Published January 5, 2006
The Office for Black Catholic Ministry in the Archdiocese of Atlanta will sponsor the 22nd annual eucharistic service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 14 at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception from 2 to 4 p.m.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass and will also be the keynote speaker on Jan. 15 at the fourth annual MLK Youth and Young Adult Celebration, which will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Peter Claver Regional School in Decatur.
The theme of this year’s MLK weekend celebration is “Striving for Peace in Spirit and in Truth.”
The MLK Youth and Young Adult Celebration will feature inspirational and moving dance, theatrical and musical performances.
Performers include William N. Thomas, IV, young adult poet; the Amazing Grace Dance Company; St. Anthony of Padua Church Children’s Choir, Atlanta; Christ Our Hope Teen Group, Lithonia; Kylea Starling, a student from St. Pius X High School, Atlanta, who attends Corpus Christi Church, Stone Mountain; St. Thomas More Kindergarten Choir, Decatur; Gambian Chorale Group; St. Thomas Aquinas Hispanic Young Adults, Alpharetta; Trina Neal, a Spelman College student from the Lyke House Catholic Center at AUC; St. Peter Claver Regional School Concert Choir; St. Michael’s Hispanic Young Adult “Yaqusas Group”; and the St. Anthony of Padua Church Teen Group.
Following the celebration, the “Living the Dream” social reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. At the reception, there will be a display on the life of King featuring historic newspapers, and audio recordings will be on display courtesy of the Atlanta History Center. There will also be displays offering information on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Wendy’s Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
In the MLK Kids Corner, students from the Lyke House Catholic Center will offer fun activities that focus on the legacy of King, specifically for children ages 4 though 7.
For more information, call the Office for Black Catholic Ministry at (404) 888-7848.