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Summer in Michigan

August 30, 2022

Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Black Catholic Ministry/Cultural Ministries

The Office of Black Catholic Ministry (OBCM) is committed to the spiritual enrichment and advocating for the social needs of the Black Catholic community, its friends, families, and caregivers, through the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To help direct its work, the OBCM has set up a Black Catholic Advisory Board (BCAB), comprised of lay, clergy and religious leaders. The BCAB has met several times and has established the following ministerial priorities for 2022-2024: Building Community (Family); Holiness & Discipleship; Cultural Inclusion and Sensitivity; Vocations and Youth & Young Adults.

On June 19, 1866, the slaves in Texas were notified, finally, that they were free people – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. To locally commemorate Juneteenth, the OBCM, in partnership with the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, held a Holy Mass of Peace and Justice. Fr Ted Parker was celebrant and Deacon Hubert Sanders was homilist, whose message of charity for and with all, resonated loudly with mass goers.

The Nicholas Black Elk St. Kateri Tekakwitha Circle and friends gathered to celebrate the Solstice ceremony to give God thanks for all of creation. “Especially as we are part of God’s creation, not apart from it, in the sense of the sacramentality and life of the sacredness that’s everywhere,” said Fr Charles Morris, NBE Kateri chaplain said in the Detroit Catholic news source. A "Potlatch" (giveaway), a Native American tradition, occurred at the end of the ceremony, where each person was invited to bring an item to the table and take one. It is a way to honor each other with gratitude and kindness.
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