Gospel Music Fest slated Sept. 15 in Gentilly

By Christine Bordelon, Clarion Herald

The 11th annual Gospel Music Festival is scheduled Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Corpus Christi-Epiphany Community Center, 2022 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans.

Catholic church parishes throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans have been invited to participate and sing songs that reflect the theme of “The Hush Harbor: Songs of Hope and Prayers of Longing.”

Alecia Bloodworth, assistant director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries that organizes the event, said the theme was selected this year in response to what’s going on in society and culture.

“Song is a form of prayer and a way (the black community) has communicated throughout our culture” over the years, she said.

In past years, the selection of songs by the choirs has been a blend of spirituals and modern and contemporary Gospel songs. Each participating group can sing a maximum of two songs, Bloodworth said.

So far, the Archdiocesan Mass Choir, St. Peter Claver’s Choir and St. Joseph the Worker’s choir have registered.

Admission is free, but non-perishable food items are being collected for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Donations also will be accepted.

For details on the event, call the Office of Black Catholic Ministries at 861-6207 or visit www.obcm.arch-no.org.

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