Black Catholic Newsletter Articles
Do Your Homework for This New Year’s Resolution: Going Back to School - Returning to college is never an easy decision-especially if you’re one of the millions of students who happen to be over 30 years old. Yet, in 2014, many will make the New Year’s resolution to do just that. Before deciding where to finish your college degree, experts say it’s paramount to do your research.
Youth & Young Adults >>
“Be Not Afraid … the truth will set you free” A Youth Vocations Pilgrimage - By comparison to past generations, today’s young people are, well, different. They are cyber savvy, hi-tech, hyper kinetic and given to instant gratification. They change preferences as easily as they change their clothes. For those and a myriad of other reasons, the challenge of providing programming for city youths that is both engaging and enlightening can be daunting, to say the least.
Time Management Tips for the High School Kids Time management is as essential as having a concrete plan about what you want for your own life. It is significant that young ones like you already know about the essence of time management. After all, you are already a young adult and it is only proper that you begin setting things straight in your life. Get a glimpse of the following time management tips and help yourself achieve peace of mind.
NBCC Spotlight >>
St. Joseph’s Seminary in Washington, DC: These Seminarians have a lot going on! -
The St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, DC has a group of seminarians who do more
than study for the priesthood…they enjoy playing competitive soccer. Every
Saturday at 10:00 AM, you can find this group on the field, playing against
other schools, such as local high schools.
Phyllis Johnson Receives Award - Phyllis Johnson, parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia, was recently awarded the “Father Augustus Tolton and Mother Mary Lange Award” presented by the Multicultural Ministries, Catholic Diocese of Diocese of Arlington.
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Highlights of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Trip to Africa
Pope Francis, in Kenya, emphasizes missionary discipleship, ecological concern - ‘Missionary discipleship, rejection of violence in God’s name, and concern for the environment were among the themes emphasized by Pope Francis in Kenya on November 26 and 27 , the second and third days of his apostolic journey to Africa.
Ugandan martyrs are true heroes, Pope says during visit to nation - During the second stop in Africa, Pope Francis addressed authorities in Uganda, saying “my visit to your country is meant above all to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the canonization of the Uganda martyrs by my predecessor, Pope Paul VI.” He advocated that people of all beliefs must “work for justice and reconciliation.”
Love your enemies, Pope preaches in strife-torn Central African Republic - During his stay in the Central African Republic, Pope Francis advocated reconciliation to regain peace in the country, and stated, "Those who have the means to enjoy a decent life […] must seek to help those poorer than themselves to attain dignified living conditions […].
2015 Centennial Celebration Comes to a Close at St. Joseph Catholic Church in “Old Town” Alexandria - One of Alexandria’s most diverse Catholic communities recently closed out a year-long celebration heralding 100 years of worship and service in Northern Virginia.
Black and Catholic In The U.S.
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015 - Nov. 20, 2016
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Employment Opportunity >>
Black Catholic Ministry Coordinator - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis is seeking a full-time Black Catholic Ministry Coordinator to facilitate opportunities that foster full participation of the African-American and African communities in the life of the Catholic Church.
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Answering the Call: Recognizing God’s call to religious life
Part 2 in a series of NBCC interviews with Sr. Callista Robinson and Sr.
Gayle Lwanga Crumbley - It has been stated by many entering consecrated
life that although they may have privately contemplated that vocation, they
probably never would have acted upon it if someone hadn’t asked them if they had
ever thought of becoming a priest, brother, or nun.
Letter to the NBCC Editor
- My name is Aaron Smith. I am a practicing Catholic, and am incarcerated in South Carolina now nine years. [On] 11/6/15 at Mass, I received your pamphlet, “Praying the Rosary.” Oh, my God. I never knew that there was a black side to Catholicism. As a Black male in the faith, this means so much to me.
Health & Wellness >>
Know Your Drug Costs Before You Leave the Doctor’s Office
- Have you ever suffered from sticker shock at the pharmacy? You arrive with a prescription from your doctor, but you are told that the medication is not covered and could cost you several hundred dollars. Health insurance and prescription drug coverage is a complex puzzle, and many consumers find themselves at a loss to understand what is or isn’t covered and why.
Recommended Reading >>
Living Mission Interculturally: Faith, Culture, and the Renewal of Praxis - Our globalized world increasingly brings together people of many different cultures, though not always harmoniously. In recent decades, multinational companies have sought more efficient strategies for authentic “intercultural collaboration.” But in today’s multicultural world-church, faith communities too from local parishes to international religious communities are faced with the challenge of intercultural living.
Author Spotlight >>
Anthony Gittins, CSSp - In his teaching, Gittins touches the interface between the social sciences and theological disciplines. He has taught, lectured, offered workshops or given retreats in more than thirty countries from Africa to the Pacific. He has extensive experience as a hospital chaplain in Albany, NY, where he worked during Summers between 1969 and 2000. For the past twenty-five years he has with and among homeless women on the streets of Chicago and in a shelter. For seven of those years he was part of Genesis House - a community where women struggle to escape from prostitution.
NBCC News >>
NBCC at the National Catholic Youth Conference 2015 - You never know where you’ll find the National Black Catholic Congress! From November 19th through the 21st, 2015, the NBCC manned a booth at the Youth Conference, handing out literature and small giveaways to youth who stopped by.
Lord, Make Us Channels of Your Peace - “Yes, I am a child of God. My name is ______ and I will be praying for _______,” (a Prayer Partner in the retreat day). That’s how the annual Minkisi mini-retreat session begins each year at Our Lady Queen of Peace, in Arlington, Virginia.
St. Joseph Centennial Time Capsule Presentation and Blessing - The St. Joseph Catholic Church Centennial Time Capsule contains a collection of more than 50 historical documents, photographs, and artifacts from the first 100 years of the St. Joseph community.
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