Call To Action >>
Calling all string instrumentalists!
If you love playing in an orchestra and have a strong desire to share your gift for God’s glory, Tonya Dorsey, The NBCC director of music for Congress XII wants you to be a part of the music liturgy. Because Tonya will be using a string orchestra during the liturgies, she is looking for musicians that play violin, viola, cello and bass. Although most of the music will be made available beforehand, musicians should be able to sight-read on an intermediate to advanced level. She is especially looking for volunteer musicians that live in the Orlando area; however anyone is welcome to submit their name. Musicians will be chosen to participate based on their ability to read music as well as improvise and their desire to donate their time and talent. College and high school students are welcome. Please prayerfully consider taking part! Full Story
Special Report >>
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
Dec. 8, 2015 - Nov. 20, 2016
Re-posted with permission from Collette Power, Catholic Birmingham
How will the Year of Mercy look in your parish?
One Hearing about the Year of Mercy a few weeks back got my really excited….
Yes I’m easily excited when it comes to mission, but seriously what a
tremendous gift to any wanna be evangeliser! It got me thinking what would
this look like in a parish? How can we respond? How can we be more effective
instruments of his mercy in our town? It really is an incredible opportunity
for parishes everywhere to open wide the doors and welcome home the lost. Full Story
Life Style >>
The National Black Sisters’ Conference: Answering the call to serve - During the September visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., he retold the story of St. Katharine Drexel’s discourse with Pope Leo XIII wherein he asked: “What about you? What are you going to do?” With that in mind, it seems fitting that the National Black Catholic Congress should interview Sr. Callista Robinson about the organization she heads, the National Black Sisters’ Conference (NBSC).
The Ordination of Robert Boxie - The National Black Catholic Congress would like to congratulate Robert Boxie on his Ordination to the Diaconate! Boxie, a graduate of North American College, Fourth Theology, was born and raised in southwest Louisiana. He earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, practiced law for 3 years, and taught English in France.
Youth & Young Adults >>
Father Josh Raps to Glorify God - Fr. Joshua Johnson (he’s cool with Fr. Josh), a Catholic priest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, provides an honest testimony about his path to the priesthood. Rapping about his love for Jesus, his message is infectious, inviting, and energizing. Watch this Youtube Video to hear about his faith journey and why Catholic youth are responding to his witness.
Cultural Appreciation Day ~ More than a Slogan Friday September 25, 2015, the Holy Name of Jesus School, Los Angeles, California, students and faculty celebrated their cultural diversity with a parade and dance party. Like the many colored threads that make up their flags so too do their cultural similarities and differences make up the beautiful tapestry which is the school and parish.
NBCC Spotlight >>
Remembering Sr. Thea, “Teaching Scripture with the Spirituals” - If Sr. Thea Bowman was living today, she would be seventy-eight years old. Imbedded in this soul sister were several gifts that she freely gave to her community. She was an educator, actress, and singer who had a profound effect on many in this world. One of her friends commented that she made you happy to be alive. In my own experience while attending the Black Catholic Congress in Washington D.C., she told me to “always feel free to express God’s gifts to the Church.”
NBCC News >>
Xavier University of Louisiana to present ‚ÄėBlack Lives Matter‚Äô conference - Exploring the Issues of Race, Violence & Poverty - Melinda Shelton, Mid-City & More columnist in New Orleans, Louisiana, presented an article highlighting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ conference hosted by the prestigious Xavier University.
20th Anniversary Million Man March demands ‘justice or else’- Saturday, October 10, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on Washington, DC. This year’s march, organized by Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, brought men and women together with a message of “institutional reform in social justice issues affecting the black community” according to CNN reporters Emanuella Grinberg and Ralph Ellis.
The Racial Divide in the US Revisited: An Interview with Bishop Edward K. Braxton - Bishop Edward K. Braxton, one of ten African-American Catholic Bishops, discusses his concerns about the issue of race relations in the United States today. This interview with the National Catholic Register presents Braxton’s view of how to shed “light on how Catholics can work together to bridge the divide.”
Synod Diary: A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose, Except When It Is Not
Somerville Siblings Find Family Calling as Catholic Deacons
Blacks and Catholicism: It‚Äôs not an oxymoron
12 year old black boy ‘suspended for staring at white girl’
America’s most famous Black Catholic priest, Augustus Tolton
Cardinal Sarah: ISIS and Gender Ideology Are Like ‘Apocalyptic Beasts’
A Look at Junipero Serra, the Church’s Newest Saint
Dozens of new grads join the ranks of Kenya’s Catholic nurses
Career Opportunity: Assistant or Associate Professor, Pastoral Theology, Emphasis in Black Catholic Theology
USCCB Committee Chair and CCUSA President Welcome Bi-Partisan Leadership On Criminal Justice Bill
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A Family Celebration: Love is Our Mission - Attending the World Meeting of Families in September will be one of those experiences referred to for years as “important”, “amazing”, “inspirational”. In the weeks to come much will be written to help the Church digest and absorb the fruit of this historic gathering. Additional programs and gatherings in the evenings complemented the four days of congress presentations so that one could literally spend all waking hours of that intense week giving God the glory.
Pope Francis leaves lasting impression in the hearts of pilgrims - The four pilgrims from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Houston, Texas, experienced the opportunity of a lifetime to be in the presence of Pope Francis in the United States. They attended the Mass of Canonization for Junipero Serra and the Joint Meeting of the US Congress in Washington, DC. They continued their journey and experienced the Festival of Families and the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in Philadelphia.
The Chalice is a symbol of Consecration
In 1997, to find a concrete way to encourage the parishioner to pray and promote vocations Fr. Francis M. Hull, SSJ, now former Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Alexandria, VA established the Vocation Chalice Program. In the back of the church is the Vocation Chalice sign-up sheet. At the end of the 11 am Sunday Mass a family or Individuals are called by the Deacon to come forward to receive the Box with the Chalice and blessing.
Health & Wellness >>
10 ways to help a grieving person
- Go to the wake or funeral, or both. It is extremely hard to witness grief this way, but it is also an extraordinary act of love and compassion to show your support by being there. It means a lot. Offer specific help. Writing thank you notes, cook meals, provide childcare-anything you can do. Vague offers of ‚Äúcall me if you need anything‚ÄĚ will likely not be taken up.
Examples of Important Health Disparities - Health disparities between African Americans and other racial and ethnic populations are striking and apparent in life expectancy, death rates, infant mortality, and other measures of health status and risk conditions and behaviors.
Book of the Month >>
God or Nothing: A Conversation on faith with Nicolas Diat - In a new book from Ignatius Press, Cardinal Robert Sarah, known as one of the most prominent and outspoken Cardinals in the Catholic Church, gives witness to his Christian faith in a fascinating autobiographical interview, God or Nothing: A Conversation on Faith with Nicolas Diat.
Author of the Month >>
Cardinal Robert Sarah - According to the Ignatius Press website, Robert Cardinal Sarah was born in Guinea, West Africa. Made an Archbishop by Pope John Paul II and a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, he was named the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis in 2014.
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