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February 2, 2007


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events. Father Stephen D. Thorne, Director, Office for Black Catholics and Pastor, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Church, will be the celebrant for the Opening Mass for Black History Month for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on:

Sunday, February 4, 2007
10:00 a.m.
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church
6611 Ardleigh Street (Upsal & Ardleigh Streets)
Philadelphia - (p) 215-438-5279

Monday, February 5, 2007
Saint Donato Parish School, 405 North 65th Street, Philadelphia - 215-748-2994
2:30 p.m. - Monday, February 5th through Wednesday, February 28th - Each day a student will read over the public address system about a black hero such as Maya Angelou, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Marian Anderson.

Friday, February 9, 2007
Christ the King Parish School, Morrell Avenue and Chesterfield Road, Philadelphia - 215-632-1375
11:00 a.m. - Dr. Trudy Brown will speak to the students of Christ the King Parish School. Dr. Brown was educated by Mother Katharine Drexel.

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Saint Peter Claver Center for Evangelization, 12th and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia - 215-735-6134
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. African American Catholic Spirituality Day

Thursday, February 15, 2007
Saint Katharine Drexel Parish School, 1920 Providence Avenue, Chester (Delaware County) - 610-872-7358
7:00 p.m. - Presentation on Black History
Holy Child Academy, 475 Shadeland Avenue, Drexel Hill (Delaware County) - 610-259-2712
7:30 p.m. - Celebration of Black Art & Culture with the Saint Martin de Porres Gospel Choir and Messiah Praise Dancers

Saturday, February 17, 2007
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1020 Prince Street, Philadelphia - 215-843-9468
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Black History Month Celebration

Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saint Raymond of Penafort Parish, Vernon Road and Williams Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-549-2402
11:00 a.m. - Memorial Tribute to Sister Beatrice Jefferies, SBS
Saint Cyprian Parish, Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-747-3250
11:00 a.m. - Youth Celebration for Black History
Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, 17th & Morris Streets, Philadelphia - 215-334-2312
11:30 a.m. - Black History Month Celebration

Thursday, February 22, 2007
Cardinal Dougherty High School, 6301 North Second Street, Philadelphia
7:00 p.m. - Students of St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception School - (215-424-5045) will perform Black History Show "A Journey in Time."

Friday, February 23, 2007
Saint Peter Claver Center, 12th and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia - 215-735-6134
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Catholic Faith through Black Art
Saint Raymond of Penafort Parish School, 7940 Williams Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-549-2402
7:00 p.m. - Students in grades 4 through 8 will present their annual Legacy of Pride. This year's theme is: "An Evening of Tribute to Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks." The students' presentation will consist of tributes from the continent of Africa, Caribbean, United States of America and Saint Raymond of Penafort Catholic School.

Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saint Martin de Porres Parish School, 23rd and Lehigh Streets, Philadelphia - 215-223-6872
12:30 p.m. - "Black in Wax" Black History Program
Saint Cyprian Parish, Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-747-3250
2:00 p.m. - African American Film Festival

Monday, February 26, 2007
Saint Cyprian Parish, Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-747-3250
7:00 p.m. - Black History Month Program

Black History Month celebrations will conclude with a special Mass celebrated by Father Stephen D. Thorne:
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
10:00 a.m.
Saint Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church
Williams Avenue and Vernon Road
Philadelphia - (p) 215-549-3760

The Office for Black Catholics facilitates participation of the Black Catholic community in the life of the Church. Black History Month is an annual celebration that began in 1926.

For more information, please contact the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics at 215-587-3634.

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Editor's Note: Please contact Parish/School directly if you plan to an cover event.

Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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