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Quadragesima - A Pilgrimage of Faith

The African American Catholic Youth BibleMany 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.

What immediately stands out in these terms is the fixed season. For forty days, roughly, the Church will be engaged in an intense period of repentance, renewal, regeneration. It is a season of conversion. Its penitential character is highlighted by the forty days because they recall the forty days and nights Noah spent in the ark, the forty days Moses spent on Mt. Sinai, the forty years the Israelites wandered in the desert, and most importantly, the forty days and nights of fasting endured by Jesus at the beginning of his public life. Full Story

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 Evening of Reflection on the feast of Saint Katharine Drexel
March 3, 2015
 Annual Women’s Lenten Retreat
March 14 2015
 6th conference on Faith, Deafness, and Disabilities
March 14, 2015
 A Lenten Reflection: Can You Drink the Cup?
March 14, 2015
 3rd Annual Archdiocesan Women’s Conference 2015
March 21, 2015
 Faith in the Woods: “A Spirit filled” Camping Trip
April 24-26th 2015
In The News
 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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I WILL FOLLOWI WILL FOLLOW - As we celebrate this Year of Consecrated Life, we encourage you to see this short video of Fr. Joshua Johnson and Fr. Mike Schmitz as they give witness to their call to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

How Cellphone Use Can Disconnect Your Relationship - A new study finds serious potential for damage in conflicts over phone use. Why does a person’s phone use (as a primary culprit of technoference) have such an impact on the mental health of their partner?

Youth & Young Adults >>

Now Soliciting Nominations For Participants 2015 Black Catholic Young Adult Listening Session - The USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church - African American Affairs is seeking 25 Black Catholic Young Adults to help us begin to develop viable approaches and resources to effectively evangelize and cultivate leadership from this group within the Catholic Church.

Meeting Them Where They're At - Eric came to my office one week after I started my ministry position with the local church. He said he needed to speak to me. I was excited to see him and hoped to get him involved in the youth ministry. I was not expecting what followed. Eric told me he had to drop out of school and “get in the game” (i.e., sell drugs) to provide for his family.

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Black Catholic Theological SymposiumBlack Catholic Theological Symposium - At its 2014 annual meeting in Chicago, the Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS) experienced regular transition in its leadership team. Former BCTS Convener, C. Vanessa White, D.Min., Assistant Professor at Catholic Theological Union, currently serves as Past Convener.

NBCC News >>

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.

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).

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

First black parish in Arlington Diocese turns 100

Middle Passage historical marker unveiled

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Living the consecrated lifeLiving the consecrated life - At 5 a.m. each day, Norbertine Father Claude Williams slides out of his bed in the rectory of St. John the Baptist Parish in Costa Mesa, California. He quickly dresses in his white habit, including a tunic, scapular and shoulder cape, which, according to pious belief, was given to the order’s founder

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10 Disturbing Reasons Why Sugar is Bad For You10 Disturbing Reasons Why Sugar is Bad For You - Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. It can have harmful effects on metabolism and contribute to all sorts of diseases. Here are 10 disturbing reasons why you should avoid added sugar like the plague.

Book of the Month >>

Could You Not Watch With Me One Hour?Could You Not Watch With Me One Hour? - Have you ever struggled to stay focused at Eucharistic Adoration? Or needed direction or encouragement to attend adoration on a regular basis? Fr. Florian Racine offers the faithful a practical guide to Eucharistic adoration in his new book, Could You Not Watch with Me One Hour? How to Cultivate a Deeper Relationship with the Lord through Eucharistic Adoration.

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Msgr. Paul W. JervisMsgr. Paul W. Jervis - Postulator of the cause for sainthood for Msgr. Bernard Quinn; promoting a Saint from Brooklyn, New York. The Quintessential Priest, written by Msgr. Paul W. Jervis, the Black pastor of St. Peter Claver Church in the “City of Churches” as Brooklyn is called.

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