African American celebration series
at St. Columba Parish
"Follow Jesus by Faith in Community and Service" is the theme for the 36th African American Celebration Series at St. Columba Parish, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.
During the five-week series guest speakers will address the congregation at weekend Masses, at 4 p.m. Saturdays and at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
The series begin the weekend of Jan. 13 and 14 with speaker Sister Irma Dillard, RSCJ, director of Mission, Most Holy Redeemer Parish, San Francisco. The Ujima Catholic Community Service Award will be presented at the 10:30 a.m. Mass and a reception will follow.
Father Maurice Nutt, former director, Institute of Black Catholic Studies, will speak at the parish revival at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19, and he will speak at the weekend Masses of Jan. 20 and 21.
Rev. Deborah L. Johnson, Inner Light Center, Soquel, will speak the weekend of Jan. 27 and 28. The St. Columba Mass Gospel Choir Workshop, directed by D. Mark Wilson, St. Columba Choir director and M. Roger Holland, will take place during the week.
Father Bryan Massingale, professor of theology, Fordham University and author of "Racial Justice and the Catholic Church," will be the guest speaker at Masses the weekend of Feb. 3 and 4; and Bishop Fernand Cheri III, OFM, vicar general, auxiliary bishop, Archdiocese of New Orleans, will speak at the Feb. 10 and 11 weekend Masses.
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