The Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Martin De Porres parish was joyous, featuring Gospel music and an impassioned homily that elicited shouts of “Amen!” from the congregation. But throughout the event, there was an undercurrent of uneasiness about the current state of race relations in the U.S.
A mystery persists at Salve Regina Catholic Academy, part of St. Michael-St. Malachy Parish. There, a few years ago, a student challenged the pastor with a decidedly pointed question.
The reopening of churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn and the return to normalcy after COVID-19 means that choirs are back, too. And for many singers, it’s not a moment too soon.
Father Franklin Ezeorah has given a great deal of thought to the message he wants to get across in the homily he will deliver at the Black History Month Mass on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.
For people who like to know what’s what (and you know who you are!), it’s a bit of a challenge sometimes to accept the mystery that is at the heart of our faith. Yet there’s a profound beauty and comfort in that, too, because it is through the Sacraments, Mass, Scripture, and Prayer that our Trinitarian God reveals Himself to us slowly, lovingly, surprisingly, if only partially. It’s an ever-evolving relationship. And when it comes right down to it, isn’t that true of all intimate relationships?
In New York City, African-Americans are dying from coronavirus at twice the rate of whites, according to the city’s Department of Health. Father Alonzo Cox knows the statistics well.
The parish of St. Martin De Porres, Bedford-Stuyvesant, hosted its fifth annual art exhibit at Brooklyn Waldorf School, March 3.Local artists, professional and amateur alike, were invited to display their talents in accordance with this year’s theme: “Let Our Praise Arise.”
Shades of Color, a concert event to celebrate diversity through music, will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church, Bedford-Stuyvesant, May 6 at 4 p.m.
Father Michael Trail was the main celebrant at the Black History Month Mass Feb.11. The guest homilist from the Archdiocese of Chicago, Ill., celebrated at St. Peter Claver Church. The Bedford-Stuyvesant church was originally built for the local black Catholic community under the direction of the late Msgr. Bernard Quinn.
BEING A NATIVE New Yorker, I am very much accustomed to the New York City subway system. Having taken the subway trains all my life to get within the five boroughs, I am aware of how the system works. I am also aware of my surroundings while riding the subway at certain times of the day.