Annual Mass to Honor the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 04, 2012

Bishop Leonard Olivier, S.V.D., retired Auxiliary Bishop of Washington will be the principal celebrant and Msgr. Charles Pope, pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church in Southeast Washington, will be the homilist for the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Mass to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 14, 2012
6:00 p.m. Concert
7:30 p.m. Mass
St. Jerome Catholic Church
5205 43rd Avenue
Hyattsville, MD

This year’s theme, “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will,” speaks to our call to work for the unity of all God’s people in a spirit of mutual respect. Before the Mass, The Archdiocese of Washington Mass Gospel Choir will perform a musical program of spirituals, Gospel, and traditional Catholic music celebrating our common mission to work for social justice for all of God’s people. The choir will also provide the music for the Mass. A reception will be held in the church hall following the Mass.

This annual commemoration draws Catholics of all backgrounds from around the archdiocese. This Mass will not only celebrate the memory of Dr. King, but also will celebrate the rich history of Black Catholics in the archdiocese.

“This annual celebration is to acknowledge Dr. King’s example of living the Gospel message by his working for unity among peoples,” said Deacon Al Turner, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Black Catholics. “This event also celebrates the spirit of faithful witness to social justice issues that we are all called to be as we live the Christian life.”

This Mass is an annual and ongoing acknowledgement of our call to discipleship. This archdiocesan celebration of the life of Dr. King can be an inspiration to those who strive to live the Gospel message to care for our brothers and sisters. It is also a call for all people of good will to boldly proclaim the Good News by evangelizing at every opportunity.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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