MLK Mass of Remembrance - Jan. 20

January 14, 2019

Civil rights activist and minister Martin Luther King Jr. and his call to achieve peace through service to one another will be celebrated during a “Mass of Remembrance” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner was assassinated 51 years ago in 1968 at the age of 39, but made astounding societal changes in his short life.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will be the principal celebrant of the Mass and Deacon Phillip Jackson, Archdiocesan director of the Permanent Diaconate, will be the homilist. A reception will immediately follow in the Cathedral Centre and all are welcome. 

Deacon Jackson said, “I am fearful that Dr. Martin Luther King Day becomes just another day off where banks are closed and there is no school. But in the Archdiocese and other parts of society, we celebrate all that Dr. King did to move us forward in social justice.”

Hundreds of people usually attend the Archdiocesan Mass every year commemorating King’s Jan. 15th birthday and the federal holiday in his honor that falls on the third Monday in January.

Despite historical accomplishments, Deacon Jackson said he thinks Dr. King would be disheartened with the dismantling of programs and reversals in the areas of poverty, racism, education, voter suppression, housing, health care and religious discrimination.

“If Martin Luther King was alive today, he would be disappointed in the great strides backwards that have been taken in social justice and racial equality,” he said. “But he called for all of us, including us as Christians and Catholics, to strive for justice.”