Message from Our President – July 2013

Message from Our President – July 2013

16. August, 2013UncategorizedNo comments

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King never lost faith in his spiritual beliefs. He never lost faith in what God could accomplish in His people then and the generations that would follow. It is hard to imagine the tenor of the times for those who did not experience it. For those who were unborn it can only be viewed in black and white news reels or faded pictures in history books…It is challenging to appreciate 1963, for there were no guarantees back then. There had been no 1964 Civil Rights Act. There had been no 1965 Voting Rights Act. For back in 1963 powerful people in this country, and not only the politically powerful but the financially powerful as well, blocked those reforms. But Dr. King did not despair. Dr. King had faith. In 1963 He took 250,000 of his friends who had not lost faith to Washington D.C., the seat of power in this nation of ours. He called us to Washington to expose to the world and indeed ourselves that we are a bright and capable people filled with faith and hope. With millions watching on television he expressed his faith in all we were doing and the faith in what we had not yet become. He said that he had a dream that one day in the state of Georgia that the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners would sit down around a table of brotherhood.

Much has happened since Dr. King was torn from us. If he was here today, his view of the United States would be vexing. For it seems that over time, for every step we took forward we have taken two steps back. This country voted overwhelmingly for a man rooted in Africa as the President and then the government, filled with his political opponents gutted the very law that propelled him into office. One step forward and two steps back.

We continue to face the difficult issues we thought won. And yet because of his faith in God, if Dr. King was here today, he would still have faith in us to solve the problems that divide us. And if he had given that same speech today, he might say, “I had a dream that one day in the state of Georgia,” but he might add … “In the board rooms and in the classrooms, in the seats of economic and political and judicial power in this nation, that the sons and daughters of former slaves and the sons and daughters of former slave owners,” might sit down around the table of brotherhood and truly learn to love one another.”

Today Dr. King would be vexed indeed, searching for the voice of outrage, the voice that speaks when injustice lays claim to justice and righteousness is struck down by the hand of indecency. Wondering why our court systems, our school systems and our economic systems remain stacked against the poor and the powerless and yet the voices of the influential are inexplicably still. Yes, Dr. King would be vexed. One step forward and two steps back.

Our communities are in shambles. The twin demons of drugs and violence have taken up residence and too often sway the souls of our people from peace to that of “I’m gonna get mines.” And “Get rich or die trying”. The decency and richness of what we have been has been betrayed by who we have become. And the silence is deafening. One step forward and two steps back.

I believe Dr. King would want us to become unglued to the trappings of the satisfied and stand unsatisfied until every child is filled with joy.

So the time is now…the time to act.

It is time to act because God is still on His throne…It is time to act because Christ has called us to be fishers of souls… It is time to act.

Because the arc of the moral universe is long but bends towards justice…Because there beyond that dim unknown standeth God within the shadows keeping watch above his own…

It is time to act because we must awaken to a dream yet unfulfilled.

It is time to act because St. Josephine Bakita and Father Augustus

Tolton both acted through poverty, slavery and sickness…

It is time to act because too many people live in poverty, are enslaved to worldly desires, living by greed and dying by violence.

It is time to act knowing the long and difficult path that is ahead

…It is time to act because ,“We walk by faith not by sight…”

This is the path we must all learn to choose… The path of Faith, in this

Year of Faith…

We are the church…We are the ones that God has called to go deeply

Into our own faith, our own willingness to act…to stand watch…to let

nothing ever stop us from responding to God’s almighty call. And we

must not be too busy, too afraid or too politically correct to respond

in public and in private to a culture of violence that permeates our

communities  and must be overcome… All that we, the church can do,

we must do…And all of us must do something.

Art Miller

Black Catholic History Month Concert

Black Catholic History Month Concert

4. October, 2011UncategorizedNo comments

Saturday, Nov 5th, 2011

The Mass Choir of the Archdiocese of Washington
Nova Tate – Director

Black Catholic History Month Concert
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
St. Jerome Catholic Church
5205 43rd Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Deacon Al Douglas Turner, Director
Office of Black Catholics

Fellowship and Reception immediately following concert in the Church Hall

Authentically Black!  Truly Catholic!

Authentically Black! Truly Catholic!

4. October, 2011UncategorizedNo comments

Black Catholic History Month Event on Enduring the Faith

November 19, 2011
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Our Lady of Good Counsel
8601 Wolftrap Rd. Vienna, VA 22182

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  • – What kept Black Catholics in the Church in the past?
  • – What’s our status in the Church today?
  • – What will keep us in the Church?

Most Rev. Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Washington, celebrant;
Rev. Maurice Nutt, C.Ss.R., D.Min., Bible-led, spirit-fed pastor, preacher, teacher;
Dr. Edwin Nichols, noted expert on multi-ethnic and cross-cultural differences; and
Jackie Wilson, former Washington Archdiocese director, Office of Black Catholics.

Registration fee of $25 covers food, drink and materials.

Register online only at  www.richmonddiocese.org/obc
no later than Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

For more information, contact Pam Harris at
(804) 622-5104 or pharris@richmonddiocese.org

Sponsors: Archdiocese of Washington
Dioceses of Arlington and Richmond


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