The National Black Catholic Congress

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​to our baptismal commitment to
witness and proclaim the
Good News of Jesus Christ.

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The heart of Jesus was a human heart like ours. It stopped beating the day Jesus was crucified. According to the Gospel of John, after Jesus had died a soldier made sure of his death by piercing his side with a lance. Blood and water ran out (19:34). Jesus’ pierced heart became a sign of the completeness of his love for us, a love that compelled him to die for us and that prompted him to remain with us in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. The physical heart of Jesus is the symbol of the total love of Jesus, divine and human.  ​From

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Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of...... (here name your request)
Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. 

II. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of.......(here name your request) 
Our Father...Hail Mary....Glory Be To the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. 

III. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of.....(here name your request) 
​Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours. 
Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us. 

-- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


Epilepsy still a mystery illness of unknown causes

     Epilepsy, and its widespread status throughout America, was the topic of discussion by the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee at Monday’s gathering of the Bradley County Interagency Council.
     Describing epilepsy as having a “storm in the brain,” Epilepsy Foundation Education Coordinator Angela Mininger explained to the council just how widespread epilepsy is.

     “One in 100 people in America have epilepsy,” Mininger said. “One in 50 children have it and one in 26 people will develop it.”
     These statistics translate to 2.2 million Americans with epilepsy, and over 150,000 new cases being diagnosed in the country each year.  Read more...

August 2019
August 2nd through August 7th
104th Annual National


In Atlanta at the Sheraton Atlanta

Hotel. The annual meeting of the

organization will bring over 1000 Catholic

family members from around the country to

Atlanta. In addition to business sessions, several activities are planned including community service projects, the KPC Golf Classic at Southland Golf Course, Gospel Extravaganza, and the Founders Gala. The opening Mass will be celebrated at the Sheraton on Sunday, August 4th at 2:00 P.M. and is open to public. A public forum is scheduled for Sunday, August 4th from 6 - 8:00 P.M. at the Sheraton; the forum will address the organization’s five key social justice issues which includes Racism, Black Lives Matter, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and the Criminal Justice System.  The convention’s opening session will be on Monday, August 5th at 9:00 A.M. at the Sheraton; local civic officials have been invited to attend the opening session.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

Hospice volunteers have been a part of how we've cared for our community for over 30 years.

We have many Volunteer Opportunities available:

Direct Patient Support

  • Provide friendly, supportive visits, sharing interests, reading, active listening, hand-holding, bedside sitting & meal assistance
  • Provide respite care, companionship to a patient while family member runs errands, etc.
  • ​Assist with errands and homemaking tasks

After months of searching for a home that furthers the mission to restore dignity to those most affected by mass incarceration, Joseph House found a site in a wonderful location to make this dream come true.

Only a few short weeks after closing on their new home, the first resident checked out his new digs and enjoyed a meal in his new home with old and new friends alike. Joe Sullivan, a client of EJI, will move into Joseph House once it’s furnished. As a home is prepared for Joe and future guests, a house warming registry has been created for those interested in contributing items for Joseph House. ​Through your help Joseph House is able to provide support services to accompany those most affected by mass incarceration.

Now Available:

Pastoral Plans of Action from Past Congresses

These instruments, issued shortly after each Congress, provide action steps for addressing the topics of concern presented during the Congress events.​ To download copies of the different Pastoral Plans, click button below. 

Domestic Violence and Mental Health Resources

Racism and Racial Justice Resources for Catholics

Employment Opportunities

Bereavement Support

  • Memorial Service
  • Funeral Home visitation
  • Grief companion
  • Grief support groups

Administrative Support

  • Mailings and other clerical tasks
  • Sewing, crafts or other special projects
  • Hospice Foundation donation processing

​Training and Ongoing Support Provided

Contact Us Today: Volunteer Department


Ascension is hiring!

We are a company built around the call to help people enrich their lives through the fullness of the Catholic Faith. We’re passionate, mission-driven professionals and we’re looking for talented people to join our team. 

Our four current openings:
General Manager  /  Marketing Manager  /  Product Manager  /  Accounts Payable Clerk

Fr. Augustus Tolton, former African American slave, advances toward sainthood
By Courtney Grogan

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2019 / 05:03 am (CNA).- Fr. Augustus Tolton advanced along the path to sainthood Wednesday, making the runaway slave-turned-priest one step closer to being the first black American saint.

Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of Fr. Tolton June 12 making him “venerable” within the Church, only two steps away from canonization. With the decree, Catholics are now authorized to pray directly to Tolton as an intercessor before God.

Pax Christi USA, a national Catholic movement for peace with justice, is seeking a Washington, D.C.-based Executive Director to coordinate and grow the grassroots movement. The Director will provide leadership to advance the profile and impact of this movement that continuously strives to be anti-racist and diverse. 

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From a Black Catholic perspective and

experience, the cultivation of a positive parish environment happens when our unique cultural experiences are widely celebrated as essential to realization of the universality of the Body of Christ.

André Reigner uses his decades of evangelization experience to describe a solid but flexible approach to sharing the Gospel. Learn how to bring Christ to others with charity, simplicity, and no compromises to the truth.

11 Surprising Ways to Keep Mosquitos Far, Far Away 
by Korin Miller, Markham Heid

It’s backyard barbecue season-but you’re not the only one planning a feast. The mosquitos are out and ready to chow down. But before you fill another shopping bag with citronella candles, it’s important to understand your adversary.

When a mosquito lands on your skin, it will feed on your blood-but once it leaves, the proteins in its saliva stay behind. Your immune system sees this is a threat and pumps out histamine (the same response it has to allergens) to attack these proteins. Read more...


New Testament

Immerse: Messiah is the first of six volumes in Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience. Messiah takes the reader on a unique journey through every book of the New Testament. Each section of Messiah begins with one of the Gospels, and together they combine to provide a life-changing reading experience centered on Jesus. This fresh arrangement of the books highlights the depth of the New Testament’s fourfold witness to Jesus the Messiah. The Son of God, who fulfills all the longings and promises of the collected Scriptures, can be experienced in Messiah through the rich variety of lenses provided by the books of the new covenant. 

Calendar of Events​​

National Center for Victims of Crime 

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

June 14th, 5:30PM - 8:30 PM

Two Priests and A Professor

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Octagon Theatre 

1 Festival Dr, Montgomery, AL
Resurrection Catholic Missions

presents Two Priests and A
Professor: A Discussion on Racism
and the Catholic Church
Rev. Bryan Massingale, STD;
Rev. Maurice Nutt, CsSR, D.Min.; Ernest L. Gibson, III, Ph.D.
The Honorable Vanzetta Penn McPherson, J.D., Moderator
Reception and book signings at 5:30 PM followed by the discussion
Please reserve your seat at or call 334-263-4221


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.

Director of Development
Full-Time | Development Team | Cincinnati, Ohio

Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the President, the Director of Development will design and execute on a comprehensive development strategy for Dynamic Catholic. The Director of Development will lead and execute on both our $100MM campaign for Dynamic Parish and the foundational Ambassador’s Club, as well as on ongoing fundraising efforts. He/she will also lead and grow the ten person development team.

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 Sacred Heart

“Proximity has taught me some basic and humbling truths, including this vital lesson: Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” 

Bryan Stevenson

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.

Click image below to download.

"Give the Greatest Gift of All,

A Little of Your Time"

Urine Containers
Stool Containers
Cotton wool
Test tube Stand
Dispensable (Red, Black, Yellow and Sharp Box)
Oil immersion
Methylated Spirit
Glucose Machine (automatic)
Crape binder
Surgical blades


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See Heaven and Earth Collide
We might understand, on an intellectual level, why the Mass is so important. But do we really know what worship itself is—or why we need it in our lives?

The Mass: An Introduction video series is a perfect way to learn why the Eucharistic celebration is the center of Catholic life. Click below to watch the trailer now!

To learn more about these openings, click here.
Feel free to pass this email on to anyone who might be interested!

June 2019

June 12th, 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Seminar on Family Geneology Research

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 711 N Columbus St, Alexandria, VA 22314

featuring Char McCargo Bah, CEO/Owner of Finding Things for U, LLC.
Ms. Bah has been a genealogist since 1981, and has appeared in numerous television interviews, documentaries, and has received numerous awards for her work in genealogy. 
If you have any question concerning the location, contact the Church Administrator: Beverly at 703-836-3725. Any questions about the class, contact me at or

Help the Missions in Tanzania

Dear Friends,
       I write today with great excitement as I prepare for another missionary journey.  On July 3, 2019, I will depart for Tanzania to work with the Capuchin Friars.  The goal, as always, is to carry requested supplies with us on the plane.  In the past, you have assisted with the mission efforts across the Continent by donating much needed items for schools, parishes and health care centers in villages and towns. This year, we will also visit the Center for Disabled Children in Dodoma, Tanzania. 
       Thank you so much for your past generosity and faithfulness in praying for the success of our work.  All of your donations of items and financial support have meant a great deal to the communities that we serve.  Please see that I have enclosed the list of needed supplies that the Capuchin Friars are requesting.  Whatever you can do to assist will lovingly be distributed during the July visit to Dar Es Salaam, Upanga, Maua, Arusha and Dodoma, Tanzania.
       I can arrange pick-up/drop-off zones in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Maryland for all donations.  As always, I am available via email at or cell @401-257-9696. Please accept my warm wishes for a wonderful Holy Week and grace-filled Easter Season!

Thanking You in Advance In His Peace,
Dr. Camille Brown, Associate Director of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Baltimore

Medical items including the following if available. 
Malaria Test Kits (MRDT)
Glucose deep Sticks (Urine)
Glucose Kits
Microscope (XIOO H.P)
Cover Slip
Test tube

Understanding Our Faith

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The National Domestic Violence Hotline 
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

National Dating Abuse Helpline 

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center 
International Toll-Free (24/7) 
1-866-USWOMEN (879-6636)

National Child Abuse Hotline/Childhelp 
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

​National Sexual Assault Hotline 
1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Gilmour is seeking a collaborative and innovative Religion teacher
for the 2019-2020 school year. Respectful, inclusive faith development is integral to how Gilmour teaches the whole child.  We seek an experienced educator, with Upper school classroom experience, who embodies Gilmour’s mission and vision. Responsibilities include teaching students in grades 9-12 and collaborating with members of the department to plan and facilitate grade level retreats. The successful candidate connects with students, families, and colleagues across disciplines and divisions, is committed to implementing the diocesan curriculum as guided by our Holy Cross identity, demonstrates the capacity to grow professionally, and will be equipped to stretch all students on their individual faith journeys.   Candidates should be eager to support co-curricular initiatives, facilitate learning beyond the classroom, and participate enthusiastically in the life of the school. 

Dust Bins
Dressing forceps container 

Religious items and articles: Including bible, catechism, crosses of St. Francis of Assis and others, rosaries, religious books, etc…
Any other available items which will be helpful

Position Announcement:

Executive Director


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Grow in Discipleship
The CCO Faith Study series presents a clear path to the heart of Christ. The leader guides are especially useful for those who want to learn how to bring others back to Jesus.

Interested applicants should use this link for more information. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2019.

Executive Director – Job Description
Pax Christi USA (PCUSA) is a membership organization grounded in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching that rejects war, preparation for war, every form of violence and domination, and personal and systemic racism. A section of Pax Christi International, we are a Catholic peace and justice movement that seeks to model the Peace of Christ in our witness to the mandate of the nonviolence of the Cross.

PCUSA’s work is guided by its four initiatives: Spirituality of Nonviolence and Peacemaking; Disarmament, Demilitarization and Reconciliation with Justice; Economic and Interracial Justice in the United States; Human Rights and Global Restoration.

PCUSA is seeking an Executive Director to coordinate and grow the national Catholic movement for peace with justice by providing strategic leadership, ensuring the organization has sufficient resources, managing the National Office, collaborating with grassroots members nationwide, and furthering relationships Pax Christi International and with other social justice partners. The ideal candidate would understand the intersectional relationship between the four initiatives and be able to represent them publicly in a unified way.

“What Would Jesus Want Me to Do?” Cultivating a Positive Parish from a Black Catholic Perspective

Mr. Ashley Morris, Th.M., Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Other Positions Available:

Dynamic Parish Consultant  | Cincinnati, Ohio
Ecommerce Manager  |  Leadership Team  |  Cincinnati, Ohio
Major Gift Officer |  Development Team |  Cincinnati, Ohio
Prospect Research Analyst |  Development Team |  Cincinnati, Ohio
Video Team Leader |  Video Team |  Cincinnati, Ohio

Did you Miss the Recent Webinar on Racism?

The recorded webinar by Donna Grimes is now available to view:

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The Responsibility of Catholic Schools and Churches to Talk about Racism

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
1-800-537-2238 and

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

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

from Catholic Online

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

Christ has called all of us to be evangelists. But many of us have no idea where to begin. It’s an intimidating task, and it’s often far outside our comfort zones.

While there is no perfect step-by-step guide to sharing the Gospel with everyone, there are fundamentals that can help you evangelize with confidence. 

Our friends at Catholic Christian Outreach have highly effective resources to help you on your journey, both as an evangelist and as a disciple. 

​​of  Jesus

“What Would Jesus Do,” and its anagram “WWJD,” was a trendy statement popularized many years ago by young people all around the United States. One would be hard-pressed not to see the phrase or its anagram printed on t-shirts, wristbands, backpacks, stickers, or anywhere one could find free advertising space in high traffic areas. The brilliance behind the “WWJD” marketing thrived on the moral conscious of millions of Christians and people of good will seeking to espouse their beliefs in a way that encouraged thoughtful reflection instead of combative or sarcastic criticism. “WWJD” in some ways replaced the cross or crucifix at the time as the mark of a devout Christian, a symbol serving as a constant reminder for the bearer to consciously consider the mind and will of Jesus Christ as they encountered the ills and thrills of life.​

In hindsight, however, it feels as if that particular slogan was as helpful to our collective and individual spiritual development as a daily serving of twelve pounds of red meat is helpful to a heart-healthy, low cholesterol diet. Read more...

Documentary Director
Full-Time | Documentary | Greater Cincinnati 

At Dynamic Catholic we are seeking a Documentary Director to lead the filming, production, and post production of our Dynamic Parish Documentary Series. In this role you’ll serve the Mission by traveling the country and working with parishes to document their journey to become the dynamic faith community God created it to be. Are you an experienced Film Director with a passion for revitalizing Catholic Parishes across the country? 

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.

June is month of the Sacred Heart
By CHRISTINA HERMOSO   |   Manilla Bulletin

     Catholics dedicate the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in veneration and in gratitude for His merciful heart and His redeeming love for mankind.
     Holy masses, novenas, and the recitation of devotional prayers in honor of the Sacred Heart are traditionally observed by the faithful devotees.
     The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary said, devotion to the Sacred Heart “is an expression of our faith in Jesus Christ’s mercy and our way to express our gratitude for His mercy and love.” Characteristic acts of devotion include almsgiving, consecration, and reparation.

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Restoring Dignity
In an era of mass incarceration, when millions of individuals are warehoused in prisons, grave injustices and racial disparities exist. In a process Joseph House calls accompaniment, we prioritize the material, relational, and spiritual needs of the human person by walking with them as friends and advocates as they rejoin us in free society. Joseph House seeks to serve those most affected by mass incarceration. (


Sacred Heart of Jesus
"I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment" (Jesus to St. Margaret Mary).

Sixteenth century Calvinism and seventeenth century Jansenism preached a distorted Christianity that substituted for God's love and sacrifice of His Son for all men the fearful idea that a whole section of humanity was inexorably damned.

The Church always countered this view with the infinite love of our Savior who died on the cross for all men. The institution of the feast of the Sacred Heart was soon to contribute to the creation among the faithful of a powerful current of devotion which since then has grown steadily stronger. The first Office and Mass of the Sacred Heart were composed by St. John Eudes, but the institution of the feast was a result of the appearances of our Lord to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1675. The celebration of the feast was extended to the general calendar of the Church by Pius IX in 1856.