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Now through Labor Day
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September 10, 2015
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September 11-13, 2015
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2015 | 2016-17

Now through Labor Day

Archdiocesan Activities to Commemorate 10 Years Since Hurricane Katrina

Media Outreach - to help residents focus on the blessings they have received over the past decade, the Office of Communications is starting a "hashtag": #Kat10blessings. This social media campaign, available on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, gives followers the opportunity to reflect on the effects of Hurricane Katrina in their lives and share how they have grown from the loss or what "blessings" rose from the waters of the storm.

The Class That Almost Wasn't - a multimedia project featuring video interviews and essays that ask members of the Class of 2006 to remember and reflect on their experience and how and if it has shaped them and their lives now.

Parish Service Day - In conjunction with New Orleans' city-wide day of service on Saturday, August 29, 2015, we are asking all of our parishes to identify needs at the parish or amongst parishioners and to invite families and individuals in your parish to take action to make a difference in the life of the parish and the lives of their neighbors. In early August each parish will receive a packet with suggestions and more information including a morning prayer and commissioning service and a closing prayer service and reflection questions.

Sponsorsed By: Archdiocese of New Orleans

September 10, 2015

Diocese of Camden 2015 Racial Justice Commission Annual Dinner

Join us as we honor Msgr. Leonard Scott with the Racial Justice Lifetime Achievement Award. Also being honored are Sr. Karen Dietrich, SSJ (Catholic Partnership Schools) and Msgr. Michael Doyle (Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Camden, NJ).

Adelphia Restaurant, Deptford, NJ

Cost: $35.00 by Sept. 1, 2015

Registration Info:
Mail checks payable to the Diocese of Camden to James E. Andrews, 631 Market St., Camden, NJ 08102 or contact (856) 583-2907 or

September 11-September 13, 2015

Annual Fall Young Adult Weekend Retreat

Upcoming Retreat with Deacon Doug, Spiritual Motivational Speaker

This retreat provides the ultimate team building experience. Join us for a weekend filled with love, faith, and a deeper reflection on Christ.

Big Rock Creek, Paradise Falls, Valyermo, California

12:30 PM

$135 includes room & board, meals, and the total retreat experience.

Sponsorsed By:
Presented by Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and Soul Climb

Registration Info:
Reserve your spot by emailing . A deposit of $45 is due 8/1/15. The final payment of $90 is due 8/23/25.

September 12, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Women of God - Blessed and Highly Favored Celebrate the “Triumph of the Cross”

Join us as we celebrate the “Triumph of the Cross” with Keynote Speaker, Sister Cora Marie Billings, RSM.

Holy Family Catholic Church
2200 Callaway Street
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Cost: $25.00 includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch

Sponsorsed By: Sisters in the Spirit, Archdiocese of Washington

Registration Info:
Contact Cynthia Morris 202-271-7253 or

Wednesdays, September 16th - October 21, 2015 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Seniortec Class Series

You are never too old to learn. Join us for a fun filled adventure and discover the world of computers. Learn basic mouse and keyboard skills, create an email account, learn basic email functions, and basic word processing skills.

Orleans Street Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library

Cost: FREE

Sponsorsed By: Enoch Pratt Free Library

Registration Info:
To enroll, please call 410-545-0735. The Seniortec Class Series is a six week class limited to persons 55 years and older.

September 18-20, 2015

Unbound International Leaders Conference

Theme: Turning Hearts Toward Home

The purpose of this conference is to share with Unbound leaders across the globe a vision of reconciled and restored children of God and families. Attendees should be prepared for a powerful encounter with the Lord as we intercede for all nations, and meet guests from Zambia, Tanzania and Ghana.

Philadelphia, PA

Cost: $195.oo prior to August 14, 2015. Price will increase after the deadline.

Sponsorsed By: Heart of the Father

Registration Info:
Lodging is recommended at the DoubleTree Hilton Philadelphia Airport, 4509 Island Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19153. Phone 215-365-4150. We have a limited block of rooms reserved. Please book your room today. Register by following the link:

For more information:
Call 610-952-3019 ext. 1, or email:

September 19th, 6-9 PM, Following the 5 PM Mass on the Parish Campus

The Haiti Carnavale & Back-to-School Celebration

Together we can celebrate the new school year and our parish partnership with St. Charles Borromeo in Haiti. Enjoy an evening of fun activities for the whole family, Haitian music, a silent auction, tasty food and adult beverages! All funds raised will support St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Gonaives, Haiti.

Cathedral of Mary Our Queen

For more information, contact:
Donna McCann at with questions or volunteer opportunities.

September 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM

4th Annual Friends and Family Mass

Theme: The Family Fully Alive

Bring a friend or a family member with you to celebrate with the Parishioners of St. Martin de Porres Church

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
2340 W. Lehigh Ave.
Philadelphia, PA

For more information, contact:
The Parish Social Ministry Office: 215.225.2127.

September 21-25, 2015

Week of Moral Action for Climate Justice

Join thousands of others, in our nation’s capital and across the country, for a week of actions, vigils, teach-ins, concerts, and rallies.

Washington, DC and across the country

Sponsorsed By: Moral Action Climate

Registration Info:
Visit to register or to locate additional information. An information and planning call is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 9:30-10:30 AM (EDT). The call-in number is: 559-726-1300 PIN: 381072#

For more information:
Email us at

September 22-27, 2015

World Meeting of Families

Theme: Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

It’s Official: The Holy Father will be joining us in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015!

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For more information, visit:

September 26, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Icons of the Inner City Celebration


This event will celebrate the people who work diligently to reduce the inequity in educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged children in South Los Angeles.

The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Cost: Sponsorship prices vary. Sponsorship through purchased advertisements is available.

Sponsorsed By: Holy Name of Jesus School

For more information, contact:
Deacon Jim Carper, Director of Marketing and Development at 323-731-1830 for sponsorship information, or send an email to:

October 3-4, 2015

Becoming a Disciple and Making Disciples for Jesus

Fr. John Baptist Bashobora (affectionately known as Fr. Bash) is an international speaker and the Director of Spiritual Renewal in the Archdiocese of Mbarara, Uganda. He is the founder of the Friends of Christ Foundation, caring for orphans and the poor, and establishing schools and hospitals. He is known for his prayer, deliverance and healing ministry.

Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center
5500 St. Mary St.
Metairie, LA 70006

Offering: $70 including lunch and refreshments

Sponsorsed By: Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, dedicated to Our Lady of the Cenacle

Registration Info
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015: Registration 1 pm, concludes 7 pm.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 3025: 10 am to 6 pm.
Space is limited, pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information, contact:
Susan Halligan at (504) 267-9604, or go to

October 5, 2015

Life of Hope Center youth and family programs for the Haitian community.

Life of Hope Center (LOH) in Brooklyn, New York is excited to share with you news about their summer youth and family programs for the Haitian community. Programs include young adult literacy, after school computer and literacy, career/college test preps, youth learning, French and creole literacy, and teen intervention and internship for ages 16 and over.

Sign up to receive family support/counseling and job placements
Immigration/Housing/ Health and Legal Services
Youth Initiative/ Social Support & Food Pantries
Referrals Citywide Agencies & Programs
Digital Inclusions & Literacy Initiatives

1886 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Sponsorsed By: The Life of Hope Center Educational & Vocational Center

For more information, contact:
Porez Luxama, Executive Director
Office: 917.216.3137 or
Fax: 347.295.1181

October 8-11, 2015

National Black Catholic Men’s Conference

Theme: “Iron is sharpened by iron; one person sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:17

We gather in Christ’s presence in an atmosphere of trust, equality, and anonymity to share personal experiences and feelings. We feel encouraged by the Holy Spirit to share with one another...Men to Men

Hilton Lafayette
1521 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503

337.235.6111 or 1.800.445.8667 using booking code
National Black Catholic Men’s conference

Room rates:
$89.00 two double beds
$99.00 one king bed, plus taxes

Adults: $150.00
High School and College Students: $750.00
Youth ages 8-13: $50.00

Registration Info:
Or mail payment to: Bowman Francis Ministry Project
Rev. Chester P. Smith, SVD
815 East 58th Street
Indianapolis, INH 46220

For more information, contact: or Gamba10333@ or call 317.259.0144

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

3rd Annual Interfaith Day of Dialogue on Domestic Abuse

Clergy, faith community leaders, and pastoral staff are invited to attend a day devoted to discussing with domestic violence advocates, legal experts, governmental, and community partners how best to prevent and or help those suffering from the pain of domestic violence.

The Judiciary Education & Conference Center, 2011C Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401

Cost: No charge, lunch is provided.

Sponsorsed By: The Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition

Registration Info: To register go to http://goci.maryland.cov/idvc

For more information, contact:
The Honorable Karen Friedman at

October 31, 2015

High Hopes for Haiti 5K Run & Walk 2015

This 5K run and walk will raise funds and awareness for the Mortel Foundation’s efforts in Haiti. The Mortel Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been working to educate the poorest of the poor in Haiti since 2001. The Foundation provides quality education to children in Haiti to equip them with the tools needed to overcome poverty.

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Before race day: $25.00. On race day: $30.00

Sponsorsed By: The Mortel Foundation

Registration Info:
Register online at

For more information, contact:

November 9-12, 2015

Pastoring in Black Parishes Clergy Conference

This is a series of Clergy Enrichment Conferences.

Pastoring in Black Parishes is a series of development and enrichment conferences for priests, deacons, seminarians and brothers who serve Black Catholics.

Registration fee of $200.00 includes conference registration and materials, welcome dinner, daily continental breakfast and lunch.

Sponsorsed By:
The Josephite Pastoral Center

Registration Info:
November 9-12, 2015 at Hilton Crystal City Hotel, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 Register online at  or contact Denise Bogans (202) 526-9270 or Hotel reservations may be made by calling (703) 418‐6800 or following the link: 

For more information, contact:
Information and registration are available at  or contact Denise Bogans (202) 526-9270 or

November 13-15, 2015

Leaders and Ministries Conference

In the Spirit, through the Cross, One Body

If you are seeking growth, while serving in your parish, prayer group, diocese, charismatic ministry, come to renew your vision and receive the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
13869 Park Center Road
Herndon, Virginia 20171

Sponsorsed By:
National Service Committee

Registration Info:

For more information, contact:
Walter Matthews  (540) 972-0225

November 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Vesper Service and Concert in celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King

We will be celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King with a vesper service and concert. The gathering of our many ethnic groups, with gifts of custom and cultures, speaks clearly of the oneness we share in Christ our King

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, New Jersey with a reception following at St. Lucy’s on Seventh Avenue.

Sponsorsed By: Office of Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs

For more information, contact:
Sr. Pat Lucas, Director
(973) 497-4304

December 3-6, 2015

100 Black Men of America Leadership Summit

Save the date for this important conference. The Leadership Summit addresses educational empowerment and provides “strategies that can be implemented by our network of over 100 Chapters to change the education and life outcomes of the students served.”

Jacksonville, FL

Sponsorsed By: 100 Black Men of America

For more information, contact: or go to

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