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November 2nd, 2015
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November 5th, 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

Monday, November 2, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Meet the Author of One Light Still Shines

Saint Maria Goretti Church is pleased to welcome Marie Monville, author of One Light Still Shines: My Life beyond the Shadow fot he Amish School Shooting. Marie is the widow of Charles Roberts who shot ten girls in an Amish one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pa before committing suicide. Monville will share with the audience the Amish community's response of love and forgiveness and her personal experience of faith and hope after such tragic events.

Location: Saint Maria Goretti Church, 1601 Derstine Rd., Hatfield, PA

Cost: There is no cost to attend, however, donations are gratefully accepted.

Sponsorsed By: Saint Maria Goretti Church

Registration Info: Register at or call 215-721-0199 ext. 202.

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM EST

National Bible Week

In preparation for National Bible Week, join Michael Howard to dig deeper into the word of God using Dei Verbum, The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (DV). Reflecting on a popular chapter from the book of Isaiah, participants will seek the Lord not only through God's revelatory word, but also through DV.

Location: Online

Sponsorsed By: Sadlier Religion

Registration Info:
Online registration

Friday and Saturday, November 6th & 7th, 2015

The Institute for Black Catholic Studies presents Black Lives Matter - race, violence & poverty symposium

Black Lives Matter Symposium will discuss and address real issues facing the black community. This event will feature a reception, keynote addresses, panel symposium of key stakeholders, spoken word event, special guests and civic leaders, workshops and more.

Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans
Institute for Black Catholic Studies
Black Lives Matter Symposium
1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125

Cost: Registration fee: $40.00. Students $25.00. Groups of 10 or more $35.00 each.

Sponsorsed By: Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans
Institute for Black Catholic Studies

Registration Info:
Register online:
Hotel registration is available online as well.

For more information, contact:
Event info: (504) 273-7300

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 9:30AM to 3:30PM

Forming Life-Long Disciples through Christian Initiation and Adult Faith Formation


This workshop offers comprehensive training in the formation of life-long disciples of Jesus Christ. It equips parish leaders to implement effectively the Christian Initiation process or develop a strategic pastoral plan for adult faith formation in the parish.

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary College Auditorium, 100 E. Wynnewood Rd., Wynnewood, PA 19096

Cost: $40, includes breakfast, lunch and training materials

Sponsorsed By: Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Office for Divine Worship and Office for the New Evangelization

Registration Info:
Go to

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 6, 7, & 8.

St. Mary’s Academy Alumnae Association Homecoming 2015

St. Mary’s Academy celebrates Maryite classes ending in 0’s and 5’s!

St. Mary’s Campus locations.

Cost: Fees vary

Sponsorsed By: St. Mary’s Academy Alumnae Association

Registration Info:

For more information, visit:

Nov. 6-8, 2015 (Presentation in English)

Healing of Families Seminar to be presented in El Paso, TX

Have you prayed for years for healing of your family and nothing has happened? Learn this form of prayer that is effective for those stubborn personal and family problems. Experience family-wide relief and healing of spiritual, physical, and emotional problems. Redeem your relationships and change the course of your family’s history.

Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 1551 Belvidere St., El Paso, TX 79912

Cost: FREE

Sponsorsed By: Healing of Families with Fr. Yozefu B. Ssemakula (Fr. Joseph)

Registration Info:
To register, text (713) 884-7877 or send an email to:

For more information, contact:
Chika Ikeakor 281-701-7627, Sam Borunda 915-588-6053, Veronica Myers 915-346-5684 or Tina Edwards-Milam 915-433-5411.

November 7th from 9AM to 5PM

Rejoice with Sankofa in Ft. Wayne

Theme: Black Souls Matter: Standing on the Rock, Pressing Towards the Mark

To kick off November Black Catholic History Month, the Black Catholic Advisory Board of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend is having “Sankofa! A Celebration of Black Faith and Culture.” Educators, clergy and religious, lay leaders, liturgists, teens and young adults are especially encouraged to attend.

St. Mary Mother of God Parish, 1101 Lafayette St., Fort Wayne, IN.

Cost: $15.00 includes registration and lunch.

Sponsorsed By: The Black Catholic Advisory Board of the Diocese of Fr. Wayne-South Bend

Registration Info:
Register by October 30thy at

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Revelation in a Day Seminar

Jeff Cavins will explore the book of Revelation to demonstrate how the Kingdom established by Christ in His Church is intimately connected with the Kingdom of Heaven, especially through the celebration of the Mass. Attendees will also learn what all the mysterious figures and images of Revelation represent, as well as what will happen during the Second Coming of Christ, what has already happened, and what is happening now in salvation history.

St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church, 105 Mine St., Flemington, NJ 08822

Presented By: St. Magdalen de Pazzi Catholic Church

Registration Info:
Early Registration (by 10/22/15) $35. After 10/22/15, cost will be $40. Includes study material, continental breakfast, and box lunch.

Cost: See above.

For more information, contact:
Lyn Anderson, phone: 908-788-3806, email:

November 7, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage

You are invited to attend this Parish Leadership Training Day. Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage is the new entry in the renowned Symbolon series, providing video and study guides to enhance your marriage preparation and marriage enrichment programs.

The mystery, meaning and real-life applications of Marriage are right here at your fingertips. Join us to find out how to effectively use this engaging and beautiful resource.

Location: Archdiocese of Philadelphia Pastoral Center, 222 North 17th Street

Cost: Cost is $10 per person. Make checks payable to: Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Office for Life and Family.

Sponsorsed By: Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Life and Family

Registration Info:
Email your name, parish, and phone number to

For more information, contact:
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Life and Family
222 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Please contact Deacon Mike Kubiak at 484-432-9898 with any questions.

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

Nov. 12 at Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Chalmette
Dec. 9 at All Saints, New Orleans

Introducing Racial Sobriety

This 2-1/2 to 3 hour facilitated workshop introduces the audience to a unifying approach to begin the conversation on racisms (the varying manifestations of racism). The experience includes an explanation of the three elements of talking about race that typically bring on anxiety: fear, ignorance and guilt, facilitates a discussion on finding one’s own voice in the conversation on racial issues; allows for a discovery of one’s Racial History and introduces other instruments for continuing one’s understanding of the Racial Sobriety approach.

Cost: Free

Sponsorsed By: Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Racial Harmony

Registration Info:
Contact Sr. Teresa Rooney, CHF, Parish and School Liaison at or 504-861-6272.

Archbishop’s Lecture Series

Neither Worldly nor Worldless: Faithful Christian Living in a Post-Christian Society
Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Truth Will Set You Free: Liberal Order and the Future of Christian Freedom
Monday, December 7, 2015

Living as a Christian Family in a Culture of Unbelief
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, Monday, March 7, 2016

This series of lectures considers the difficulties of living as a Christian in a Culture of Unbelief.

Location: St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Vianney Hall Auditorium, 100 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA

Cost: Lectures are free and open to the public

Sponsorsed By: Office of the Archbishop and the Office for the New Evangelization

Registration Info:
Online RSVP requested:

Nov. 13-14, 2015

The Church in the Modern World: Fifty Years Later

The Washington Session of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family will sponsor a conference entitled, “The Church in the Modern World: Fifty Years Later” for the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s document Gaudium et spes. The conference concludes the Institute’s series of events devoted to the major texts of Vatican II.

Location: Keane Auditorium, McGivney Hall

Cost: $100 to the general public

Sponsorsed By: Pontifical John Paul II Institute

Registration Info: Registration can be completed online:

For more information, call:

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 14-15, 2015 or February 13-14, 2016

Living in Love

You are invited to attend this mini retreat workshop for married couples designed to energize the romance and renew the excitement of being in love.

Location: St. Monica’s, 63 Main Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312

Cost: $125

Sponsorsed By: The Faith Community of Saint Monica’s

Registration Info: Go to: for registration form.

For more information: Email: or contact Dave and Kathy Phelan at or 610-902-0654.

November 19-21, 2015

2015 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)

Theme: Here I Am Lord * Aqui Estoy Senor

Program development is well underway for the 2015 National Catholic Youth Conference.

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Cost: $215 to $295

Sponsorsed By: The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)

Registration Info:
If you are a young person, parent, pastor, principal, youth ministry leader, or other individual interested in registering for NCYC, contact your diocesan delegation leader for details, package costs, and deadlines. Typically, it is the diocesan director of youth ministry who acts as the delegation leader. On occasion, a parish or Catholic high school leader may act as the delegation leader, especially if no diocesan leader is present.

For more information:
Go to:

Friday, November 20-21, 2015

Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference

Jesus, the truth, is our doorway to freedom. Yet all of us find areas of resistance to Jesus or areas of bondage that limit our free response to His love as we seek to follow Him. The book, UNBOUND presents five keys that help people access the power of the Gospel.

Location:Saints Peter and Paul Parish, 1327 E Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380

Cost: From $65 to $75 per person, or $135 per couple

Sponsorsed By: Unbound

Registration Info:
Register online at or call Kate at 610-952-3019 ext. 1

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

Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Unity Mass at 5:00 PM

Watering the Garden: Growing Vocations in the Black Catholic Family

You are invited to celebrate Black Catholic History Month with a Day of Reflection and Unity Mass.

Location: Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road., Vienna, VA

Cost: $30.00 (pre-registration only) includes Continental breakfast, lunch and reception

Sponsorsed By: Dioceses of Arlington and Richmond

Registration Info:
Pre-register: no later than Saturday, November 14.

For more information, contact:
Deacon Al Anderson -

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

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Benefit Luncheon and Raffle

You are invited to join us for our Annual Luncheon Fundraiser to benefit Zacchaeus House, a ministry of Catholic Deacons on the south side of Chicago. Zacchaeus House offers hospitality to men in transition to stability in their lives, and is a non-profit, non-treatment residential facility and subsists on the volunteer offerings of friends of our House.

Holy Family Villa, 12220 South Will-Cook Road, Palos Park, IL

Cost: $55.00 luncheon

Sponsorsed By: Zacchaeus House

Registration Info:
RSVP by November 30 to 708.339.2474

For more information, contact:
Deacon Alfred Coleman II, Director 708.339.2474

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM

The Choirs of St. Ambrose Catholic Church Present An Advent Concert


This concert celebrates the fast of our Patron Saint Aurelius Ambrosius Bishop of Milan and features excerpts from Handelís Messiah and the Gospel Magnificat by Robert Ray.

St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1000 E. 47th St., Chicago, IL 60653

Cost: $10.00 donation in advance, $15.00 at the door

Sponsorsed By: St. Ambrose Catholic Church

Registration Info:
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For more information, contact:
For information and tickets call 773.624.3695

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

St. Augustine Sodality Advent Dinner

Theme: Shout for Joy Ė The Lord is in Our Midst

You are invited to the Sodality Annual Advent Dinner

The Trinity Center, Trinity Washington University, 125 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. 20017

Cost: Donation: $50.00

Sponsorsed By: St. Augustine Sodality

Registration Info:
Contact: Maria H. Logan 202.635.6338 or Ruth H. Robinson 202.726.2578

For more information, contact:
Contact: Maria H. Logan 202.635.6338 or Ruth H. Robinson 202.726.2578

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