| Black History
The African American Celebrations, the annual series
of liturgies, workshops and presentations that recognizes and honors the
history and culture of African Americans, is winding down its month-long
run at St. Columba Church in Oakland.
The celebration, which began Jan. 15, has as its theme, “Wouldn’t
Take Nothin’ For My Journey Now!” A guest preacher, whose
name was not available as The Voice went to press, is expected to speak
at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Feb. 12. Later that week, choir
directors, choir members and others who love to Praise the Lord in song
are invited to attend the widely acclaimed Rawn Harbor Experience from
Feb. 15-18. Rawn Harbor, who will conduct the gospel music workshop, is
director of liturgy at St. Columba Parish, adjunct faculty member and
director of liturgy and music at the Franciscan School of Theology in
Berkeley, adjunct faculty and director of the Gospel choir at the University
of San Francisco and coordinator of liturgy and adjunct instructor, Xavier
University of Louisiana.
Bishop Emeritus John Cummins will preside at the celebration’s final
Sunday Mass on Feb. 19. At the 10:30 a.m. Mass, the UJIMA Award will be
presented to Rev. Paul Ross Vassar, pastor at St. Leander Church in San
Leandro. He served as pastor at St. Columba from 1981-1991.