Black History Month series underway at St. Matthew’s & St. Joseph’s, Detroit

smsjBeginning with its 11 a.m. service Feb. 7, St. Matthew’s & St. Joseph’s, Detroit begins its annual three-week series in recognition of Black History Month.

This Sunday’s theme is “Africa,” which is high mass infused with authentic African drumming, dance and song.  Highlights are “Funga,” an authentic traditional African welcome with four drummers and about 15 dancers from the church and community; “Baba Yetu,” the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili (Lit dance);” Missa Luba,” the Congolese version of Gloria, Sanctus & “Agnus Dei,” and a touching and emotional recessional and postlude that introduces “Slavery” the theme of the second week.

The annual series is well-received and usually doubles the church’s weekly attendance. Those who cannot make a monetary offering may bring eggs, non-perishables and other gently-used items for the church’s outreach program.

On Feb. 21, a free showing of the popular faith-based movie “War Room” will be held. It’s for all audiences but is especially geared toward couples. For details on the series, call the church at (313)871-4750.