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 Miracle Healing Service in Bel Air
January 8, 2016
 Earned Sick Leave Rally with Sen. Catherine Pugh and Del. Luke Clippinger
January 11, 2016
 Film Showing of “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change”
January 15, 2016
 Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity - A documentary and Racial Justice Dialogue Event
January 16, 2016
 31st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast
January 18, 2016
 National Prayer Vigil for Life
January 21- 22, 2016
 Salt & Light Ecumenical Prayer Service
January 22, 2016
 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
January 23-26, 2016
 Parish Social Ministry Regional Training Houston, TX
January 29-30, 2016
 Mid-Atlantic Congress For Pastoral Leaders
February 4-6, 2016
 National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family 2016
February 7, 2016
 Leadership Conference
February 18-21, 2016
 Presence Unltd. Meditation Retreat
February 27, 2016
 WWW: Well Women Witness! By ORACLE Religious Assn., Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin, Founder.
February 27, 2016
 Marriage On A Lampstand
March 4-5, 2016
 Young Adult Retreat
March 4-6, 2016
 The Oblate Sisters of Providence’s Womens’ Retreat
April 9, 2016
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July 1-4, 2017
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July 6-9, 2017
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2016-17


Friday, January 8 at 7:30 PM

Miracle Healing Service in Bel Air

Dr. Bob Sawyer and the Ministry Team will present a healing service. This Ecumenical service is for persons of all faiths. Renew your faith, bring your friends and all who need Jesus to heal them. Refreshments and fellowship afterward.

Location: Harford Community Church, 2504 Creswell Rd., Bel Air, MD 21015

Sponsored By: Father’s Heart Ministries at Harford Community Church.

Registration Info: Download the flier at http://www.archbalt.org/charismatic

For more information: Call 410-308-8962


Monday, January 11, 2016 6:30-8:30 PM

Earned Sick Leave Rally with Sen. Catherine Pugh and Del. Luke Clippinger

The Justice and Peace Committee and Working Matters of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore will co-host a “Earned Sick Leave” rally in order to become a focused and energized group encouraging the state legislators to pass the “Earned Sick Leave Bill” during the next legislative session, which convenes on January 13.

Location:
St. Ignatius catholic Church in Baltimore, in the Ignatian Hall.

Sponsored By: The Justice and Peace Committee and Working Matters of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore

For more information, contact:
Terry Cavanagh, Chair of the Justice and Peace Economic Justice Subcommittee at 202-368-4814 or email: tcavanagh@seiumddc.org


Friday, January 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Film Showing of “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change”

As part of the “Keeping the Dream Alive - a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.” observation, St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore will present the documentary, “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change.”

Location: St. Ignatius Catholic Community, 740 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Sponsored By: St. Ignatius Catholic Community Racial Justice Forum

For more information: call 410-727-3848.


Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 9AM-12:00 Noon

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity - A documentary and Racial Justice Dialogue Event

As part of the “Keeping the Dream Alive - a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.” observation, St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore will present the documentary “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity” as the springboard to a Racial Dialogue Event.

Location: St. Ignatius Catholic Community, 740 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Sponsored By: St. Ignatius Catholic Community Racial Justice Forum

For more information: call 410-727-3848


Monday, January 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

31st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast

Join us as we celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a time of prayer and fellowship.

Location: St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 517 BlueHill Avenue, Boston, MA 02121

Cost: $15.00

Sponsored By: Black Catholic Ministries and St. Katharine Drexel Parish

For more information, contact:
Pat Smith at naynapat@comcast.net


January 21- 22, 2016

National Prayer Vigil for Life

Theme:

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is an all-night prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January. Over 20,000 pilgrims from across the nation pray through the night for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. View the complete schedule of events

Location:
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC

Cost: FREE

Sponsored By: USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America Office of Campus Ministry.

Registration Info:
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, email todonnell@usccb.org

For more information, contact:
USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities,
Attn: National Prayer Vigil for Life,
3211 Fourth St., NE,
Washington, DC 20017-1194
Or http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/resources/index.cfm


Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Salt & Light Ecumenical Prayer Service

This Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held in observance of the worldwide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Location: Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Pkwy., Baltimore, MD 21218

Sponsored By: The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation and St. Ignatius Catholic Community in Baltimore.

For more information, contact: cmecouncil@gmail.com


January 23-26, 2016

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

Theme: Called to Live Mercy in our Common Home

Join hundreds of fellow Catholic advocates in Washington, D.C. this January for the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering. This year’s CSMG will focus on interpreting and living out Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Location: Washington, DC

Sponsored By: Catholic Charities USA

Registration Info: Register now at: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/138516 by January 14th, 2016.

For more information: call 703-549-1390 or go online to www.catholiccharitiesusa.org


January 29-30, 2016

Parish Social Ministry Regional Training Houston, TX

Keynote speakers include Ron Jackson, Senior Director, Gorvernment Affairs, CCUSA; Sheila Gilbert, National President, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President, Catholic Relief Services.

Location: Houston, TX

Sponsored By: CCUSA and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Registration Info:
https://support.catholiccharitiesusa.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=83373


February 4-6, 2016

Mid-Atlantic Congress For Pastoral Leaders

The Leadership Roundtable will provide a series of workshops at the Mid-Atlantic Congress, with tracks for parish and diocesan leaders, and a special Bishops’ Workshop.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Cost: The cost ranges from $150 to $225, depending on the track.

Sponsored By: The Leadership Roundtable

Registration Info:
Register online at http://www.midatlanticcongress.org or email Michael Brough for information of the Bishops’ and Diocesan Leaders’ Workshop at Michael.Brough@theleadershiproundtable.org.

For more information, contact:
Mid-Atlantic Congress
4725 Dorsey Hall Drive
Suite A, PMB #709
Ellicot City, MD 21042
410-988-2926


February 7, 2016

National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family 2016

Theme: God’s Mercy Pulls Us Through

As we prepare to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are grateful to God to present to you the 27th Annual National Day of Prayer, celebrated on the first Sunday of Black History Month, February 7, 2016. We will use social media to send resources and start a conversation as we move toward the day of celebration.

Cost: Free

Sponsored By: NDPAAAF 2016 Commission, National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life

Registration Info: To get started, click to download the 2016 Annual National Day of Prayer

For more information, contact:
NDPAAF 2016 Commission, National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life www.blackcatholicsforlife.org


February 18-21, 2016

Leadership Conference

Join us as we celebrate 70 years of Alumni Support and Engagement in New Orleans. The conference features workshops, vendor market, Leadership Luncheon, Alumni Hall of Honor, UNCF Legacy Award Gala, College Fair, Career Readiness Day, and other events.

Location:
Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Sponsored By: NAC/NPAC

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Sam Burston at 404-302-8623, or sam.burston@uncf.org.


Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Presence Unltd. Meditation Retreat

Join Father Jack Lombardi and Thomas Ward for a Retreat on Prayer and Meditation in a Busy World.

Location: St. John’s Church, Frederick, MD, Parish Hall Center.

Sponsored By: Presence Unltd.

Registration Info: RSVP to Amanda at 301-678-6339 or email officestpeter@verizon.net, or go to www.presenceunltd.com


Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Mass at 4:00 PM)

Well Women Witness! By ORACLE Religious Assn., Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin, Founder.

Theme: WWW: Well Women Witness is part of a ‘New Evangelization’ Movement in the Church. It is a Women’s Day of Reflection where Catholic women gather to meet Jesus at the Well! It is based on the Biblical story of the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-42).

THE INVITATION - Thus says the Lord: “Tell my women to meet Me at the Well.” At the Well, we encounter Jesus Christ. Close the day with Mass. We run out and keep declaring to others, “Come! Come and see Someone who told me everything…” “…truly Jesus is the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).

Location: Incarnation Catholic Church, 880 Easter Ave., NE Washington, DC 20019

Cost: $60 pre-registered (breakfast and lunch included) $70 walk-ins

Sponsored By: ORACLE Religious Assn. - Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin, Founder

Registration Info: Call in to register (credit card info needed) 202-528-8633


March 3-5, 2016

Marriage On A Lampstand

Theme: National Black Catholic Marriage & Family Symposium

Explore Sacramental Marriage through thru the lens of social justice and the historical, cultural, and spiritual narrative of Black Folk

Location: Hyatt Regency, Schaumburg, Illinois

Cost: Individual $189 Couple $349; Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago Room per night $89

Sponsored By: Arusi Network, Inc., the National Black Catholic Congress, and the Black & Indian Mission Office.

Registration Info:
Register online at: http://www.arusi.org/Events/Symposium/symposium.html

For more information, contact:
www.MarriageOnALampstand.org


Friday, March 4, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sunday, March 6, 2016

Young Adult Retreat

Theme: Heart of Mercy, Fire of Divine Love: Looking on Him Whom We Have Pierced

The Baltimore Frassati Fellowship invites all young adults in their 20s and 30s to attend the retreat.

Location: Mar-Lu-Ridge Retreat Center in Jefferson, MD

For more information: Visit www.baltimorefrassati.org/retreat-2016.html for more information.


March 4-6, 2016

National Medical Association (NMA) 2016 Health Policy Colloquium

Theme: True North toward Health Care Equity: Clinical, Policy, and Social Determinants

The focus of the event will be on clinical, policy, and social determinants of health and impact on individual opportunities to earn a good living, live and work in a safe and healthy environment, and effectively use available social service and health care resources to optimize and maximize healthcare and disease prevention.

Location:
The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745

Cost: 0-$175.00

Sponsored By: The National Medical Association (NMA)

Registration Info:
Registration and Housing:
http://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-medical-association-9285674889

For more information, contact:
NMA, 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 820, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (202) 347-1895


Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM

29th Annual Acacia Awards Celebration

The Acacia Award was established in 1989 by M. Annette Turner in consultation with Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, O.P. to recognize individuals or organizations for their years of service, support, and fidelity to the African American Catholic community.

Location: The Crown Plaza Hotel, 820 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209

Cost: $70.00 per person. Transportation is available for a fee.

Sponsored By: The Diocese of Cleveland, Office of Ministry to African American Catholics

For more information, contact:
vcampbell@dioceseofcleveland.org
St. Agnes - Our Lady of Fatima Church
6800 Lexington Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103


March 10-12, 2016

Unbound: Freedom in Christ Conference

The ministry focus is empowering people to reclaim their true identity in Christ as sons and daughters of the Father through Unbound Ministry. We are dedicated to equipping people throughout the world to take hold of the freedom that they have been given in Jesus Christ, and to help others do the same.

Location:
March 10-12, 2016 in Hendersonville, NC
April 1-2, 2016 in Gaithersburg, MD
April 29-30, 2016 in Laconia, NH

Sponsored By: Heart of the Father

Registration Info:
http://www.heartofthefather.com/heart-of-the-father-ministries/


Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Equal Justice Initiative's (EJI) Annual Benefit Dinner

More information to come.

Location:
New York, NY

Sponsored By: Equal Justice Initiative


Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Oblate Sisters of Providence’s Womens’ Retreat

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Location: The Motherhouse, 701 Gun Road, Baltimore, MD 21227

Sponsored By: The Oblate Sisters of Providence

For more information, contact: Sr. Marcia at 410-499-4617.


Friday, April 29 - Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Black Catholic Convocation for the Archdiocese of Washington Parishes

Attention all Black Catholics and those who serve in the Black Catholic Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Washington! Join us as we gather for The Black Catholic Convocation on Friday, April 29 - Saturday, April 3o, 2016.

Location:
Virginia Merrick Center
4275 4th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20032

Cost: $50.00 per person includes conference materials and supplies, dinner and social hour on Friday, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday

Sponsored By: The Josephite Patoral Center

Registration Info:
http://www.josephitepastoralcenter.org/our-products/the-black-catholic-convocation

For more information, contact:
Denise Bogans (202) 526-9270 or email DBogans@josephite.com


June 7-12, 2016

GIVEN: the Catholic Young Women's Leadership Forum

GIVEN is a full-scholarship, week-long immersion in faith formation, leadership training, and networking with the purpose of fostering the feminine genius and responding to Pope Francis' call to activate women's gifts in the Church.

Location: The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Sponsored By: The Sisters of Life

For more information about applying:
Go to: http://www.givenforum.org/


June 27 - July 15, 2016

Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies

IBCS Summer Session

Location: Xavier University of Louisiana

Sponsored By: IBCS

For more information, contact:
www.xula.edu/ibcs, ibcs@xula.edu, or 504-520-7691


July 1-4, 2017

The Joy of the Gospel in America: A National Convocation of Catholic Leaders

This will be a historic gathering of 3000-5000 Catholic leaders, brought together “to embrace the full vision of what it means to be Catholic and fully engaged in the Church’s mission of evangelization and to program the Church’s vision of the human person”, as called for in the 2013-2016 USCCB plans and priorities.

Location: Orlando, Florida

Cost: Anticipated fee $400 per person.

Sponsored By: Organization United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

For more information, contact:
USCCB, 202-541-3100, FAX 202-541-3166


July 5-9, 2016

Save the Date: July 5-9, 2016 Archbishop James Patterson Lyke Conference

Theme: Black Catholics - Fully Functional, Fully Committed

Meeting the liturgical needs of the Black Catholic community, this conference provides a culturally rich atmosphere encompassing music, art, ritual, along with other activities and experiences that will inspire and enable participants to enrich worship services in their own parishes.

Location: The Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas

Sponsored By: Lykeconference.com

Registration Info:
Access registration information at: www.lykeconference.com
Hotel reservations may be made at:http://www.druryhotels.com/Reservations.aspx?groupno=2226419

For more information, contact:
210-341-1366 for more information


July 6-9, 2017

Congress XII

Theme: “The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: Act Justly, Love Goodness, and Walk Humbly with Your God.” (cf. Luke 4:18 and Micah 6:8).

For almost thirty years, the NBCC has worked to foster efforts to evangelize by providing resources to nourish the identity and faith of Black Catholics; promoting the growth of vocations and ministries; and engaging in our communities in light of Catholic Social Teaching. The NBCC works for the inclusion of Black concerns, cultural expressions, and leadership in the Church.

Every fifth year, we convene a Congress, which are exciting gatherings of Black Catholics and those in ministry in the Black Catholic apostolate, including clergy, consecrated religious, lay ecclesial ministers, and other members of the lay faithful. We have been heartened by the attendance of many of our brother bishops. Over 2300 people have attended the two most recent Congresses in Buffalo (2007) and Indianapolis (2012). The youth track attracted busloads of teens and youth ministers. Each Congress culminates with the development of a pastoral plan of action to guide those who minister in the Black community at the diocesan and parochial level.

We must reaffirm our position on the inviolate value of the life and dignity of every human being. In his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis wrote, “Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the ‘peripheries’ in need of the light of the Gospel” (#20). It is critical for the Church to continue to be involved in the life of the Black community, who experience alienation due to the challenging issues of racism, poverty, and hopelessness.

Location:
HYATT REGENCY ORLANDO
9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com
More details to follow soon.


2016-17

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