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January 31, 2008


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics observes Black History Month with the following events:

Friday, February 1, 2008
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, 63rd and Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia - 215-476-6511
8:30 a.m. - Opening Black History Month for Students, Faculty and Staff

St. Francis de Sales Parish School, 47th Street & Springfield Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-222-5819
9:00 a.m. - First Friday Mass and Recognition of Ms. Germania Boatright, Class of 1975 and teacher at St. Francis de Sales Parish School for 25 years

Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 19th National Day of Prayer for the African American Family
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Church, 6611 Ardleigh Street (Upsal and Ardleigh Streets), Philadelphia - 215-438-5279
10:00 a.m. - Opening Mass for Black History Month for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Mass will be celebrated by Father Stephen D. Thorne, Director, Office for Black Catholics of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Pastor of Saint Therese Church.

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Saint Peter Claver Center for Evangelization, 12th & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia - 215-735-3164
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. African American Catholic Spirituality Day

Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Green & Logan Streets, Philadelphia - 215-842-1287
11:00 a.m. - Sr. Mary Roger Thibodeaux, SBS, Guest Speaker, Evangelization in the African American Community

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, Upsal & Ardleigh Streets, Philadelphia - 215-438-5279
10:00 a.m. - A Celebration of African American History sponsored by the Men of Saint Therese

Saint Cyprian Parish, Cedar Avenue & Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia - 215-747-3250
11:00 a.m. - Black History Month Celebration

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Cardinal Dougherty High School, Second Street & Godfrey Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-276-2300
7:00 p.m. - Black History Month Presentation by Students of Saint Athanasius - Immaculate Conception School

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Saint Peter Claver Center for Evangelization, 12th & Lombard Street, Philadelphia - 215-735-3164
10: 00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Workshop on Sacred Dance

Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute, 1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Book Signing, Reception 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. An Evening with Dr. Camille Brown Author of African Saints, African Stories: Forty Holy Men and Women

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saint Martin de Porres Parish Hall, 24th Street & Lehigh Avenue - 215-228-8330
10:00 a.m. Mass followed by Black Art and History Exhibit

Saint Benedict Parish School, Medary Avenue & Garnet Street, Philadelphia - 215-424-8073
1:00 p.m. Black Heritage Speech & Poetry Contest

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Saint Martin de Porres School (Germantown), Green & Logan Streets, Philadelphia
6:30 p.m. Black History Month Presentation

Friday, February 29, 2008
Our Mother Sorrows and St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Schools, 1008 North 48th Street, Philadelphia, 215-473-5828
Heritage Day and all day celebration of African American heritage

St. Benedict Parish School, Medary Avenue & Garnet Street, Philadelphia - 215-424-8073
12:00 p.m. Assembly honoring African American Achievements

Saint Raymond of Penafort Parish, Vernon Road & Williams Ave, Philadelphia - 215-549-3760
7:00 p.m. Legacy of Pride! - A Black History Month Celebration

Father Stephen D. Thorne will be the celebrant for the Mass celebrating the conclusion of Black History Month:

9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church
23rd Street & Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia

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.

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

Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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