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Diocese to Mark Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday in Service and Mass

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On Monday January 21, 2013, the Diocese of Raleigh will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day of service, faith and fellowship.

Events begin at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, where youth and adults will make toiletry kits for the homebound, homeless and imprisoned. Across the street at the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen, teens and adults will help prepare and serve lunch.

At 10 a.m. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral. Fellowship and refreshments will be served in the Cathedral School Hall after Mass. An Ecumenical Prayer Service is scheduled for 12 p.m. inside Meymandi Hall at the Progress Energy Center downtown.    

“The things that Dr. King preached definitely are in keeping with Catholic social teaching -- and that’s about serving others,” said Lauren Green, director of the Diocesan Office of African Ancestry Ministry. “I think the legacy of Dr. King is that we should all recognize our common humanity.”

Mrs. Green noted that while some holidays have become occasions to give gifts or simply find merchandise on sale, this particular holiday is a good time to act in service of others. “In light of the social justice that he preached and the way in which he was taken from us, many people are rejecting turning his holiday into just another shopping opportunity,” she said.

While registration isn’t required, Green hopes people interested in attending the fellowship gathering will contact her office so appropriate arrangements may be made for refreshments. Registration is required, however, for those interested in serving at the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen because there’s a cap on the number allowed. Soup Kitchen volunteers must be at least 13 years old and willing to work an entire shift from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

“The event is sponsored by our office, but it is open to everyone,” said Mrs. Green. “The legacy of Dr. King is that we all would come together, regardless of the pigmentation of our skin or the building that we end up in on Sunday at the worship hour or the place of our birth … everybody of good will is welcome to come and participate.” 

For more information, please contact Mrs. Green at the AAMEN office at (919) 821-9762 or aamen.RSVP@raldioc.org.