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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 15, 1991 PAGE 9 Denise Walker/Catholic Review/CNS Fr. Maurice Blackwell tells an African parable during the final night of Kwanzaa, 1990. A display,of Kwanzaa symbols is arranged in front. KWANZAA celebrates African values Week begins Dec. 26 By Kate Pipkin Baltimore, ~ (CNS)--An event called Kwaz aa brought together Afi-ican-Ameri- can Catholics fi'om the Archdiocese of Bal- timore this time last year to celebrate Afri- can culture, history and faith for ~ven con- secutive evenings. Similar observances took place in other cities across the U.S. In Baltimore, the event was sponsored by the Office of Afiican-American Minis- tries and was the first in the area. According to Fr. Maurice Blackwell, who heads the African-American office, the num- ber of partidpants grew each night of the event, which he said '"orought about an appreciation of self-understanding." Kwanzaa, which meara "first fruits" in Swahili, started to be celebrated officially ha 1966 in the U.S. It is held Dec. 26 through 1, and is similar to harvest traditions recognized in of Africa. One such tradition is the gathering of fanfilies, clans and fi'iends to celebrate their blessings by sharing stories, music and food. The celebration is meant to add to the spiritual, social and economic strength of the fanfily. Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic xalues of African cul- ture: unity, faith, self-determination, collec- tive work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose and creativity. Fr. Black~eU told Baltimore's The Catho- lie Review that several participants came from other religious congregations. '~h turned into an ecumenkM event," he said. "It was a celebration of people of Afri- can ancestW recognizing that there is a being greater than m. Going from parish to par- ish was a good opporttmity for people from all over the archdiocese to participate. It was also an evangelizing tool." Hilbert Stanley, who attended Kwanzaa, said some people have the mispercepfion that Kwanzaa is a replacement for Christ- mas and don't understand why it is held during the holidays. q(wanzaa is no replacement for Christ- maC' Stanley said. 'q'he hofidays are a fam- ily time. During Kwanzaa we look at values, which is something thafs needed. Kwanzaa is nota religious celebration, but by adding a prayer service, were added that dimen- sion." Catholics named to tics ah'eady on the board. sit on board of Leahy is a senator from Vermont; Haughey is a professor of edfics at Loyola Bread for the World University in Chicago; Overton is assistant dh'ector of the Kellogg National Fellowship Washington, DC -- Catholics John C. Program in Battle Creek, MI; Stanton is a Haughey, SJ, U.S. Sen. PawickJ. Leahy, Betty former member of Congress and counsel- J. Overton and J. William Stanton were lot to the president ofthe World Bank; and chosen recently to serve on the board of Otero has 15 years of international develop directors of Bread for the World, the Chris- ment experience, primarily in Latin tim~ citizens' hunger movement America. Maria Otero, a Bolivia native and direc- tor of the Washington office of Acdon'/nter- nac/0na/, was elected board chair. She re- places WilliamJ. Byron, SJ, president of the Catholic University of America. The new melnbersjoin six other Catho- December: that young families may [ build a better world. Pope John Paul II General Prayer Intention 9 115 E. Broadway Morrilton 354-3186 8:30 to 5:30 Mon.- Sat. Men's & Women's Clothing Jean Shop featuring LEE & LEVI for & women Jim Riedmueller, P.D. Doctor of Pharmacy Health-Care Pharmacy #1 0 Hospital Drive Morrilton, Arkansas 72110 Phone (501) 354-1460 ill 1120 West Broadway Morrilton, AR 72110 r Charter a Bust Any size bus available, from school bus to luxury air conditioned coaches. H0ust0n-Bigel0w Bus Lines Arrow Coach Lines 663-6002 or toll freo 1-800-632-3670 2715 W. 10th SL Ulde Rock J Diocesan Respect Life Office invites you to 14th Annual Sunday, January 19, 1992--2:00 PM Capitol and Main, Little Rock Events at Cathedral of St. Andrew 7th & Louisiana, Little Rock Prayer Vigil and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Saturday, Jan. 18th, 6:30 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 19th, 11:30 a.m. Rosary For Life Sunday, Jan. 19th, 11:30 a.m. Mass For Life Sunday, Jan. 19th, 12:05 p.m.- Bishop Andrew J. McDonald, Celebrant Party for CYO Groups afterwards at JOX-- Breckenrldge Vlllage Chill Supper by Knlghts of Columbus Council #6253 6253Camp Robln$on Road, North Uttle Rock