African Gathering Day: African Catholic Celebration

October 13, 2005

Nearly 1,000 people from more than 30 African nations who are now living in the Washington region will gather for the second annual African Gathering Day, featuring an African-themed liturgy, food and lively entertainment as well as the launch of the African Catholic Association of the Archdiocese of Washington:

Saturday, October 29, 2005
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Hall
12319 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

9:30 a.m.: Mass (in church)
11:30 a.m.: Refreshments
Noon: Launch of African Catholic Association
12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Art exhibits, music and African food

8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.: Dinner gala, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring

Reflecting the cultural diversity of the many African Catholics that call the Archdiocese of Washington home, music for the Mass will be sung in several African languages by a choir comprised of people from African communities located throughout the Washington area.

The newly-formed African Catholic Association (ACA) will be formally established following Mass. The ACA aims to bring together the diverse African Catholic communities within the Archdiocese to celebrate and share their Catholic faith and unique gifts as children of God. The celebration will continue with a wide variety of African food prepared by the participants, art exhibits and music. The Mass and other daytime events are free and open to the public.

The day will end with a festive dinner gala. Gala tickets are $20/each. To order tickets or for more information, contact John Mubiru, 703-790-3324, or Jean-Bernard Neim, 240-593-5065.

African Gathering Day is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington’s Office of Black Catholics and the African Catholic Association.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
[email protected]