The AAPC Newsletter, December 2023, Issue 6

A Message from Dr. Chiquita T. Tuttle,

Coordinator, African American Pastoral Center

Gratitude and Gratefulness

"In all circumstances give thanks,

for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."

1 Thessalonians 5:18


Scripture tells us that gratitude should always be our way of showing our appreciation for our blessings. During the Month of November, we share our gratitude by giving generosity for those organizations that provide services and resources to those in need.  


We share our gratitude for the lives that were shared with us by honoring them on All Souls Day. We also come together as a family to share in a meal that has been prepared with love, and passion. 


An excerpt from Harvard Health Publishing states the following on gratitude:


“The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.   In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, being grateful also helps people to connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.”


Additionally, the article goes on to say, “Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have, instead of always reaching for something new in the hope it will make them happier, or thinking they can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met.“


You can read the whole Harvard Health Publishing article HERE

A Special Thank You for Giving Tuesday

In the spirit of gratitude, I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who showed their support for the African American Pastoral Center on Giving Tuesday. Your contributions are invaluable to the continuance of our ministry. Thank you.

Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful tool that can help you find joy and peace in your life. Here are some tips on how to practice gratitude in your daily life:


  1. Keep a gratitude journal: Write down three things you are grateful for each day. This will help you focus on the positive things in your life and develop a more optimistic outlook 12.
  2. Express your gratitude: Take time to thank the people in your life who have made a difference. You can write a thank-you note, send a text message, or simply tell them in person how much you appreciate them 2.
  3. Meditate on gratitude: Spend a few minutes each day reflecting on the things you are thankful for. This can help you cultivate a sense of peace and contentment 3.
  4. Use visual reminders: Place reminders of the things you are grateful for around your home or office. This can be a photo of a loved one, a favorite quote, or a piece of art that inspires you 3.
  5. Practice gratitude in difficult times: When things get tough, it can be hard to feel grateful. However, taking time to focus on the positive things in your life can help you find hope and strength. Try to find something to be thankful for, even in the midst of difficult circumstances 1.

Remember, gratitude is a habit that takes time to develop. But with practice, you can learn to focus on the blessings in your life and find joy in the present moment. (SOURCE: GOSPEL QUOTES ON GRATITUDE - Search (

Important Opportunity for

Catholic Youth

Young adult Catholics sought for 2024 National Eucharistic Pilgrimage:

Each of the four regional routes leading to the 2024 National Eucharistic Congress will feature stops related to Black Catholic history.

Reading Material

Shared by St. Columba:

A Brief History of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Kibeho

Events Around The Diocese

Events at St. Columba

Catch up with events at St. Columba HERE.

Events at St. Benedict

Catch up with events at St. Benedict HERE.

Links of Interest From the AAPC*

Black Catholic Messenger: The Voice of US Black Catholics

Black Catholic Messenger Calendar, Black Catholic Events Around the Country

Parishes In Action, A ministry of the Diocese of Oakland

Did You Know?

Rosa Parks Day:

Email Dr. Tuttle to share updates, events and stories of interest
Donate HERE Today and Support the African American Pastoral Council
Are you registered to VOTE? Register and learn more here

Corrections: Each Sunday during the month of November, St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church in Oakland held mass Honoring our Notables for Black Catholic History Month. I hope that all who were interested were able to attend. Below is a copy of the flier created by the black history committee.

Acknowledging the contributions of black catholics is a gift to the community. We provided a lot of history during November regarding these important role models.

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