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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Subcommittee on African American Affairs e-newsletter is now available online. The October-November edition highlights what is going on at USCCB and beyond including several upcoming events.

50th Anniversary Initiative - Rebuilding the Bridge: In the coming year, the country will celebrate several 50th anniversaries of civil rights milestones. Check out the 50th Anniversary Initiative page for more information about these events and the contribution of Catholics to this movement.

Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself:  We are pleased to present excerpts from Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself: U.S. Catholic Bishops Speak Against Racism. These short essays from several bishops articulate the perspectives of different cultural groups, address racism as a whole and provide suggestions to combat racism.

30th Anniversary of What We Have Seen and Heard: Take a look at the Black Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Evangelization to see what the bishops were saying and how it is still relevant today. Now available in Spanish!

 

African American

 

The Subcommittee on African American Affairs is the official voice of the African American Catholic community. The subcommittee attends to the needs and aspirations of African American Catholics regarding issues of pastoral ministry, evangelization, social justice, worship, development of leaders and other areas of concern. The subcommittee also seeks to be a resource for the all Bishops and the entire Catholic Church in the United States. It aims to articulate the socio-cultural dimension of the African American Catholic community and identify or create resources that would allow for an authentic integration of the richness of African American Catholic culture and the Catholic Church in the United States.

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Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre,

Bishop, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
Chairman of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs


Advent and Christmas message from the Chairman of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs

My dear friends in Christ:

...we should reflect upon the role that mercy should play in our lives. 

Pope Francis in Miseridordiae vultus has stated to us that Jesus Christ is the 'Face of the Father's Mercy'.  The Pope reminds us that mercy has a human face, the face of Jesus Christ.  Born at Bethlehem to set us free from the power of sin and death, Jesus Christ bestows upon us the Father's boundless mercy.  During this Holy Year of Mercy, we should reflect upon the role that mercy should play in our lives.  We should seek to receive the Father's mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and we should also desire to be 'merciful like the Father' to others, especially by undertaking the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.  The Corporal Works of Mercy are:  to give food to the hungry; to give drink to the thirsty; to shelter the homeless; to clothe the naked; to visit the sick; to visit the imprisoned; to bury the dead.  The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:  to instruct the ignorant; to counsel the doubtful; to admonish sinners; to bear wrongs patiently; to forgive offences willingly; to comfort the afflicted; to pray for the living and the dead.  If we engage in these activities, the mercy of the Father will flow through us to others.

In these days of Advent, let us prepare to welcome the Lord when he comes in glory at the end of time.  During the Christmas season, may we desire to be like the Magi and the Shepherds and make our way to encounter Jesus Christ and be forever changed by his Love. At all times during this Holy Year of Mercy, I pray that we will seek the Father's mercy for ourselves, and then share that same mercy with others.  I hope and pray that this Christmas is a season of grace and peace for you, and that you will know many blessings in the New Year!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

+Shelton J. Fabre

Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre
Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux



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