Christmas – that time of the year when the courtrooms are once again filled with the not-so-merry sounds of lawyers arguing about rather nativity scenes violate someone’s civil rights or whether Christmas carols can be sung at a school concert.
The Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr., the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church, presides over the midnight Mass on December 25th, 2014.
Selma is the story of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Our society idolizes the so-called- “beautiful people”- popular entertainers and models whose youthful faces dominate the pages of the magazines at the supermarket check-out. But such attractiveness has nothing to do with the kind of beauty that delights the heart of God.
If God sent you to do something significant for Him, how would you expect to be treated? Like a celebrity in a motorcade? How would you expect to feel? Important and confident? Secure in knowing exactly where you were headed and what you were to do?
The Reverend Andrew Charles Smith, Jr., aka Father Drew the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church, presides over the Mass conducted at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois, October 5, 2014 an African American Roman Catholic Church with Deacon Bruce McElrath, Deacon Mervin O Johnson, Mr Tyrone Pittman Minister of Music and Executive Director of Music of the Chicago Black Catholic Choir along with the parishioners of Holy Angels Catholic Church. Videographer & Photographer: Gregory Evans Callaway. Webmaster & Lead Web Developer: Rex Djere
Our Lord’s Return
Nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus said, “I am coming quickly.” Since then, some have wrongly tried to predict when He will return. Others have mocked. Was Jesus wrong? Did something happen that He didn’t foresee?
Abram’s nephew was in a lot of trouble. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, where Lot lived, had been overtaken by a group of raiding kings. They sacked Sodom, captured Lot and his household, and then fled north.
When Abram heard that his brother’s son had been kidnapped, he rounded up 318 trained servants, chased the kidnappers and rescued Lot.
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., the National Geographic Reporters brought Sammy Basso to Holy Angels Catholic Church to fulfill his wish to experience the celebration of a Gospel Mass. Sammy is 18 years old. He suffers from a rare aging disease call progeria. He was born in Italy. Sammy speaks his native language, Italian, and English as a second language.
Economic recession certainly leads to an increase in unemployment. And the higher the percentage of people out of work, the more problems our social agencies have to deal with. Alcohol and drug abuse increases. Domestic violence rises. Crime rates go up. Some people just can’t seem to stay out of trouble when they have idle time on their hands.