Eleven-year-old gymnast Arianna Asarian is this year’s grand-prize winner in Cablevision’s Black History Month essay contest. The fifth grader from Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Dyker Heights, aspires to win an Olympic gold medal one day – just like her role model Gabby Douglas.
In celebration of Black History Month, St. Mary, Star of the Sea parish, Far Rockaway, will have a special movie event on Sunday, Feb. 28.
“Let us give thanks for the opportunity for our two dioceses to celebrate our ancestry together for the first time in so many years,” said Darcel Whitten-Wilamowski.
Black Catholics have been part of the Church since Biblical times, said a visiting bishop as the diocese marked Black History Month.
The current situation in our country, especially in the City of New York, brings to mind the question of racial and class divide in our society. I am grateful to my brother Bishop Edward Braxton, of Belleville, Ill., for his reflection on “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015.”
Jesuit Father Gregory Chisholm says local black Catholics must strengthen their families, churches and communities so that their light may shine more abundantly in Brooklyn and Queens.