Busy Black History Month Concludes at Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart Parish in Richmond focused
its celebrations of Black History Month every Sunday morning in February. Each
week featured the Mass
Dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man by the Rev. Clarence Joseph Rivers, the first African-American
priest ordained in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. An internationally known
composer of American Catholic music, Fr. Rivers was a pioneering force in the
Catholic liturgical movement of post-Vatican II. He believed that a worshipping
congregation should participate in liturgies that were inspiring - not dull. He
spent his priestly life teaching Catholics how to be fully engaged in their
worship during Mass. Gospel and Spirituals, appropriate to the day’s readings,
completed the repertoire.
Feb. 5: Sister Cora
Billings, RSM, great grand-daughter of a Georgetown slave, shared her
experiences of “growing up Black and Catholic” and her life-long struggle
against racism and inequality.
Feb. 12: Mr. Richard
D’Abreu, Director of Music Ministry at Second Baptist Church and a professional
jazz saxophonist, accompanied the choir, added a special spirit to the music
and addressed the congregation on inclusionary music in the liturgy. After Mass,
Ms. Beverly Ross, chair of the Black History Month Committee addressed this
year’s theme—The Power of Black Education.
Feb. 19: Fr. Mario
Powell, SJ, Director of the REACH program at Regis High School, celebrated and
preached. He focused on the gospel mandate to “love your enemy” from the
Ignatian perspective of conversion of heart. His personal examples touched the
hearts of the congregation.
Feb. 26: Black History Month
Celebrations concluded with a “soul food” breakfast after Mass in
the Hall of All Nations.
Sacred Heart Parish,
known for its majority Latino congregation, is also home to a growing
multi-cultural, English-speaking worshipping community.
May 19, 2018 — On day one of his first official visit to Canada since being elected Superior General of the Jesuits in late 2016, Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., started his agenda-packed day at Regis College in Toronto doing something he loves: meeting Jesuits in formation.
May 18, 2018 - Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ, the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) will be visiting Canada from May 18 – 30. Watch a video greeting, released ahead of his visit.
On June 9, six East Coast province Jesuits will be ordained priests at the Fordham University Church. Their ordinations come after extensive formation experiences that are deeply rooted to the traditions and the vision of our Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius Loyola. Their ordination symbolizes life and hope for the Church, the ongoing proclamation of the Gospel, and humble and loving service of God’s people.
The commencement speakers set to address thousands of graduates of the 12 East Coast Jesuit colleges and universities are a diverse group of inspiring men and women, including a 103-year-old literary pioneer who may be the oldest person ever to deliver a commencement speech.