||'Taking our faith back'
Rev. Anthony M. Bozeman, SSJ, pastor at St. Raymond and St. Leo the Great Catholi Church in New Orleans, led a three-day revival at St. Benedict Parish, Oakland, with a kick-off Mass Nov. 5. A strong contingent of Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver filled the front of the church, hearing Father Bozeman's energetic preaching. He was accompanied by the music of the Voices of St. Benedict choir. Our liturgy is filled with the "mountaintop experience," he said. "Great things happen on the mountaintop." Moses brought back the 10 commandments; Jesus was transfigured. "We come to this mountaintop every time we enter the house and gather in God's name." Politicians are interested in dividing, he said. "They find every way they can to divide by tapping into hate. … At times like these, we need a Savior, and we have one in Jesus." It's Jesus who can help us take our country back, as we begin our journey in taking our faith back.
Father Bozeman's revival was given as part of Black Catholic History Month, celebrated every November to relate the history and tradition of Black Catholics.
Also in for the month, St. Columba Parish in Oakland offered celebrations that included dance, food, outreach to former parishioners and a dramatization of black saints.
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