AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATED WITH
MASS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Chicago, IL (February 1, 2010 - For the 32nd consecutive year, Catholic School students from throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago will gather to celebrate African-American Heritage Month with a special Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior in Chicago. Eight hundred students are expected to attend from Catholic elementary and secondary schools in Cook and Lake counties.
The Mass will incorporate Scripture readings and music emphasizing the fifth Kwanzaa principle of NIA, or purpose. Fr. David Jones, Pastor of St. Benedict the African-East Parish, Chicago, will serve as celebrant, and the homily will be given by Fr. Freddy Washington, pastor of St. Ambrose Parish on Chicago’s south side.
A choir composed of Catholic school and religious education students from across the Archdiocese will perform the liturgy’s NIA-themed music. Timothy Walker, music director at St. Thaddeus Church on Chicago’s far south side, will direct the special choir, and a dance group, under the direction of Yolanda Horton, of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, will also present their own, unique tribute to African-American culture during the Mass.
In recognition of African-American Heritage month, Archdiocesan schools in Cook and Lake counties are incorporating NIA in studies and projects as a way of teaching students to incorporate the theme of purpose in everything they do.
This annual celebration occurs during the observance of Catholic Schools Week, January 31 through February 6, whose theme this year is Catholic Schools: Dividends for Life.