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Pope Francis releases 2018 Lenten message: Full text
Pope Francis on Tuesday released his message for the 2018 liturgical season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, 14 February. The theme of this year’s message is: ‘Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold’ (Mt 24:12).
This is the full text of the Pope’s Lenten message:
2018 Lenten Message of His Holiness
“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord whole-heartedly and in every aspect of our life.
With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).
These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many. Full story...
HOUSTON — Julia Greeley was a
pioneer for Catholics. Black Catholics
cling to her story as a model of loving
kindness in the face of cruelty and
oppression that resonates with people
of all races, times and cultures. In
this National Black Catholic History
Month, Mary L. Leisring, director of
Update on Canonization Processes of
Four Black Catholic Holy Men & Women
Saturday, April 14th, 6:00pm
Dominican Spring Gala
Dominican House of Studies, 487 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017. Join us for food, entertainment, silent and live auctions, and compline. This event benefits the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. For more information go to: dhs.edu/gala
Saturday, April 21st, 10:00AM-3:30PM
Vocationist Spring Retreat
Open to 7th and 8th graders. Blessed Justin Vocationary,
90 Brooklake Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932.
For more information: 973-966-6262 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 27, 1:00pm-Sunday, April 29, 2018, 12:00pm
Annual Black Catholic Retreat
Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, 4801 N Hwy 67, Sedalia, CO 80135
$200.00 for the weekend, $75.00 for Saturday only. Fr. Manuel Williams, C.R., CFRE, Director. For information: www.sacredheartretreat.org
or email@example.com. For reservations call 303-688-4198 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome!
Saturday, April 28th, 7:00 PM
McVinney Welcomes PBS Star Ethan Bortnick in Concert
McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence, RI 02903
Sixteen year-old international music sensation, singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, actor, philanthropist and PBS star Ethan Bortnick, will be in concert at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, for just one night, Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m., with his newest special, Generations of Music. Tickets are available atwww.mcvinneyauditorium.com.
VENERABLE PIERRE TOUSSAINT: The late Cardinal Terence Cooke introduced Pierre's cause for canonization at the Vatican in 1968. In December 1989, the remains of Pierre Toussaint were transferred from Lower Manhattan to St. Patrick's Cathedral, where he is the only lay person buried. On December 17, 1997, Pope John Paul II declared Pierre Toussaint, Venerable, thus placing him firmly on the road to becoming North America's first black saint.
Source: https://obmny.org/venerable-pierre toussaint
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THE 2017 CONGRESS 12
PASTORAL PLAN OF ACTION
The Pastoral Plan of Action was developed by delegates who were appointed by bishops from every diocese in the United States. These women and men brought the concerns and needs of their local communities, and worked together to develop a list of pastoral priorities. These priorities led to a Preamble, which was presented and affirmed by the Assembly at the close of Congress XII. It was the intention of the delegates that every individual, parish, community, and diocese use the Preamble to guide their unique pastoral planning with Black Catholics for the next five years.
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Baltimore's St. Francis Xavier celebrates ties to Catholic church
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the Office of Black Catholic Ministry in the Archdiocese of Denver, gives a thoughtful reflection on the life of simplicity lived by Julia Greeley, whose kindness has inspired the start of her cause for canonization. Greeley was born into slavery in Hannibal, Missouri on a date still to be determined, sometime between 1833 and 1848. Full story...
Your Guide To
A Catholic Lent
Everything you need for a more spiritual Lent
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What is Lent?
Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The name "Lent" is from the Middle English Lenten and Anglo-Saxon Lenten, meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the "forty days," tessaracoste in Greek. The number "forty" is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus' fast in the desert before His public ministry (with Old Testament precedent in Moses and Elijah). By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to six days' fast per week of six weeks (Sundays were excluded); in the seventh century the days from Ash Wednesday through the First Sunday were added to make the number forty.
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VENERABLE HENRIETTE DELILLE: The Canonization process is comprised of four phases: Servant of God, Venerable, Blessed and Saint. As of this time, one alleged miracle attributed to Henriette is being tried in a Catholic Tribunal, and the decree of judicial validity was issued in the investigation of her life, virtues, and reputation of sanctity. Henriette was bestowed with the title of Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
Archbishop Lori pens pastoral letter on Martin Luther King Jr., nonviolence
FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Deacon Willard Witherspoon, front, Archbishop William E. Lori, Bishop Denis J. Madden and community activist Ray Parker, lead the Prayer Walk for Peace along N. Carey St., in West Baltimore Sept. 9, 2016. In his new pastoral letter, Archbishop Lori encourages greater awareness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s principles of nonviolence. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)
The upcoming 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prompted Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori to write a pastoral letter on the civil rights leader’s principles of nonviolence.
The new document comes almost three years after riots shook the City of Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray Jr. from injuries sustained while in police custody. It also follows on the archbishop's call in a New Year's service and in columns and other discussions encouraging people to "change the narrative" about Baltimore.
Read the pastoral letter here.
Children of the Night
Sex trafficking is Maryland’s dirty open secret.
By Ron Cassie - March 2017
It was not the first time “Wendy” had run away and not come home. The quiet 15-year-old from Prince William County, Virginia, chafed under the strict control of her single mom. She had lived previously in Maryland and had friends in Washington, D.C., who would help her get by for short periods.
Melvin Douglas approached her as a friend, too—a potential boyfriend even. She’d met him twice before, briefly, a few weeks earlier on the streets of D.C. The third time that the 31-year-old Douglas spotted her, they talked more. He offered to buy her a meal and a place to stay. He paid to get her nails and hair done, made her feel special, and told her that he cared about her.
Ten months later, in early 2012, Wendy’s photograph popped up on Cpl. Chris Heid’s computer. She was still missing. Heid had just begun working with the Maryland State Police’s Child Recovery Unit. “She looked like any schoolgirl,” he says of the image of Wendy distributed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He asked the Prince William Police Department if they minded if he looked into the case.
Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery
NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC HISTORY MONTH
Honoring Julia Greeley: A voice of charity, love, faith during 1800s, 1900s
BY BRIDGET HARDY
Texas Catholic Herald
News about the second webinar in the NBCC 2018 Webinar Series.
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Signs of Human Trafficking:
The person in question:
To request help or report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Or text HELP to: BeFree (233733).
SERVANT OF GOD MARY LANGE: Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore opened a formal investigation into Mother Lange's life and works of charity in 1991, and the cause of her sainthood was approved in 2004. If the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints approves the positio being written, Mother Lange, currently considered a “Servant of God,” would be given the title “Venerable.” A confirmed miracle attributed to her would then be necessary for her beatification, and a second miracle for her canonization.
4th National Black Catholic Women's Gathering:
Grace-Filled Black Catholic Women: Standing on the Promise
The Equal Justice Initiative will open America’s first national memorial dedicated to victims of racial terror lynching and a new museum dedicated to slavery and its legacy on April 26, 2018, in Montgomery, Alabama.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice will acknowledge an era of racial terror in the United States when thousands of African Americans were lynched and publicly tortured, sometimes in the presence of thousands of people. Designed with hundreds of six-foot, corten steel monuments aligned in a structure that sits above the city of Montgomery, EJI’s memorial will feature new sculptures from African and African American artists that explore slavery, segregation, and contemporary issues of racial inequality. The spacious park holding the memorial will include a monument for every county in America where a racial terror lynching took place that can be claimed by community groups and installed locally. Full story...
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Digging through the girl’s old social media accounts, Heid came across a phone number on Facebook. It had been out-of-service for months, but running that number through Google he saw that it was associated with an outdated ad under “escorts” on Backpage.com—the Craigslist-like website of choice in the sex trade. Reaching out to administrators at Backpage (a notorious operation that has collaborated with police, at least in part, to protect itself from allegations of abetting prostitution and trafficking), Heid learned that the purchaser of that seven-month-old ad
—who wasn’t Wendy—was linked to another, more recent Backpage
ad, which was advertising a girl-for-hire in College Park. Full story...
SERVANT OF GOD FR. AUGUSTUS TOLTON: In 2015, the Cause for Canonization of Fr. Augustus Tolton, begun in 2010, received affirmation of the juridicial validity of the Archdiocesan inquiry into his life and virtues by the Congregation for Causes of Saints, and Fr. Tolton received the distinction of Servant of God.
PHOTOS BY ANYA SEMENOFF/DENVER CATHOLIC
Denver Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez presides over the Transfer of the Remains Ceremony for Servant of God Julia Greeley at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on June 7 in Denver.