Changes Planned For This Year’s King Celebration
Published: January 5, 2012
ATLANTA—The archdiocesan Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration will include the 28th annual Mass celebrating the life and legacy of King on Saturday, Jan. 14, and a youth celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15, as well as a new partnership this year—a food drive sponsored by the archdiocesan Office for Black Catholic Ministry (OBCM) together with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Atlanta.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Here I Am, Lord … I Will Hold Your People In My Heart.”
The Mass on Saturday, Jan. 14, will be celebrated by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, at 1 p.m. at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 48 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. The guest homilist for the Mass is the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dominican Father Jeffery Ott.
Events honoring King will continue on Sunday with a youth celebration at 3 p.m. at St. Peter Claver Regional School, located at 2560 Tilson Road, Decatur.
The weekend celebration will also be the launch for the “St. Vincent de Paul 10 Ton Food Drive,” sponsored jointly by the OBCM along with St. Vincent de Paul. Those attending the Mass and the youth event are invited to bring canned goods to donate for the food drive.
Scheduled to continue through Easter Sunday, April 8, the food drive is part of an effort to support programming to feed thousands of people in Georgia. The OBCM will be seeking support for the drive from the business and philanthropic communities.
All are invited to join in the food drive by contributing to local St. Vincent de Paul conferences or directly to: Society of St. Vincent de Paul Atlanta, 2050-C Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, GA 30341.
For more information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration, contact Ashley Morris of the Office for Black Catholic Ministry at (404) 920-7532.