Monthly Catholic GARIFUNA Mass To Take Place at OUR LADY OF VICTORY Church in the BRONX on SUNDAY, December 7th 2014

 

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Bronx, New York — A Garifuna Mass (“Lemesi Garifunaü” in the Garifuna Language) will be taking place at Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church in the Bronx this coming SUNDAY, December 7th 2014 at 3pm.

Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.


This Garifuna Mass is scheduled to begin at three in the afternoon and last until five in the afternoon.  Garifuna Masses at Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church in the Bronx take place on a monthly basis on the first Sunday of the Month.  This Garifuna Mass will be in a mixture of both Garifuna and Spanish.
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Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church is located at:
1512 Webster Avenue (@ E. 171st Street)
Bronx, NY 10457
(718) 583-4044

Bus: BX 41 to Webster Avenue and E. 171st St
BX 11 to Clay Avenue and E. 171st St
Train: B or D Train to 167th St Subway Stop
5 Train to 167th St Subway Stop

Garifuna Society of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Garifuna Priest Father Tomas Cacho.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Society of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Garifuna Priest Father Tomas Cacho. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.


All Christians are invited to take part in this very special and unique mass.

This Catholic Garifuna Mass takes place on the first Sunday of each month.  The other Monthly Catholic Garifuna Mass takes place at St Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx on the Third Sunday of each month.

ABOUT The Garifuna People


The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   1

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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Garifuna Parishioners of Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Parishioners of Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Notes:

  1. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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