Second annual African Branches Festival

Evangelization and Catechesis

The Diocese of Sacramento's Black Catholic Ministry will host the second annual African Branches Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Rose Parish, located at 5961 Franklin Blvd. in Sacramento. There is no admission fee for the event, which will be a celebration of cultures with African roots from around the world.

The festival will include Christian and secular music, international food and entertainment, a kid's bounce house and a sing-off and spoken word competition. It will also feature Grammy-nominated Zydeco music artist Andre Therry and his band. There will be an area at the festival where persons can receive the sacrament of reconciliation. In addition, persons will be available for prayer and answering questions about the Catholic faith and spirituality.

An outdoor gospel Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. for all to attend, followed by fellowship. For information on this event or the Black Catholic Ministry, contact Markton Ross, chairman, at (916) 720-9025 or bcmchair@outlook.com. Ross notes that there are free and low-cost vendor opportunities for nonprofits, organizations and businesses. Visit the link below to register for this event.