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Shipwreck celebrates African-American Day of Prayer
February 15th, 2016
By Debra Greenblat

Twenty seven years ago the pastor of St. Paul of the Shipwreck, Franciscan Father Jim Goode, started the National Day of Prayer for the African-American and African Family – celebrated on the first Sunday of Black History Month. On Feb. 7, St. Paul of the Shipwreck continued the tradition with a Gospel Mass celebrated by Redemptorist Father Rey Culaba, who was associate pastor with Father Goode when it all began in 1989. “It was a great honor” to celebrate the Mass at the parish this year, Father Culaba said. The national day of prayer quickly became an idea recognized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other Catholic groups. This year the theme was “God’s mercy pulls us through.” Father Goode, a Franciscan Friar of the Province of the Immaculate Conception, was among the first African-American pastors in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Today he is pastoral director of Solid Ground Franciscan Ministry, an evangelization ministry with African American families, and the founder and president of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life.

From February 18, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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