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   Black Catholic News [ January / February 2016 ]

A New Year. A Renewed Resolution to Follow Christ.

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The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to examine what we hope to achieve in our lives and how much progress we have made toward its fulfillment. What we aspire to do is a reflection about who we understand ourselves to be.

In mid-January, the Christmas season ends with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas season focused on the unique identity of Jesus and what He intends to do. The love of God has been manifested in the flesh, moved by His desire to cleanse humanity from that which He did not create in us. When God created us in His image, sin and death were not a part of the design. The baptism of the Lord shows how Jesus will accomplish this mission of redemption - in the world by His choice and within us by our cooperation (cf. Luke 3:21-22).

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 A New Year. A Renewed Resolution to Follow Christ.
 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
 Letter to the NBCC Editor
 Do Your Homework for This New Year’s Resolution: Going Back to School
 Know Your Drug Costs Before You Leave the Doctor’s Office
 “Be Not Afraid … the truth will set you free” - A Youth Vocations Pilgrimage
 Time Management Tips for the High School Kids
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Living Mission Interculturally: Faith, Culture, and the Renewal of Praxis
 Author Spotlight:
Anthony Gittins, CSSp
NBCC Spotlight
 St. Joseph’s Seminary in Washington, DC: These Seminarians have a lot going on!
 Phyllis Johnson Receives Award
Upcoming Events
 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
 The Joy of the Gospel in America: A National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
July 1-4, 2017
 Congress XII
July 6-9, 2017
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 NBCC Survey: The Results Are In
 Employment Opportunity: Black Catholic Ministry Coordinator
 Pope Francis, in Kenya, emphasizes missionary discipleship, ecological concern
 Ugandan martyrs are true heroes, Pope says during visit to nation
 Love your enemies, Pope preaches in strife-torn Central African Republic
 2015 Centennial Celebration Comes to a Close at St. Joseph Catholic Church in “Old Town” Alexandria
 St. Joseph Centennial Time Capsule Presentation and Blessing
 NBCC at the National Catholic Youth Conference 2015
 Lord, Make Us Channels of Your Peace
 Black and Catholic In The U.S.
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Do Your Homework for This New Year’s Resolution
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.

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“Be Not Afraid … the truth will set you free”
“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 KidsTime 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.

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St. Joseph’s Seminary in Washington, DC: These Seminarians have a lot going on!
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 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
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 [2015], the second and third days of his apostolic journey to Africa.

Ugandan martyrs are true heroes
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
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
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.

St. Joseph Centennial Time Capsule
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.

Black and Catholic In The U.S.

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015 - Nov. 20, 2016

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Spirituality >>

Answering the Call: Recognizing God’s call to religious life
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
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 >>

Drug Costs
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 PraxisLiving 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, CSSpAnthony 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 >>

National Catholic Youth Conference 2015
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.

Channels of Your Peace
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.

NBCC Survey >>

The Results Are In! - The NBCC would like to thank our great community for participating in the online interest survey. The response from our constituents was very strong: of the 383 respondents, 261 completed the survey and 82 answered all but a few questions. This equals a 68% completion rate from parishioners, parish staff, and diocesan staff from 86 different arch/dioceses across the United States and one outside of the U.S. A summary of the major findings from this survey follows.

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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