Let the Church Say Amen
Jesus Christ is asking each of us to invite more people to a true encounter and lifelong relationship with Him as His disciples. It is an element of our own baptismal rite to do so. Our evangelization efforts will require us to identify new, outward-reaching ways to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world given significant societal shifts over the past decades.
2019 African American Speaking Series 

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:15 a.m.
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 7:30 p.m.

St. Sabina
78th Place and Throop
Chicago, IL 

St. Sabina is proud to host social critic and author Dr. Cornel West, "The Good Doctor" actor Hill Harper, mother of Trayvon Martin Sybrina Fulton, and "Blackish" actor Anthony Anderson to the 2019 African American Speaking Series. All events are free and open to the public. A free will offering will be taken up and all talks will take place in the church sanctuary. We will see you there! 
Afrocentric Mass

Sunday, February 24, 2019
10 a.m.
Holy Name of Mary Church

1401 West 112th Place
Chicago, IL 

Join us for Mass as we celebrate our African American heritage, ancestors, and family. Included in the Mass will be African drummers, a wonderful choir, and beautiful praise dancers. 
Solemn Blessing of the Statue of St. Josephine Bakhita

Sunday, February ,17 2019
9 a.m.
St. Adrian Church

7000 West Washtenaw
Chicago, IL 

Come join us to celebrate the presence of the "Universal Sister" among us! The ceremony will be presided over by Bishop Joseph Perry and will be followed by a reception.
Mass as we celebrate our African American heritage, ancestors, and family. Included in the Mass will be African drummers, a wonderful choir, and beautiful praise dancers. 
It Takes A Village
We must help our parishes and schools have adequate resourcing for vitality inclusive of finances, facilities, and leadership. Our renewal efforts must focus on new ways to create vibrant parish life, including compelling liturgies and the seven signs of parish vitality.
One Night Only

Sunday, February 17, 2019
1 - 4 p.m 
St. Katherine Drexel Parish

9015 South Harper Avenue
Chicago, IL 60619
Advance Tickets $25
Tickets at the Door $30

Youth on the Move presents One Night Only, an event filled with the music of Luther Vandross, Mary Wells, and James Brown. It is sure to be a great time!
Soul Food Feast and Heritage Celebration

Sunday, February 17, 2019
1 p.m. - Soul Food Feast
3 p.m. - Heritage Celebration 
Holy Angels Church

615 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, IL 

Holy Angels Church, the Chicago Black Catholics Choir, St. Nicholas Choir of Evanston and other special guests invite you to a Soul Food Feast and Heritage Celebration.  Come join us!
2019 Augustus Tolton Annual Lecture

I, too, am America? Race, Religion, and Politics in the Age of Trump

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Catholic Theological Union

Room 210
5416 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 

Dr. Stacy Davis, Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary's College, will speak at the 19th annual Tolton Lecture on the topic of race, religion, and politics in the era of Trump. 
Visit for more information on this and other upcoming CTU events. 

Did you know? 

An excerpt from "Augustus Tolton: The Church is the True Liberator"

Did you know?
(An excerpt from “Augustus Tolton: The Church is the True Liberator”)
In 1868, at the age of fourteen, Augustus Tolton took classes at the log-cabin Lincoln School near 10th and Oak streets for three months, when the tobacco company was closed for the winter. His time in the segregated Lincoln School was not a good one for the tall, dark-complexioned youth. Because he could not yet read or write, teachers placed him with the younger children, for which he likely received taunts from the older students.
A year later he moved on to St. Boniface School at the behest of the pastor Father Herman Schaefermeyer. That lasted only one month. White parents and parishioners of St. Boniface demanded that Augustus be removed from the school. They wrote letters in protest and threatened to leave the church and withdraw their financial support. The white students also taunted Augustus in class.
Can I Get A Witness?
The Holy Spirit is urging all of us to be witnesses to the compassion and redemption of Jesus Christ. We must come together in solidarity and bring the light and hope of Christ to a world in need.
Semi-Retired? Retired? Open the Doors of Your Heart!
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps may be for you! Members of this Jesuit service program volunteer in poor and marginalized communities two days per week (September-June), grow deeper in their Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, and meet monthly with other IVC members and a spiritual reflector. IVC members serve as tutors, employment counselors, food pantry volunteers, elderly companions, hospital chaplains and more!  Detailed information is online at (click on ‘Chicago’). To inquire, please contact Jacqueline Fitzgerald at 312.961.6206 or

25th Annual Archbishop James P. Lyke African American Male Image Award Luncheon

Sunday, February 24, 2019
2 p.m.
Georgios Banquets

800 West 159th Street
Orland Park, IL
Tickets are $50

The Knights of Peter Claver and the Ladies Auxilary St. Felicitas-St. Alibe Court #181 at St. Katherine Drexel Parish invite you to join in celebrating and honoring outstanding men and high school seniors for their outstanding service to the Church, school, and community. For more information please contact Lady Bobbie Levy at 773.387.2544 or Lady Earline Graham at 773.721.9269 or email

26th Annual Friends of Sister Chea Bowman Humanitarian Legacy Award 

Saturday, March 30, 2019
12 - 4 p.m.
Dynasty Banquets Ramada Inn Conference Center

4125 Calumet Avenue
Hammond, IN 46320

Join us in honoring those who have shared the love of Jesus Christ with others and uplifted their communities at the Friends of Sister Thea Bowman Humanitarian  Legacy Award ceremony! For more information please contact Vivian Clark at 708.642.9402 or Michelle Tines at 312.213.3851 or email

Visit the Black Catholic Initiative Webpage
Click Here by Monday, February 25 to Appear in the March Issue of The Drum!
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