by clicking here.

In a Word

Monthly publication for and about African American Catholics

My Adorable Jesus,

May our feet journey together.

May our hands gather in unity.

May our hands beat in unison.

May our souls be in harmony.

May our thoughts be as one.

May our ears listen to the silence together.

May our glances profoundly penetrate each other.

May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.




What if I cannot go to confession right now because of the pandemic?

Pope Francis addressed this issue in his remarks on March 20, 2020 “But many people today would tell me, ‘Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can’t leave the house? And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him to embrace me, I want the Father’s embrace.'” The pope said his response would be, “Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says. It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth. Read more...

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Fr. Jim Blount, SOLT
An internationally known exorcist priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), Fr. James Blount is a very gifted spiritual director, preacher, and confessor who is empowered with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He lives his life in relationship with each  the Persons of the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He has a deep love for the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Braille Titles:
The History of Black Catholics in the United States by Cyprian Davis
Daniel Rudd: Calling a Church to Justice by Gary B. Agee 
Augustus Tolton: The Church is the True Liberator by Joyce Duriga 
No Cross, No Crown: Black Nuns in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans by Sister Mary Bernard Deggs 
The Lillies of the Field by William E. Barrett 

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Pope Francis' prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick for her protection during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
By Devin Watkins

April 3 at 3:30 PM– Choral Meditations and Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper 

April 5 at 5:00 PM - Solemn Mass of Palm Sunday with

Pope Francis 

April 9 at 6:00 PM – Chrism Mass with Pope Francis 

April 10 at 9:00 AM – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 

April 10 at 5:00 PM - Way of the Cross 

April 11 at 12:30 PM – Easter Vigil Mass 

April 11 at 6:00 PM – Easter Vigil Mass 

April 12 at 5:00 PM – Solemn Mass of Easter Sunday 


WEEK 2: JULY 6 - JULY 10, 2020
A Theology of ‘Black Lives Matter (BLM)’ Continued

Diana Hayes, Ph.D., Brian Turner, Ph.D., Manuel Williams, CR, Th.M., Heather Malveaux, MPH.

(M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
Steppin’ in the Name of Love: Journeying with African American Youth
Valerie Shields (M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
Resistance and the Scriptures

Debra Brittenum (M-F, 1:45-4:45pm)
Liturgy for Lay Ministers

Rawn Harbor, M.T.S. (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)
The Mission of Discipleship—Lay Leaders in the 21st Century

Carey Dabney, Ph.D. Cand. (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)

Most Reverend William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, issued a statement for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The full text can be downloaded by clicking the image to the left.

The NBCC prays that you and your family stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented and stressful COVID-19 pandemic.

Delays & Cancellations Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command; the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the Coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fears, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that know no borders.

Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus, May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

The National Black Catholic Congress

Location: Washington, D.C. or remotely

Description: The Communications Director oversees, manages and facilitates the internal and external communications strategies of Pax Christi USA, fostering individual and organizational relationships in service to the mission of Pax Christi USA.

Please send your resume, cover letter and three professional references by email to jzokovitch@paxchristiusa.org. Subject line should read: Communications Director Application. No phone calls or hard copies.

A Message from the Director of the Lyke Conference

Because of the impact of Covid-19 and the directives from elected officials, the Lyke Conference scheduled for June 16-20, 2020 has been cancelled. Reimbursements for those who have registered for the 2020 Conference will be processed within the next two weeks.  If you would like us to apply your registration for the 2021 Conference, please email rcheri218@gmail.com as soon as possible.


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Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States

The Cara Report created for the USCCB contains statistical information about the different minorities in the Catholic Church.

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iBreviary "Pro Terra Sancta" is the application that brings the traditional Catholic prayer of the Breviary and all the texts of the Liturgy on your iPhone and iPad.

National Center for Victims of Crime 

National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project 
Call: 1-888-373-7888 | Text: HELP to BeFree (233733)

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
www.nrcdv.org and www.vawnet.org

Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
1-312-726-7020 ext. 2011


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to our baptismal commitment to

witness and proclaim the

Good News of Jesus Christ. 

Rev. Maurice Nutt, C.Ss.R. reflects on the live, ministry and zeal of Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA.


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The Stations of the Cross with Bishop Barron

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS.