Use of NBCC Copyrighted Material
When using NBCC photos, videos, or staff-written articles, you acknowledge and agree that the NBCC is not responsible for any action taken or activity that occurs as a result of the information provided on this website. All proprietary items of the NBCC are subject to copyright, and may be used solely in a not-for-profit manner, and attribution must be made to the NBCC by including the following disclaimer: Used with permission of the NBCC– ® NBCC 2020.
Content Available through the website is provided as-is: You acknowledge that the NBCC does not make any representations or warranties about the material, data, and information, such as data files, text, computer software, code, music, audio files or other sounds, photographs, videos, or other images (collectively, the “Content”) which you may have access to. Under no circumstances is the NBCC liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to: any infringing Content, any errors or omissions in Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, transmitted, linked from, or otherwise accessible through or made available via the website. You agree that you are solely responsible for your reuse of Content made available through the website, including providing proper attribution.

Holy Family Cristo Rey High School seeks to recruit 2 engaged religion teachers for the next academic year. We offer a competitive salary and benefits.

1832 Center Way S/Birmingham, AL 35205
205.787.9937/www.hfcristorey.org

We Congratulate 
Fr. Fred Kaddu, SSJ
Age: 32

Originally from Uganda

Diaconate internship: St. Peter Claver and St. Pius V Catholic Church, Baltimore

Read article here.


Father Charles Green, who spent his life serving in the nation's capital, died last month facing complications from COVID-19. Those close to him say he was joyful and kind. He answered a call to the priesthood at 56 years old; and he showed patience and hope during suffering. Correspondent Mark Irons looks back on the life of Fr. Green.

Join in the Virtual Pentecost Retreat, Unleashing Fire. Click below for more information.

 We hold ourselves accountable to our baptismal commitment to witness and proclaim

the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

Did you miss Fr. Josh Johnson's Webinar?

Watch Now!

Prioritizing Prayer Especially

in Difficult Times


In this presentation, Father Josh will share practical tools for disciples of Christ to cultivate their personal relationship with Jesus. He will discuss timely topics such as strategies for parishes to remain connected, grow spiritually, and being the light of Christ in the community in view of COVID-19.

Beautiful full-color instruction pamphlets on how to pray the rosary.


Rosary Pamphlets

in bulk quantities
$12.50 - $50.00


Order by clicking here

CANCELLATION OF THE 2020 NATIONAL CONVENTION
As a result of the continuing COVID-19 public health crisis facing the Nation, the National Council Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 National Convention originally slated to be held at the Westin Chicago Lombard Hotel in Lombard, IL, a suburb of metropolitan Chicago.  This decision was not taken lightly, and the Board overwhelmingly concluded that cancelling the convention was the prudent course of action for the safety and wellbeing of the membership.

Abide Christian Meditation & Sleep

Paperback

$8.95

Hardcover

$9.95

Leatherette

$24.95

The Pope App

Finally, a Bible that fosters faith and cultural identity for Black Youth

Catch the new issue of the

Josephite

Harvest
for news, interviews & commentary.

Click on the image at right for a

downloadable pdf file.

CATHOLIC GUIDE TO
DEPRESSION

by Aaron Kheriaty


Countless Christians — including scores of saints — have suffered profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call “depression.” Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of soul.

Order here | $12.99+ S&H

from Target.com

High School Administrator Opening – Principal 

Archdiocese of Philadelphia 

West Catholic Preparatory High School 

4501 Chestnut Street 

Philadelphia, PA 19139 


Position Summary 

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education seeks a dynamic, innovative, visionary, team oriented, results-driven academic leader for Principal of West Catholic Preparatory High School (WCP). 

Domestic Violence Resources


The National Domestic Violence Hotline 
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
www.ndvh.org

National Dating Abuse Helpline 
1-866-331-9474
www.loveisrespect.org

​National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
1-800-537-2238
www.nrcdv.org and www.vawnet.org

Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
1-888-792-2873
www.futureswithoutviolence.org

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

The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. Click here to download the novena.

Economic impact payments: What you need to know

Updated with new information for seniors, retirees on April 1, 2020. Also see Treasury news release.
Check IRS.gov for the latest information: No action needed by most people at this time
IR-2020-61, March 30, 2020
WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. Read more...

Apple          Android
​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.

Apple          Android

Your gateway to the latest news and information on Pope Francis.

Here are some ideas that will help you remain socially
​connected, now and after the pandemic ends:

  • Start an on-line book club
    Sign up for a free Zoom account.
    Click 'Host a Meeting' in the top right menu bar.
    Select 'With Video On' to host a virtual meeting.
    Click the 'Invite+' icon on the bottom to email
         invitations to the meeting.
    For complete Zoom instructions, click here.​

  • 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.

Catholic Prayer: May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary

CATHOLICCULTURE.ORG

Prayer:
INVOCATIONS
Thou who wast a virgin before thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc. Thou who wast a virgin in thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc. Thou who wast a virgin after thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.

My Mother, deliver me from mortal sin. Hail Mary (three times). Read more...

Laudate

Africa before 

Transatlantic

Enslavement

The Transatlantic Slave trade not only distorted Africa’s economic development it also distorted views of the history and importance of the African continent itself. It is only in the last fifty years that it has been possible to redress this distortion and to begin to re-establish Africa’s rightful place in world history. Read more...

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
The CARES Act signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, gives states the option of extending unemployment compensation to independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits. Please contact your state’s unemployment insurance office 

by clicking

this link and

selecting your

state to learn

more about the

availability of

these benefits

where you live.

(The best time to

call is between 8:00 PM

and 3:00 AM).

NBCC Readers' Submissions

iCatholicRadio

Craving Human Interaction During 

this Time of Social Distancing?

Domestic Violence & Mental Health Connection

Webinar presentation

by Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley

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 

View more braille and audio titles here.

The Upper Room Hotline is

a faith based hotline in

the Catholic Tradition.
Call 1-888-808-8724

24 hrs a day – 7 days a week

DAILY READINGS

COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Resources

Calling on our beautiful forms of prayer during the COVID-19 pandemic
By Andrei St. Felix


Our prayer is not limited to time or space and cannot be stopped by a virus.
The COVID-19 pandemic calls us to embrace our prayer lives to develop an intimate relationship with God. The abrupt lifestyle changes remind us that we are on a journey to get closer to the heart of Jesus in our daily routines. Read more...

A Blessing In The Storm

He's dead, I'm not...Surviving COVID-19

Shoshana Taylor, a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Philadelphia, blogs about her journey, including a loss to COVID-19, that has strengthened her faith in God.

Apple

Find deep rest with our bedtime stories, as you listen to stories based off the Bible. Wake up with our daily meditations that will fuel your mind for the day ahead.

Help the NBCC keep helping others.

Your donation makes it possible for us to give to programs that
​benefit Black Catholics across the United States.

iBreviary HD

Join our mailing list:

XAVIER SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND

invites you to celebrate

Black History Month with exciting publications in braille and audio.

Children's​ Books:

Order Your Copies of

The African American

Praying the Rosary Pamphlets


Ordained to the Priesthood

on May 23, 2020 by Bishop John Ricard

at Saint Peter Claver and Saint Pius V

Catholic Church in Baltimore, MD

Click image below to watch video

Lourdes is a large town in the French Pyrenees. It is a global centre of Marian pilgrimage, receiving hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Catholics believe that the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared 18 times at the Grotto to a young girl, St Bernadette Soubirous. (From https://wikitravel.org/en/Lourdes)

Many Dioceses, parishes, and Catholics begin to feel the effects of remaining at home due to the coronavirus. Below is a list of USCCB resources for Mass, prayers, catechetical material, and reflections to help us all during this trying time. Please note, this list will be updated as more resources become available.

​Resources for Families, Parishes and Dioceses

Prayer Resources

Online Masses

Social Media Resources

Migration & Refugees Resources

Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Medical Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

From the Vatican:
Pope Francis's COVID Emergency Fund for the Pontifical Mission Societies. . .
Bulletin from the Migrants & Refugees Section of the Dicastery for 

Integral Human

Development


Download the
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe
Prayer Card
Click here to 
download

Other Books to Consider:

Apple          Android

Tune in and witness the treasures of the Catholic faith. Learn about Scripture and pray along with devotionals and

the Mass.

Employment Opportunities

Catholic Parishes Live Streaming Mass


Church of the Resurrection,

New Albany, Ohio

Holy Family Catholic Church, 
​Birmingham, Alabama

St. Columba Catholic Church,

Oakland, California

St. Joseph Parish Maysville,

Mobile, Alabama

St. Peter Claver Catholic Church,
Houston, Texas

St. Peter Claver Catholic Church,

Macon, Georgia

​Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church,

Wilmington, California

St. Ignatius of Loyola,

​Denver, Colorado

St. Joseph Catholic Church,

Largo, Maryland​

Portraits of the Black Catholic Holy Men and Women

on the Path to Sainthood

Download images by clicking on the portraits below

Over 11,000 Sold!

NBCC Spring Newsletter

Full copy available here.

IN THE NEWS

The National Black Catholic Congress®

May is Devoted to our Blessed Mother Mary

Apple          Android

​The most popular and most comprehensive free Catholic App.

Click on book cover to order

Featuring African-inspired illustrations and reference materials.

Who will vest you and why did you select him?
I will be vested by Father Josh Johnson, a priest of the diocese of Baton Rouge. I met Father Josh when he was a young seminarian and I was in high school at St. Augustine High School. At that time, there were not many young African-American men in seminary formation. Read more...

The Prayer of Jesus (The Unity Prayer)

May our feet journey together.
May our hands gather in unity.
May our hearts 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.

Month of Mary – May Devotions

CNA – Catholic News Agency


"God wills that all his gifts should come to us through Mary"   – (St. Bernard)

It was in Rome, towards the end of the eighteenth century, one fine evening in May. A child of the poor gathered his companions around him and led them to a statue of Mary, before which a lamp was burning, as is the custom in that holy city. There, these fresh young voices sang the Litany of our Lady. The next day, the little group, followed by other children, again gathered at the feet of the Mother of God. Next came their mothers, to join the little assembly. Read more...

Click to read daily devotions to Mary.

Our Lady of Kibeho
Apparition of Mary to the

people of Kibeho in Rwanda

Lessons from Lourdes: Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette
May Our Lady of Lourdes intercede for everybody who watches and shares this video. St. Bernadette, pray for us.

Do you feel called to support the good work of this ministry?
Visit https://www.patreon.com/gabiafterhours

Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020

Novena to the Holy Spirit
FOREWORD

Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund Archdiocese of New York Newsletter

Fall – Winter 2019

Click to view

Life of D.C. priest who served nation's capital | EWTN News Nightly

Apple          Android​

Carry your Faith in your pocket! The CatholicTV app is a portable ambassador of what is truly good, holy and honorable about the Catholic faith. Enjoy a wealth of CatholicTV programming.

Our Lady of Kibeho
Kibeho, Rwanda (1981-1989)
by John Carpenter

Kibeho is a small African village in the mountainous terrain of Rwanda.  This amazing and inspirational story would never have been known to any of us if it had not been for the miraculous survival during that country's horrible genocide of author Immaculee Illibagiza, who revealed the details of Blessed Mary's visits in her book, "Our Lady of Kibeho."  Read more...

Summary of In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart – The Journal of a Priest at Prayer by A Benedictine Monk

by Deacon Richard Conlin


In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart - The Journal of a Priest at Prayer by A Benedictine Monk, Angelico Press, 2016.

Adoration

[Jesus]: “Adoration is the wordless confession of My divinity. Adoration proclaims that I am all and that all else is nought” (40).

[Jesus]: “Faith in this mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist grows in proportion to the time one gives Me in adoration” (87).

Read more...

Meet transitional deacon Ajani Gibson

Age: 26
Home parish: St. Peter Claver
Diaconate internship:
St. Pius X Parish, New Orleans

IND: A Baltimore Landmark

By Amanee K. Cabbagestalk ‘11


On May 5th, it was announced that the Institute of Notre Dame (IND), the oldest all-girl’s Catholic school in Baltimore, would permanently close its doors this summer. IND was founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1847. For the past 173 years, it has stood firm in its original location in East Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun states, “IND’s first class graduated in July 1864, as cannon fire from the Civil War could be heard in the distance, according to the school’s history. During the Civil War, the sisters helped slaves reach freedom as part of the Underground Railroad. They tended to students and each other during the pandemic of 1918." Read more...

CatholicTV

The National Black Catholic Congress | 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201 | 410-547-8496
® 2020 The National Black Catholic Congress, All Rights Reserved

The Upper Room Crisis Hotline
Saving lives....giving help,

hope and prayer to

those in need

To order your copy call Saint Mary's Press at 1-800-533-8095

or order online at http://www.smp.org/

History of the Rosary


There are differing views on the history of the Rosary. The exact origin of the Rosary as a prayer is less than clear and subject to debate among scholars. The use of knotted prayer ropes in Christianity goes back to the Desert Fathers in the 3rd and early 4th centuries. Read more...

Resources for CatholicsMobile Apps

OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION 

222 North Seventeenth Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-1299 

Telephone: 215-587-3976 • Fax: 215-933-5235 

Read the latest newsletter from the Catholic Apostolate Center to find links to exciting and informative webinars. Click here or the image below.