Catholic Parishes across America kick off Black History Month on the first Sunday of February by celebrating the National Day of Prayer for the African American Family on Sunday February 4, 2018. The Solid Ground Franciscan Ministry offers inspiring and uplifting prayer, reflection and family activity suggestions.
There currently are six Black American Catholic candidates for sainthood.
For all American Catholics they are models of holiness and service. Let us continue to pray for these candidates. Learn more about all of these holy women and men here.
The life of Servant of God Augustus Tolton now is immortalized on stage with the new play “Tolton: From Slave to Priest.” Tolton, a former slave, is the first Catholic priest openly recognized as being African American. His moving story brings hope to our society that so desperately needs his message of reconciliation and healing. The highly-acclaimed one-man drama from Saint Luke Productions embarked on a national tour in Fall 2017, and is scheduled for three live performances in the Dallas Diocese on April 10, 13 and 14, 2018. For an exciting preview visit: https://youtu.be/_4C_E5hSxLk
The Pastoral Plan of Action was developed by delegates who were appointed by bishops from every diocese in the United States. These women and men brought the concerns and needs of their local communities, and worked together to develop a list of pastoral priorities. These priorities led to a Preamble, which was presented and affirmed by the Assembly at the close of Congress XII in Orlando. It was the intention of the delegates that every individual, parish, community, and diocese use the Preamble to guide their unique pastoral planning with Black Catholics for the next five years.
The document is organized into seven topics each with objectives for actions to be taken in dioceses and parishes. The preamble itself and the topics and objectives are somewhat different than other pastoral plans. There is a spiritual dimension to all of it, but the plan gets very specific, for example, a commitment “to address the challenges of mental illness, mass incarceration, domestic violence, and other issues that challenge the sanctity of life." While the topics are not placed in order of priority. It is up to the individual diocese and parish to decide what their focus will be. You may download a full copy of the document.