Heritage and faith were celebrated in unison on Sunday, Feb. 25, as the Diocese of Brooklyn recognized its diversity during the Mass of Thanksgiving for Black History Month. Energized Catholics of all cultures filled the pews of Immaculate Conception Church for the service, organized by the Vicariate Office of Black Catholic Concerns.
To commemorate Black Catholic History Month, an honorary Mass was celebrated at the Basilica of Old St. Patrick Cathedral on Saturday, Nov. 18, in recognition of the impact and future of Black Catholics in the Church.
Blessed objects — like Bibles, prayer books, crucifixes, and rosaries — that have been blessed by a priest and have become damaged or worn out over time are not to be discarded with household trash but rather should be disposed of in a reverent manner.
Black Catholic religious vocations emerge from a long tradition of faith, nurtured by silence and prayer within the life of the church, said a religious sister at an event dedicated to those vocations.
The Diocese of Brooklyn has the largest number of Black Catholics of any diocese in the country — according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — and the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns works to ensure that their voices are heard.
Bishop Robert Brennan celebrated a Mass in honor of the Feast Day of St. Peter Claver on Sept. 9 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.
During the month of February, we as a nation celebrate Black History Month. We celebrate the accomplishments that people of color have made throughout our society.
Ryan Edwards, 14, was born decades after Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington and delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. But the teenager said King’s message resonates with members of Gen Z like him.
Celebrated every November, Black Catholic History Month was established in 1990 by the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus to highlight the contributions of the black faithful to the Church in America. Our Lady of Victory Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant was the site of this year’s celebration in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The Diocese of Brooklyn marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of St. Peter Claver Church on Sept. 9 — the saint’s feast day — with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.