Special Announcements / Black History Month Events


Black History Month Schedule

St. Joseph Revival

Beginning Sunday February 17th at our 10:00AM Mass our Revival begins.  Fr. Chester Smith, SVD a leading Evangelist will be our presider and speaker for three days.

Chester P. Smith, S.V.D.cHESTER

Was ordained in 1988 in Chicago making history by becoming the first African American twin priests in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.

One of three missionary priests that make up the Bowman-Francis Ministry Project, which was founded in 1993 by the Society of the Divine Word to serve the Black Catholic Diaspora. The international ministry strives to implement educational programs and materials designed to foster cross-cultural awareness from an Afro-centric perspective, addressing the problems facing today’s families of African descent and the communities in which they live.

Chester Smith are co-authors of “Boyhood to Manhood” (1993), a rite of passage manual for African American boys and a manual for the African American Family Kwanzaa celebration, “My Family, Our Family” (1995).

Fr. Chester is the founder of Ambassadors of the Word, a peer group ministry that helps African American youth development and has served as President of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus.


Mother Venerable Henriette Díaz DeLille (March 11, 1813 – November 16, 1862) was an African-American French Créole woman from New Orleans, Louisiana, who founded the Roman Catholic order of the Sisters of the Holy Family in that city. Composed of free women of color, the order provided nursing care and a home for orphans,                                        later establishing schools as well.Henrietta DeLille.png

Harold Robert Perry, S.V.D. (October 9, 1916 – July 17, 1991) was an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. An auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans for more than twenty years, he was the first African American to serve as a Catholic bishop in the 20th century.

Harold Perry SVD


Mary Lange, O.S.P. (1784-1882), born Elizabeth Clarisse Lange, was an African-American religious sister who was the foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, a religious congregation established to allow African-American women to enter religious life in the Catholic Church. The cause for her beatification has been opened and thus she is honored as a Servant of God by the Catholic Church.

elizabeth LNG

Sister Thea Bowman Cause for Canonization. Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA, left an indelible mark on her community and on her Church. She lovingly taught young people about the joy of being Christian, she challenged her church to accept her as “fully black and fully Catholic,” she embraced her suffering with a willing spirit and she called all to a living faith.










Pastoral Council

Mr. Kareem Sandy – Youth Ministry – Pastoral Council Chairperson

Mrs. Daisy Albury – Columbiettes

Mrs. Garth Albury –  At Large – Choir

Mr. Richard Chalwe – Altar Servers

Mr. Louis Casteneda – Facilities Committee

Mr. Hugh Davis  –  At Large – Outreach Ministry

Mrs. Kathi Dorsey – Office Volunteers – Art and Environment

Mr. Charles Greenslade – F.A.S.T.

Ms. Dorothy Jones – Legion of Mary

Mr. Jerry Junevicus – Faith Formation

Ms. Agnes Mbano – Nurses

Mrs. Diesel Pilot – Religious Education

Mr. Gene Poplawski – At Large – Seasonal Parishioner – Bible Study

Ms. Nicole Sanches  – 1 Year Advisor for Realestate and Eucharistic Ministers

Ms. Patricia VanAlstine – Bereavement Ministry