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National Black Catholic Congress XI Day of Reflection on August 10
August 7, 2013

On Saturday morning, August 10, 2013, Catholics of African descent from all across the Archdiocese will come together for a "Day of Reflection" engaged in prayer, praise and fellowship at Saint Nicholas Church in the historic 3rd ward of Houston to address the critical issues facing their faith communities. The theme will be Faith Engaged: Empower. Equip. Evangelize.

National Black Catholic Congress XI LogoThis revisits the theme which brought more than two thousands Catholics from all over the United States and beyond to Indianapolis, Indiana in July 2012, for National Black Catholic Congress XI, the eleventh national assembly of Catholics of African descent. One outcome of the meeting was a Pastoral Plan of Action created to inspire and guide Black Catholics in ministry and action over the next five years. Through prayer, discussion and feedback ten areas of action were identified to better empower, equip, and evangelize Catholics of African descent. The ten areas of concentration were Holiness of Life; Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Walking with the Saints; Engaged in Parish Life and Evangelization; Faith Informed; Schools Too Valuable to Sell; Reaching Out to the Next Generations; Vocations-Every Catholic's Priority; Getting Married and Staying Married and The Social Apostolate.

The mission bestowed on each diocesan's Congress Core team was to return to their respective dioceses and design and implement a plan of action (with the assistance of their Faithful) that met the needs of their dioceses and report those findings to the National Office. Here in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston our Day of Reflection will focus on the areas of Engaged in Parish Life and Evangelization; Reaching Out to the Next Generations; Vocations-Every Catholic's Priority; and Walking with the Saints.

The day will begin with morning prayers, remarks from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo followed by presentations and feedback from the aforementioned areas.

The Day of Reflection will begin at 8:00 a.m. It is free and open to all the faithful of the Archdiocese. Attendees will be given information, plans and handouts to help each parish carry out the National Black Catholic Congress XI Pastoral Plan of Action. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

Saint Nicholas Church is located at 2508 Clay Street, Houston, 77002.

For more information, please contact Deborah Ladet at 713-652-4406 or email Deacon Leonard Lockett, Vicar for Catholics of African Descent at leonardplockett@gmail.com.



By Deacon Leonard Lockett
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