This week I want to share a couple of resources with you all in honor of Black History Month. Every year we celebrate and honor the many men, women, and children that have impacted not just the black community, but the society as well. Men and women that stood up for injustices and for what they believed. There can be many parallels between this and with the church’s teaching on issues related to social justice and that alone can be a lot to discuss with your children. Also you can talk to your children about the many heroes of the faith, that the Catholic Church calls Saints who were African American or of African descent.
Here are some resources for you and your children this week:
The Basilica of Saint Mary, here in Norfolk has its own connections to the African American community and they are also having seminars throughout the month: Black History Month Seminars
Here is interesting documentary of the history of St. Joseph Catholic School in Richmond that is possibly the first Black Catholic Church in the south. https://vimeo.com/500720815
Lastly, for Black History Month, here is a nice article for you to share with your children that talks about some of the Saints within our tradition: History of African American Catholics
This last article to share gives some great ideas for practicing and praying through the season of Lent this year. I hope that some of it is helpful! Lent Ideas