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St. Mary Magdalene parish, Springfield Gardens, celebrated its 20th annual Black History Month Mass on Sunday, Feb. 16. Sponsored by the St. Mary Magdalene Women’s Group, the theme for this year’s celebration was “Advancing the Dream and Going Beyond the Legacy Left For Us.” The members of the Women’s Group processed into Mass with large images of the late Nelson Mandela to commemorate his life and legacy. Women’s Group members also participated in the Mass as lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and ushers. The guest celebrant was Father Alonzo Q. Cox, below, parochial vicar at St. Clare’s, Rosedale, who imparted a powerful message that wisdom is not doing for self but rather for others. He also said that Catholics should not be afraid to be disciples of Jesus, as all things are possible through Christ, who strengthens us. The celebration included praise and worship through song and praise dancing. After Mass, a light lunch was provided to gather the community in discussion about black heritage and being a people of faith.

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