San Diego, join us for the Goretti Group Friday Dec 4th

The Goretti Group
The Goretti Group

Please join us Friday December 4th for a GLORIOUS evening filled with Grace.

The Goretti Group welcomes EWTN Personality and Internationally Renown Catholic Lay Evangelist Richard Lane. Mr. Lane will be speaking about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Advent and Chastity.

“This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of mission… to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s Mercy” ~ Pope Francis

Please join us at Our Lady of the Rosary 1629 Columbia St., San Diego, CA. 92101. Adoration and Confession at 5:30; Holy Mass 6:30; Meal will be served at 7:30 and Mr. Lane’s presentation will begin at 8pm. ALL are welcome to join us!

November is Black Catholic History Month – November 12th

St. Monica
St. Monica

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Today we celebrate the life of St.  Monica.

She was married by arrangement to a Pagan man in North Africa. Although he was much older than she, and generous, he was also a very violent man. Her mother-in-law was equally as difficult to deal with as she lived with them as well. Monica had three children, Augustine, Navigius and Perpetua. Through her persistent and patient prayers, Monica’s Husband and Mother-in-law were both converted to the Catholic Faith in 370a.d. Her husband died a year later. Perpetua and Navigius both entered into Religious life, while Augustine, well, lets say he LIVED his life in a very … SECULAR way. St. Monica prayed for 17 years, begging the prayers of Priests, who for a while, tried to avoid her because of her great persistence. Augustine was baptized by St. Ambrose in 387AD. Monica died later that same year while on her way back to Africa, from Rome.
Let us all pray for mothers whose children have fallen into the ‘secular world’ and who are IN and OF the world. Let us learn persistence in our own prayers, and cease not our crying out to Jesus. For the tears we cry, MUST be heard in the Heavens.
St. Monica, ora pro nobis!
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November is Black Catholic History Month – November 10th…

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We continue our celebration of Black Catholic History Month today, November 10th, in telling the stories of those who have made a significant impact upon the Church. Those of African, African-American and those of non-color that have helped to advance the Gospel Message to millions around the world and especially in this Nation. 
 
 
“And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.” (Matthew 27:32)
 
Today we reflect upon the life of St. Simon of Cyrene, although much is not known about this man ‘of color’, his small contribution is not only told in the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew and Luke, but we also reflect upon his ‘mission’ in the 5th Station of the Cross.
 
As Simon was walking into the city of Jerusalem with his two sons, he noticed the hustle and bustle of the city, which was normal, but it seemed a bit different on this trip. As we in modern day society know with traffic accidents, things slow down and everyone wants to ‘rubber neck’ and watch; so was the case in this time. Simon, with his two sons in tow, moved closer to the commotion when he realized it was ‘this Jesus’, the reported Messiah; the Healer, the Preacher and the Teacher; the one who claimed to be ‘the Son of God’, had been arrested, beaten, set with a crown of thorns upon his head, and was being led to His execution; even forced to carry his own instrument of death – the Cross.
 
I place myself in the same position as Simon was in and thinking as a father would, with his children present, ‘what should I do’? I would like to believe that I would have done the same as Simon; ensuring my children were safe and then press forward to see if there was anything (however little it might be) that I could do.
 
I am certain that Simon was appalled at what was transpiring and more than likely shouted at the Roman Soldiers, for doing what they were doing, when all of a sudden, a Soldier forced Simon ‘into service’; demanding that he (Simon) pick up the Cross and carry it for Jesus. Imagine looking down upon Christ, broken, battered, bloodied and bruised; picking up this ‘tree’ that had fallen upon him and helping him (Christ) to his feet.
 
Let us learn from this great Saint our ‘mission’; we too must bear our share of the burdens for the sake of the Gospel. We too must pick up the Cross of Christ and carry the Good News of Salvation into all the strata of humanity; extolling, Christ destroyed Death, so that we might LIVE IN HIM, forever more…
 
Thank you St. Simon of Cyrene for teaching us love and compassion; for giving us strength and courage to pick up the Cross of Jesus, for the sake of all mankind!
 
St. Simon of Cyrene, Pray for us!
 
Blessings and Peace, and remember… KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON!!!

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November is Black Catholic History Month – “How we got over”

Nightwatch Services – “How We Got Over”…

Night WatchI have seen this on the internet several times and feel impelled to share it. This is part of the History of the United States, Black, White, Hispanic, et. al. We are all brothers and sisters in the Lord and share in it’s struggles and triumphs. This article is only a small portion of the strength, faith and love millions had and continue to have for this Nation. God bless you and God bless the United States of America!

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“Many of you who live or grew up in Black communities in the United States have probably heard of “Watch Night Services,” the gathering of the faithful in church on New Year’s Eve.


The service usually begins anywhere from 7 p.m. To 10 p.m. And ends at midnight with the entrance of the New Year. 


Some folks come to church first, before going out to celebrate. For others, church is the only New Year’s Eve event. Like many others, I always assumed that Watch Night was a fairly standard Christian religious service — made a bit more Afro centric because that’s what happens when elements of Christianity become linked with the Black Church. 

Still, it seemed that predominately White Christian churches did not include Watch Night services on their calendars, but focused instead on Christmas Eve programs.
In fact, there were instances where clergy in mainline denominations wondered aloud about the propriety of linking religious services with a secular holiday like New Year’s Eve.

However, there is a reason for the importance of New Year’s Eve services in African American congregations. 

The Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as “Freedom’s Eve.”
On that night, Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law.
Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free.

NightWatchWhen the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God.
Black folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year’s Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year.

It’s been 145 years since that first Freedom’s Eve and many of us were never taught the African American history of Watch Night, but tradition still brings us together at this time every year to celebrate “how we got over.””

Richard Lane Ministries

November is Black Catholic History Month – November 7th…

Thank you for celebrating Black Catholic History Month. Today’s post is thanks to HolyAngels.com

“Henriette Delille, a descendant of slaves, is the first US-born black whose cause for Canonization has been officially opened by the Roman Catholic Church. At the early age of 14, she was one of ten black girls who taught religion to the slaves of old New Orleans (which was illegal at the time). Her family, however, had other plans. She 

was born to an ancestral quadroon family who trained and supplied women to be the mistresses of white men – which Henriette refused to do, since she wished to be a nun.

In 1836 she and another woman tried to establish an interracial religious community, but found great resistance in the laws of the time which forbad whites and blacks from living together or developing formal contractual agreements. This setback only made her more determined. Her biography states that she believed that “One day, somehow, she, a woman of African descent, would be a nun in New Orleans, the slave mart of the country, where her people were in distress and no one was going to persuade her to go elsewhere or do anything else.”

Henriette’s dream came closer to reality in 1842 when she and two other formed a “pious union” which eventually came to be known as the Sisters of the Holy Family. The group cared for people who were elderly, orphaned, illiterate, sick, dying and the poor of her own race. In 1852 this group took formal vows for the first time, and in 1870 were recognized by the church as a religious community. Still, it was not until 1872 that they were allowed to wear a habit, so controversial was their group.

One nun of her order, Sr. Sylvia Thibodeaux said “Without her courage and strong faith, this community would not have existed. We revere her memory ands want the universal church to share in the beauty of her life …”

Her life commitment continued to inspire controversy in every part of New Orleans. Quadroons thought she was rebellious and stubborn. Whites thought she was uppity because she aspired to a life that they had reserved for white women. The Sisters of her order were ridiculed by women and sexually harassed by white men. The institutional Church regarded their work as “harmless” religious education of blacks. The city regarded their work as defiance. The black men and women of new Orleans regarded them as “family” – a holy family who comforted, fed, housed and educated the disinherited of American society.

Henriette died in 1862 – but her dream lives on in the 250 Sisters of the Holy Family working in 4 states, and Belize, Central America. Her story has now piqued the interest of Hollywood (to her supporters dismay) – entertainer Vanessa Williams portrayed Sister Henriette Delille in a 1999 made-for-TV movie about Henriette’s life called “The Quadroon Ball”. Rev. Cyprian Davis has written a comprehensive biography of her life. The first step in the process to have her declared “Venerable” by the Catholic Church has begun.

But whatever the world or formal church decides about Henriette, there is no doubt that before God and the world, she was a strong black Catholic woman of faith – a model of “God overcoming”.

The above graphic and the following prayer for the canonization of Sister Henriette Delille are from the website indicated below.

Prayer for the Beatification of Henriette Delille

O good and gracious God, you called Henriette Delille to give herself in service and in love to the slaves and the sick, to the orphan and the aged, to the forgotten and the despised. Grant that inspired by her life we might be renewed in heart and mind. If it be your will, may she one day be raised to the honor of sainthood. By her prayers may we live in harmony and peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.””

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November is Black Catholic History Month. Sister Thea Bowman

Black Catholic History Month – November 6 we celebrate one of my FAVORITE modern day (should be saint one day) giants of Catholicism, the great Sister Thea Bowman. She was and continues to be an AWESOME example for us all. Read and share her story.

November is Black Catholic History Month, where we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us, that have made a significant impact upon the Church in the United States of America. Today we celebrate the life of a non-canonized saint (but she is a Saint in the truest form of the word to millions), Sister Thea Bowman.

Black nun being examined for sainthood‘She touched everybody’s heart,’ Homewood pastor says in recalling his encounterswith Sister Thea Bowman

Friday, November 28, 2003

By Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sister Thea Bowman’s pleas for racial understanding could move men to tears. At a U.S. Catholic

bishops’ conference in 1990, she told the mostly white Catholic hierarchy that black is beautiful.

 
 

“God didn’t make junk,” she said, challenging the bishops to do more to celebrate the gifts and legacy of black American Catholics.

Though Sister Thea, as she was called, was weakened by bone cancer and used a wheelchair, she drew from the Negro spiritual and was “in no ways tired.”

She spoke of an old-time religion that bound people in love and then went on to lead the bishops in singing “We Shall Overcome.”

When she finished, the bishops wept, gave her a standing ovation and lined the hallway to greet the frail black woman draped in African robes as she exited the building.

“She touched everybody’s heart,” said the Rev. David Taylor of Homewood’s St. Charles Lwanga parish, as he recalled the conference and his personal meetings with Sister Thea.

“She could go into any place and spiritualize it.”

From a rural crossroads town in Mississippi, Sister Thea began a journey that made her a nationally known speaker, singer, liturgist and advocate of black spirituality.

Before she died of cancer at 52 in 1990, her work landed her a spot on CBS Television’s “60 

Minutes.” Harry Belafonte met her in Mississippi in 1989 in hopes of doing a movie on her life. Novelist Margaret Walker Alexander started but never finished a biography of Sister Thea.

The Catholic Church has begun the process of closely examining her life to see if she is worthy of canonization, but to those who knew her, Sister Thea is already a saint.

There are black women among the church’s 4,500 saints, most notably St. Monica, the mother of the North African St. Augustine, who is credited with shaping Catholic theology, but no American black women.

Besides Sister Thea, two other black American women are being considered for sainthood: Mother Mary Lange, who started Baltimore’s Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1829, and Mother Henriette DeLille, who founded an order restricted to black women in New Orleans in 1842.

But Sister Thea, who has been called Mother Teresa with soul, is a contemporary figure.

There are 62 million American Catholics — about 2 million of them black. It would have powerful resonance to see someone like Sister Thea — who walked among them — elevated to saint.

“She left us — African-Americans — more encouragement to be who we are and to be more effective leaders in the church,” said Taylor.

Sister Thea is recalled each March at Duquesne University, which holds a dinner in her honor to raise scholarship funds for black students. The recognition moves beyond the campus Sunday as a Pittsburgh tri-parish committee commemorates Sister Thea as part of its yearlong Celebration of Black Saints.

“She did so much to affirm blacks in the church,” said Taylor. “Her sainthood would be a victory for us all.”

Sister Thea, the granddaughter of slaves, was born “Bertha” in Yazoo City, Miss. Her father was a physician and her mother a teacher. Public schools in the Mississippi Delta were so bad that after five years, Sister Thea still could not read.

Her distraught parents, who highly valued education, sent her to the Holy Child Jesus, a school for black children run by the Franciscan order of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

The dedicated nuns never shied from “begging” for better books or gym clothes; they had the strong students tutor the weaker ones; they involved the children’s parents in fund-raising.

Sister Thea was baptized Episcopalian and raised as a Methodist, but, because of the strong influence of the sisters, became a Catholic at 10. Her life was shaped by their work.

“I had witnessed so many Catholic priests, brothers and sisters who made a difference that was far-reaching. I wanted to be part of the effort to help feed the hungry, find shelter for the homeless and teach the children,” she wrote 13 years ago when preparing notes for an autobiography in a Catholic magazine.

At 15, she entered the Rose Convent in LaCrosse, Wis., as a first step toward becoming a Franciscan nun, taking the name Thea. She was the first and only black person at the convent.

Sister Thea went on to earn master’s and doctorate degrees in literature and linguistics and became a national presence for promoting intercultural understanding.

She started in her own back yard, going home in 1978 to help care for her elderly parents and teaching about the Native American and black American heritage in Mississippi.

“The heck with the melting pot,” she once wrote. “If you want to melt and fit into my mold, if you want to adopt my values and way of life, go right ahead, but don’t expect me to melt to fit into yours.”

Sister Thea preached that for Africans, Asians and Hispanics to assimilate or melt into the pot was to become “half gray.”

It was a dulling of the cultures that she thought robbed people of the “richness, beauty, wholeness and harmony of what God created.”

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November is Black Catholic History Month…

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Father Augustus Tolton the first Black Priest Ordained for the United States.

(1854-1897)

Augustus Tolton was born of the marriage union of Peter Paul and Martha Jane Tolton in Ralls County, Missouri on April 1, 1854.  He had one older brother, Charles, and two younger sisters, Cordella and Anna.  These children were all born into the same slavery to which their parents were subjected.

Peter Paul Tolton, in looking at his condition, could see nothing but the abuse 

of his people. He has his family were subject  to the rules of another man’s life. As the Civil War began in 1861, Peter escaped slavery and joined the Union Army to fight for his family’s freedom.  Tragically, he was among the 180,000 other Black men who were killed during that war. He died in St. Louis Hospital.

Martha Tolton, a strong and courageous woman, fulfilled her husband’s long quest for freedom. She gathered her children and walked to freedom by crossing the Mississippi River. Reaching safety, she spoke to her children, “Now you are! Never forget the goodness of the Lord!”  Augustus was seven years old when he and his family reached Quincy, Illinois. He remembered his mother’s counsel, and never did forget the goodness of the Lord.

Prior to their escape, the slave owners of the Tolton family (the Elliots) had all their slaves baptized; so upon reaching Illinois, the family became members of the Roman Catholic Church.  They continued to practice their faith after becoming free. Augustus was enrolled in Catholic School for a time, but had to withdraw because of the racial prejudice of the parishioners who protested the presence of a “Negro” in the school.  Some of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who staffed St. Boniface School tutored Augustus until he got enrolled in St. Peter’s School, where he was allowed to attend classes.

As he grew, Augustus began to desire to serve the Lord more deeply by becoming a priest. However, at that time, the American Catholic Church did not allow black men to be admitted to studies in United States seminaries. Request to have Augustus admitted to an American seminary fell on deaf ears. His parish priests, disheartened by the prejudice of those in charge of seminaries, began to tutor Augustus themselves.

In 1878, he was admitted to Franciscan College at Quincy, Illinois as a special student.  However the two parish priests (Frs. McGuirr and Richardt) continued their efforts to get him into a seminary. In 1880, they were successful, and Augustus left for the Propaganda College in Rome to prepare for priesthood.  For a time, Augustus thought that he would be sent to Africa to serve as a missionary after ordination; but Cardinal Giovanni Simeon thought it best that he return to his home country and diocese of Alton, Illinois. The Cardinal said “America needs Negro priests. America has been called the most enlightened nation, we will see now whether it deserves the honor. If the United States has never seen a Black priest, it must see one now. Can you drink from this cup?”  Despite knowing well the resistance he would surely face upon returning, Augustus answered the call, “I can drink of the cup of the Lord!”

Fr. Augustus Tolton was ordained on April 24, 1886, as the first known and recognized Black priest in the United States of America. Returning to the United States, he ministered for two years as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Quincy, Illinois. He quickly gained a reputation as a fine preacher, so much so that many of the German and Irish Catholics began to attend Mass with the Black Catholics! He was most attentive to the spiritual and human needs of his people. Soon his Masses and instruction classes gained prominence, and he was asked to attend and speak at many public gatherings.  His increasing popularity unleashed both hidden racism and the jealousy of both Catholic and non-Catholic ministers in the area. His enemies referred to his church as “that nigger church”, and to him as ‘the nigger priest”.

The extent of the persecution Fr. Tolton received especially from the other Catholic pastor in Quincy (Fr. Weiss)  led to his transfer from Quincy to Chicago. Then Chicago Archbishop Feegan thought this gifted young black man would have a powerful impact in the Chicago diocese.  Upon arriving there, Tolton ministered in a South side church basement that was known as St. Augustine’s, and later became St. Monica’s Church.  Parishioners eventually found him an apartment at 448 East 36th Street, and his mother and sister moved in with Fr. Tolton, who had been given jurisdiction of all Blacks in Chicago, and had become the first Black pastor in Chicago. Although the formal church building was never totally completed, the parish continued to gather at the small chapel on 36th and Dearborn Streets for Mass and other assemblies. St. Monica’s became the center of Black Catholic life for more than 30 years.

Augustus Tolton continued to be well known in Chicago and the United States. He spoke at numerous gatherings and lectures, including the 1st Catholic Colored Congress in Washington DC in 1889. Catholics in Boston and New York heard him speak, and he preached at places like the Cathedral in Galveston, Texas and many others. Papers throughout the country played up Fr. Tolton’s unique role as the only full blooded Black priest in the American Catholic Church. Augustus was proud of his Blackness, and extremely devoted to his people.

Perhaps it was because he was so devoted and hard-working that his life was cut short far too early. In July 1897, he journeyed with other Diocesan priests to make a retreat, returning on an excessively hot day on Friday, July 9, 1897. As he stepped from the train at 35th Street and Lake Park, and began walking home, he was stricken by a heat stroke and rushed to Mercy hospital. He died that night at the age of 43.

Later, the first Black Catholic Bishop, Harold Perry, SVD, wrote this of  Fr. Augustus Tolton: “Fr. Tolton found his opposition within the Church and among church people, where compassion should have offset established prejudice and ignorance. It was his lot to disprove the myth that young Black men could not assume the responsibility of the Catholic priesthood.”

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God’s Open Door of Mercy is waiting not only for you to walk through it, but bring others with you. This Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy begins on December 8, 2015 and runs through November 26, 2016. During this time our Holy Father Pope Francis has set forth several edicts for Dioceses, local church’s, as well as families to understand and follow. This will be an opportunity for all of the Church to understand our primary calling; to be a sign; a witness; an instrument of God’s Mercy.

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November is Black Catholic History Month

Patron Saint of Infantryman
Patron Saint of Infantryman

November is Black Catholic History month and for November 4th we celebrate the life of St. Maurice. The below listed information is courtesy of Catholic.org. Check their site for more information on this great Saint.
“Maurice was an officer of the Theban Legion of Emperor Maximian Herculius’ army, which was composed of Christians from Upper Egypt. He and his fellow legionnaires refused to sacrifice to the gods as ordered by the Emperor to insure victory over rebelling Bagaudae. When they refused to obey repeated orders to do so and withdrew from the army encamped at Octodurum (Martigny) near Lake Geneva to Agaunum (St. Maurice-en-Valais), Maximian had the entire Legion of over six thousand men put to death. To the end they were encouraged in their constancy by Maurice and two fellow officers, Exuperius and Candidus. Also executed was Victor(October 10th), who refused to accept any of the belongings of the dead soldiers. In a follow-up action, other Christians put to death were Ursus and another Victor at Solothurin (September 30th); Alexander at Bergamo; Octavius, Innocent, Adventor, and Solutar at Turin; and Gereon (October 10th) at Cologne. Their story was told by St. Eucherius, who became Bishop of St. MauriceLyons about 434, but scholars doubt that an entire Legion was massacred; but there is no doubt that Maurice and some of his comrades did suffer martyrdom at Agaunum. Feast day – September 22nd.”

Lord today we pray for those men and women who have been sent into combat. Not only do we pray for those who have fought in many wars, those who have lost their lives, but we pray especially for those who are in service today. Through the intercession of St. Maurice we ask Lord that You would continue to protect, guard, guide and lead them safely back home. Bless and keep their families safe and God Bless our Nation and the world. In Jesus Name we pray… amen, Amen and AMEN!

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November is Black Catholic History Month

November is Black Catholic History Month

Saint Martin de PorresToday November 3rd, we celebrate the life of St. Martin de Porres.

I have had many people throughout the years ask me why I wear something over my alb when I serve at Mass as an acolyte. It is called a Scapular. Not the brown, green or red scapular that is wool and worn under clothing, but the cloth garment scapular that was worn by men in the early church who were lay persons. This is my way of celebrating and honoring not only our Catholic heritage but our African Ancestral Catholic heritage.

St. Martin de Porres was a Lay Brother who wanted to become a religious, but due to his mixed racial ethnicity he was not allowed to do so. He was ridiculed by many, both religious and not, merely for his mixed racial make up and the fact that he was descendant of slaves.

At an early age, Martin had the desire to serve others and serve his Church, of which he did by working in the kitchen and feeding the poor who came to him by way of the alley. Martin grew up in deep poverty, but was placed with someone of whom he learned the trade of Barbering and medicine. He would cut hair and provide much needed medical attention to those who would not normally be able to receive it.

Martin continued to provide unconditional care for all people, regardless of their economic situation or racial make up. He helped the rich and poor, and would often times give of his own bed to those who were diseased and infected.

Patron Saint of Barbers, Public Health Workers and Inn Keepers.
Patron Saint of Barbers, Public Health Workers and Inn Keepers.

The story of this great Saint, who is the first an only Saint of African Decent from North America (he hailed from Lima, Peru), and is the patron of Mixed Race people, Barbers, Public Health Workers and Inn Keepers. So next time you stay in a hotel, tell the person who cleans your room, their patron Saint is Martin de Porres!

St Martin, pray for us, that the Holy Spirit would give us the same spirit of unconditional love and service our Lord granted you. Father we thank you for the great witness and work of Your Servant Martin de Porres, that we as Laity might continue to emulate his example of service to all people regardless of their economic, racial, sexual orientation, or religious make up and affiliation. Let us all see and encounter Your Face, Lord, in those whom we serve daily. In the MIGHTY Name of Jesus we pray… amen, Amen and AMEN!!!

 

 

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