Confirmed  Office of Ethnic Ministries Diocesan events are below.   Scroll down for calendar.

Calendar of Events and Virtual Events 2020-21

For more information on  events Call Ethnic Ministries, 864-331-2627

December 25th 2020 Television Christmas Special – An afternoon in the Upstate with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston program aired Christmas night on Fox Carolina. Now available on YouTube Video: Christmas TV Special 2020 video

MLK Day Celebration 2021: : How Long? Not Long! RECORDING of THIS EVENT: MLK Celebration 2021 Recording Video

“How Long? Not Long” was Martin Luther Kings’ speech on March 25, 1965. Father Michael Okere will lead a spiritual reflection and Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN, will lead a reflection on this historical speech in comparison to the pandemic and civil unrest in our country today. The peaceful remarks of Dr. King serves as a catalyst for hope peace and unity. Hosted by Kathleen Merritt. All are invited to join us.

FEBRUARY, 2021 Black History Month

Friday, February 5th

First Friday’s Coffee, Tea, Saints and Faith Table Talk.

Via Webinar 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Guest Judge Arthur McFarland discusses Black Catholic History in the Diocese of Charleston. Principal Delores Gilliard, St. Martin de Porres Catholic School in Columbia shares Black History and its impact on our youth. Vicar for Black Catholics, Father Michael Okere will lead us in a prayer for the Black Catholic Family. There will be Black History trivia questions and chances to win prizes. Grab your cup of coffee or tea and join us!

Saturday, February 20th

Celebrating Black History Month

Special Guest Mayor Brendon Barber, Georgetown, SC, will share his story and experiences on being the first Black mayor of Georgetown, SC. The mayor is also a Catholic legacy from St. Cyprian Catholic School and Church in Georgetown. A music history presentation from Dr. Alvoy Bryan, Jr. Ph.D;
Deacon Leonard Chambliss will lead us in prayer for the occasion. Black History Jeopardy and much more! Co-Hosted by Kathleen Merritt and Taylor Doggett. A celebration for the whole family! Celebrating Black History Month Registration

Monday February 22nd

Who’s talking to the Children about Diversity and Inclusion?

Via Webinar 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Children notice and experience more than we think they do when it comes to cultural differences and the racial divide in America. More and more young children are hearing and seeing issues related to the racial divide in America on the TV, during family discussion and among their peers. This can sometimes lead to misinformation and anxiety. It is important that we as Catholic adults help them to better understand what is happening and what should be happening. This webinar will take a look at some of the things that young children may see and hear and offer them age appropriate activities and talking points for you that will promote cultural competency and strengthen their belief in the power of prayer. For clergy, parents, teachers and anyone interested in the subject.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2pp-ywE9RDaQflwzZVbIUQ

MARCH, 2021

Friday, March 5th

First Friday’s Coffee, Tea, Saints and Faith Table Talk.

Via Webinar 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Celebrating the beginning of each month on First Friday with prayer, a look at hot topics in the news, special segment on living like Saints, guest presenters, diocesan upcoming events, and prizes. Join us with a cup of your favorite morning beverage. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NxVrGKfiRreLUf8OLS5AzQ

Saturday March 6th

Diocese of Charleston Black Catholic Heritage Gathering; Via Zoom 10:00am – 1:00pm

On Saturday February 6th a team of diocesan leaders representing our historical African American Parishes will lead discussions and share with participants their findings on best practices for evangelization during a changed world.

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KYyHo0egT5KLFuc9Vfk9Zg

For information contact the Office of Ethnic Ministries at 864.331.2627 or email rmcnamara@charlestondiocese.org

APRIL, 2021

Friday, April 2nd

First Friday’s Coffee, Tea, Saints and Faith Table Talk.

Via Webinar 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Celebrating the beginning of each month on First Friday with prayer, a look at hot topics in the news, special segment on living like Saints, guest presenters, diocesan upcoming events, and prizes. Join us with a cup of your favorite morning beverage. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_67HGqjo8S6umFNO6bpxsTA

Monday, April 12th

Diversity, Inclusion and Empathy Training for Catechetical Leaders & Other Adults Working with Youth

Via Webinar 10:00a.m.- 12:00noon

A discussion on diversity, inclusion and ways in which Catechists and other youth leaders can structure a culturally inclusive environment. Understanding racism and teaching empathy will be the main topic areas to be discussed. Catechists will receive 2.0 Certification hours for category; Social Justice, Gospel of Life. Participants are required to read the USCCB Pastoral Letter on Racism, “Open Wide our Hearts” prior to gathering. Document can be found at: https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/open-wide-our-hearts.pdf

Open to catechetical leaders (including DREs, YMs, RCIA Directors, Evangelization Directors, Adult Faith Formation Directors, etc.), clergy, parents, volunteer catechists and team members, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Diversity, Inclusion and Empathy. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tQMIYoORRrefFfomtTDPtg

MAY, 2021 Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

Saturday, May 1st

Asian & Pacific Islanders Pilgrimage for Mary, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Asian and Pacific Catholic Network (APCN) For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/APCN-366177420165506/?fref=photo

Sunday, May 2nd

Diocese of Charleston Vietnamese Marian Day-Our Lady of La Vang Celebration

Location: Our Lady of La Vang Church, Greer; Time: 11:00am-4:00pm. For more information, contact Michael Tran at 864-331-2620 or mtran@charlestondiocese.org

Friday, May 7th

First Friday’s Coffee, Tea, Saints and Faith Table Talk.

Via Webinar 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Celebrating the beginning of each month on First Friday with prayer, a look at hot topics in the news, special segment on living like Saints, guest presenters, diocesan upcoming events, and prizes. Join us with a cup of your favorite morning beverage. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RccU9AihQsaKgLebAJN9gg

JUNE, 2021

Friday, June 4th

First Friday’s Coffee, Tea, Saints and Faith Table Talk.

Via Webinar 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Celebrating the beginning of each month on First Friday with prayer, a look at hot topics in the news, special segment on living like Saints, guest presenters, diocesan upcoming events, and prizes. Join us with a cup of your favorite morning beverage. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FNZ0j1mrQsmPDyvM26nXiA