DEACON WALKS IN RECESSIONAL PROCESSION Permanent Deacon Arthur L. Miller, director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries, walks through an honor guard of Knights of Columbus in the recessional procession at the end of a Mass for Caribbean Catholics in June at St. Justin Church in
June marked the third annual commemoration of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
As a local part of the observance, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated the well-attended liturgy that was rich in Catholic and
The Caribbean Mass was organized by the Hartford Chapter of Caribbean Catholics of North America (CCNA), an organization aimed at helping
The national CCNA organization emerged in response to a pastoral statement, Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops unanimously approved in 2000.
There is much to celebrate, said Dawna Glave, president of the Hartford Chapter of CCNA, in welcoming remarks before the
It is the first time a Caribbean Mass celebration was held in the Hartford Archdiocese, she said. Establishment of the national CCNA and revitalization of the local CCNA Chapter are other reasons for festivities, she added.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recognized the need for
Although other Catholic organizations serve Haitian or Spanish-speaking Caribbean migrants and refugees, the CCNA serves the specific needs of English-speaking people of
We have over 20
The Mass was a big statement from the Archdiocese, said Myles Hubbard, former director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Hartford.
The Archbishop recognizes that there are Caribbean Catholics who are strangers to this country, [and they are] being welcomed by the
Guest homilist Father Michael Upson of the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y., spiritual advisor to CCNA, said, The Caribbean has many, many different islands with very different cultures. We should be people who easily come together, cooperate with each other, know each other and understand and appreciate our differences, he said.
We are all different and need to collaborate, he added.
Lively and colorful traditions from different
The presentation of the gifts included a tradition typical in some
As is the tradition in many
St. Justins annual picnic followed, and featured
The Hartford Chapter of Caribbean Catholics of North America consists of Caribbean Catholics in Greater Hartford, including parishioners of St. Justin and St. Michael and the Cathedral of St. Joseph, all in
Information is available from Mrs. Glave at (860) 218-9735.