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Thu Apr 16, 2015, 06:33 PM


Catholic Underground reemerges, with a hip-hop beat

Hip hop artist Rebelz (right) along with DJ Ideal Soundz (left) led a raucous good time April 11 at St. Margaret Alacoque Church in Essington.

April 16th, 2015
By Mickey Kelly

Catholic Underground’s goal of helping the Catholic Church engage with contemporary culture got a big boost with a “coffeehouse”-style gathering around Eucharistic adoration and a hip-hop concert on Saturday, April 11 at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church in Essington.

The Manhattan-based group All is Love put a Catholic twist on what has become one of the most popular styles of music to emerge in decades.

Catholic young adults from across the Philadelphia region began the evening with vespers prayer and a folk band providing music during a holy hour in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. It ended with benediction, led by Deacon Gary Guy. The permanent deacon serves at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Secane.

Catholic Underground is a movement begun by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in New York during the late 1990s as a response to the call of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI for Catholics to be in conversation with the culture. The Philadelphia affiliate of the movement began in 2007 but has dwindled recently.



Fr. Stan Fortuna, CFR has a lot to do with this.

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