On January 21, the Office of Black Catholic Ministries of the Archdiocese of Detroit hosted the annual Mass in honor of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It was a sunny, but bitterly cold morning, with temperatures bottoming out at -4 degrees (F). Despite the cold weather, people from all over the area gathered for the liturgy: cathedral parishioners; parishioners from neighboring parishes; the Knights & Ladies of Peter Claver, members representing the cause for canonization of The Servant of God Fr. Augustus Tolton; and faculty, staff, and seminarians of Sacred Heart Major Seminary.
This year’s theme was, “What Are You Doing for Others?” The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Theodore Parker, pastor of St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church. In his homily, Father Parker reflected on his time as a seminarian in New York during the 1960s, and how truth is more than an intellectual concept, but a person; namely, Jesus Christ.