Mass in Recognition of Immigrants

Mass in Recognition of Immigrants-08 — Credit: VICTOR ALEMÁN

Archbishop José H. Gomez, joined by his fellow bishops from across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as well as from the Dioceses of Orange and San Bernardino, led thousands in celebrating the annual Mass in Recognition of Immigrants July 20 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. 

The theme for the Mass — “You gave your children good ground for hope” — was taken from the first reading from the Book of Wisdom. 

“As we all know, this land was built by the blood and sacrifice and the vision of missionaries and immigrants from every race and language and every nation,” the archbishop said in his homily. “So today we give thanks for all those men and women who left the places where they were born — to bring their faith and values, their talents and gifts — to create a new life and a new world here in America.” 

Nearly 5,000 gathered for the Mass, leaving more than a thousand outside the cathedral to listen to the celebration through speakers. Thousands waited to venerate the relic of Santo Toribio Romo, which traveled throughout southern California in the weeks leading up to the Mass. 

The relic, a bone from the left ankle of Santo Toribio, is encased in a 4-foot-5 statue of the saint, which was lent to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by the saint’s home chapel in Jalisco, Mexico. Many immigrants believe the Mexican-born priest — martyred during the Cristiada — helps them reach the United States. ν


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Jean Beliveau, RIP

REV. RONALD ROLHEISER, OMI

Jean Beliveau was more than an athlete, though certainly he was a one-in-a-million athlete. The record of his achievements almost defies belief. He played in the National Hockey League for 20 seasons and retired with 10 championship rings. 

 

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  • Saturday, December 20

    St. Margaret's Center Christmas Program, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Morningside High School (Cafeteria), 10500 S. Yukon Ave, Inglewood. St. Margaret's Center, Inglewood School District, Doorking, Inc., and Centinela Hospital Medical Staff invite you to join them as they create a holiday wonderland with Christmas surprises for more than 1,000 poverty-level children and their parents. (310) 672-2208. Click here for more information.

    Christmas Shop at Holy Grounds, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 566-1500.

    Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Holy Spirit Retreat House, 4316 Lanai Rd., Encino. A concert by Valyermo Dancers & Co., choreographed by John West. $15. Contact Sr. Deborah for more info, (818) 784-4515.

    Christmas Dinner Dance, 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 21433 Strathern St, Canoga Park. Tickets, $28. (818) 371-0473.

    Las Posadas, 7 p.m., Parish Hall, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 600 W Mariposa St, Altadena. Posadas means “the inns” or “the shelters” in Spanish. A religious and social celebration, Las Posadas commemorates Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ. We invite you to join us in a one-day celebration of this tradition. (626) 794-2046.

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