Jesus the Giver of Life – Make Us People for Life
Black Catholics Choose Life – Help Others Choose Life
New York, NY May 2,
2006 (blackcatholicsforlife.org). “Black Catholics choose life and help
others choose life,” stated Father Jim Goode, OFM, President of the
National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life, as he announced the fourth
annual “June as Abortion and All Acts of Violence Awareness Month 2006,
in the African American community. Our theme: Jesus the Giver of
Life – Make Us People for Life.
“We will witness the
sacredness of life in all our churches, institutions, national Black
Catholic conferences, summer family reunions, festivals, church trips,
and neighborhood gatherings. Wherever our people will assemble during
the month of June and throughout the summer months, someone representing
NBCAL will be there praying, proclaiming, and mobilizing African
Americans to choose life and help others choose life,” Father Goode
Why the month of June?
June is the month of the Sacred Heart. During the month of June we
celebrate the Feast of the Sacred
Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary and Our Mother of Perpetual
Help. June is also the month that we celebrate the Feast of
St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, the young Ugandan Martyrs who gave
their lives for the faith. Thus, the National Black Catholic Apostolate
for Life perceives June as an ideal month to evangelize for life.
Father Goode went on to say that our evangelization for Life mission has
been entrusted to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart
of Mary - as we Choose Life and Help Others Choose Life.
“Our mission as Black
Catholics for Life during this awareness campaign is to go from heart to
heart, soul to soul, life to life, and invite our African American
sisters and brothers to join us in choosing life,” stated Father Glenn
Parker, CSsR, Vice Province Vicar of the Redemptorist Vice Province of
Richmond, and a member of the NBCAL Board of Consultants.
The Board of
Consultants of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life has fully
embraced this Pro-Life Awareness Project, which calls for the end of the
evil of abortion and all acts of violence that are destroying life in
the African American community. “The success of last year’s awareness
month has given us renewed enthusiasm,” stated Dr. Beverly A. Carroll, Executive Director USCCB: Secretariat for African American Catholics
and founding member of the NBCAL Board of
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