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Featured Article: Quadragesima - A Pilgrimage of Faith - Many older folk will recall the term “Quadragesima Sunday”. That term used to designate the First Sunday of Lent and it referred to the forty days of this holy season. This etymological origin is still seen, for instance, in the Spanish and Italian words designating Lent, Cuaresma and Quaresima, respectively. Read Full Story

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 Report: Hundreds More of African Americans Lynched Than Previously Thought
 Research uncovers new information about Mother Mary Lange
 Xavier receives $80,000 grant from Black and Indian Mission Board
 First black parish in Arlington Diocese turns 100
 Middle Passage historical marker unveiled
 Oakland Priest Learns Boxing, Gets Large Donation For Church
 Catholic priest pleads guilty to helping imprisoned Chicago mob killer
 ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ gets black marks from bishops, pastors
 Why I send my kids to Catholic school
 Pope Francis to Address a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress
 Catholics On Campus
 Haitian man who lives in roadway berm finds help hard to come by
 Archbishop celebrates Shipwreck centennial Mass
 Prejean to retire as Black Catholic Ministry director
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Report: Hundreds More of African Americans Lynched Than Previously Thought

...the Montgomery, Alabama-based EJI, released a detailed report, entitled, “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror.” The report notes that there are at least hundreds of lynchings that occurred after the Reconstruction period until after the Second World War that went not only unreported, but also ignored, ultimately shaping the often combative racial experience between Blacks and Whites in the United States. Full Story

Research uncovers new information about Mother Mary Lange

Many bits of misinformation have cropped up around Mother Mary Lange, the pioneering woman who founded in Baltimore both the Oblate Sisters of Providence (the first sustained religious community for African American women) and St. Frances Academy (the first Catholic school in the United States for black children)…As many in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and around the world pray for Mother Lange’s canonization, the Catholic Review separates fact from fiction. Full Story

Xavier receives $80,000 grant from Black and Indian Mission Board

Xavier University in New Orleans has received an $80,000 grant from the Black and Indian Mission Board to support the university’s educational ministries. Full Story

First black parish in Arlington Diocese turns 100

The history of St. Joseph Church began March 8, 1915, when the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament signed an agreement with Richmond Bishop Denis J. O’Connell granting $8,000 to the Richmond Diocese for a church to be built on Columbus Street in Alexandria. That was half of the expected cost of the church, with the remaining amount to be raised by the parishioners, a difficult task at that time, but a monument to a parish’s commitment to the faith. Full Story

Middle Passage historical marker unveiled

In one of many commemorations of St. Augustine’s 450 year history, on Saturday, the St. Augustine Middle Passage Committee, the Black Catholic Commission of the Diocese of St. Augustine, and representatives of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Commission, honored their African ancestors. Full Story

Oakland Priest Learns Boxing, Gets Large Donation For Church

Father Aidan McAleenan is pastor of St. Columba’s Catholic Church in Oakland. At Christmastime, he was contacted by a stranger who said he wanted to donate some money.
“And he took 40 bills, $100 bills, and spread them out on the table,” McAleenan told KPIX 5. “And said the only the only way you can pick this money up is…” Full Story

Catholic priest pleads guilty to helping imprisoned Chicago mob killer

Klein, the 66-year-old former prison chaplain at the Federal Penitentiary in Springfield, Mo., admitted he’d tried to help prolific mob hit man Frank Calabrese Sr. recover a rare, multimillion-dollar violin reputedly once owned by Liberace. Full Story

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ gets black marks from bishops, pastors

The Catholic bishop of Buffalo, N.Y., has warned fellow prelates to step up preaching on the true beauty of sex-within-male-female-marriage - and do it pronto. Full Story

Why I send my kids to Catholic school

When my kids come home, they tell me their experiences with church and school subjects, and they learn from both. I think it helps with behavior. Once they know what God expects of them, they want to please God as well, and they want to please others, and they want their parents to be happy and proud of them. Full Story

Pope Francis to Address a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress

The Holy See Press Office has confirmed that Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of the United States Congress on 24 September 2015 during his pastoral visit to the U.S.A. Full Story

Catholics On Campus

While it is not true that all Catholics stray from the flock in college, a shocking number cease to practice their faith. Up to 80 percent of U.S. Catholic youth stop practicing their faith by the time they graduate college according to Catholic apologist Sherry A. Weddell. Why? Full Story

Haitian man who lives in roadway berm finds help hard to come by

Homelessness in Haiti is not prevalent and social services for homeless people are few. In the city, the occasional homeless person -- usually identified by their ragged clothing, dirt-covered bare feet and generally unkempt appearance -- is seen silently sitting against a wall with a few coins at his or her feet. Most Haitians manage to find someplace to stay rather than risk life alone on streets. Full Story

Archbishop celebrates Shipwreck centennial Mass

The pastor, Conventual Franciscan Father Paul Gawlowski, said the Mass was one of a yearlong series of events the parish community has planned to mark the history of the church. Full Story

Prejean to retire as Black Catholic Ministry director

After nearly 15 years heading up the Office for Black Catholic Ministry, Charles Prejean is retiring. The 73-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, native will be spending more time with his wife of 50 years, Carmen, their three children and their five grandchildren. Prejean plans to remain in the area where he attends Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Atlanta. Full Story

Pope Francis appoints Bishop-elect Fernand J. Cheri, III, OFM, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans

Please join the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) in congratulating Bishop-elect Fernand J. Cheri, III, O.F.M., appointed by Pope Francis to be an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Bishop-elect Cheri was a member of the NBCC Board of Trustees, very active in NBCC events, and we join our church family in celebrating him with this prestigious honor. May God be praised.

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Many blessings to you, Bishop-elect Cheri. The NBCC family is extremely happy for you, and we will pray for you!

God be with you!

Valerie Washington
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