Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mass and Concert

January 02, 2011

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Mass to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
6:00 p.m. Concert
7:30 p.m. Mass
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
206 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC

This year’s theme, “That we all are one in the Spirit,” speaks to our call to work for the unity of all God’s people in a spirit of mutual respect. The Archdiocese of Washington Mass 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 also will provide the music for the Mass. A reception will follow in the church hall.

This annual commemoration draws Catholics of all backgrounds from around the archdiocese. Holy Redeemer Parish was chosen as the site this year because it recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. Though Holy Redeemer is not the oldest parish established for Black Catholics in the District of Columbia, its building is the oldest, continuously occupied church building in the city established for and by Black Catholics.

“I am often asked why we Catholics celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Deacon Al Turner, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Black Catholics. “My answer is simple. We celebrate this martyr for the Gospel for his willingness to stand up for the rights and the dignity of the human person. That is what Jesus teaches all believers to do.”

Free parking is available in the church parking lot, behind the building.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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