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Subcommittee on African American Affairs e-newsletter is now available online. The April edition highlights what is going on at USCCB and beyond.
50th Anniversary Initiative - Rebuilding the Bridge: In the coming year, the country will celebrate several 50th anniversaries of civil rights milestones. Check out the 50th Anniversary Initiative page for more information about these events and the contribution of Catholics to this movement.
Plenty of Good Room: This recent publication discusses the spirit and truth of African American Catholic Worship.
30th Anniversary of What We Have Seen and Heard: Take a look at the Black Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Evangelization to see what the bishops were saying and how it is still relevant today. Now available in Spanish!
The Subcommittee on African American Affairs is the official voice of the African American Catholic community. The subcommittee attends to the needs and aspirations of African American Catholics regarding issues of pastoral ministry, evangelization, social justice, worship, development of leaders and other areas of concern. The subcommittee also seeks to be a resource for the all Bishops and the entire Catholic Church in the United States. It aims to articulate the socio-cultural dimension of the African American Catholic community and identify or create resources that would allow for an authentic integration of the richness of African American Catholic culture and the Catholic Church in the United States.
Bishop, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
Chairman of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs
There is no joy sweeter than Easter Joy!!! Happy Easter!! And this joy overflows beyond the single day of Easter Sunday and fills the Easter season and every day that we live. There is no love like Jesus Christ's love for us as witnessed in his complete surrender to the Father's will, and his complete victory over sin and death. In the presence of the love that Jesus Christ has for us, the power that sin and death had over us is now conquered. Alleluia!!! Alleluia!!! Alleluia!!!
Easter is about living again the joy-filled reality that God has called us by name and claimed us as his own in baptism, and we are eternally changed by this relationship. For those born of water and the Holy Spirit, these days of the Easter season are experienced as days of rejoicing in the Risen Lord, who by his own dying and rising has set us free from the power of sin and death. The entire Easter season, which begins on Easter Sunday and continues through the Solemnity of Pentecost, invites us to rejoice in the fact that having been faithful to our Lenten observance, we are again renewed in the Promises of our Baptism.
Our great attention to our penitential practices during Lenten season has given way to these weeks of the Easter season during which we rejoice in the Father's love that is offered to us in Jesus Christ and the Sacraments of the Church. As African-American Catholics, may we always rejoice in God's love for us, and keep our Easter faith alive throughout the year! God's blessings to all during this Easter season! Alleluia!
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