It was revitalized in 2005 by Deacon Charles Mitchell of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish. The BCA, is dedicated to enriching the cultural, educational and spiritual development of its members and community.
The group sponsors three events each year: the annual Juneteenth Barbeque Scholarship Fundraiser, the Black Catholic History Mass and Quilt Raffle, and the Kwanza Celebration Mass.
The proceeds from the fundraisers provide scholarships to deserving African-American students graduating from the eighth grade who will attend a Catholic High School in the fall.
The BCA usually meets on the first Thursday of each month, sometimes rotating between the local parishes.
CONTACTS: Edwina Clay – (626) 840-3562; or Rayne Stewart – (626) 794-5567
RAPPING PRIEST INSPIRES AFRICAN-AMERICAN YOUTH
Fr. Joshua Johnson is a newly-ordained priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was recently the keynote speaker at the African-American Youth Congress in Lafayette, LA, an annual gathering of 600 teens, which is sponsored by Catholic Extension.
Fr. Joshua uses the medium of rap music to communicate his message. He says,“We need to immerse ourselves in Jesus’ word so that he can speak truth to us.” Even if some of the skeptical young people aren’t totally convinced of Fr. Joshua’s message, they are at least compelled to hear him out, because it’s not every day that you meet a priest who raps.