Friday, July 19, 2013

2013 Mass in recognition of all immigrants

The 2013 Mass in recognition of all immigrants will be
celebrated at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
on Sunday.
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

As we continue to celebrate who we are as Catholics and as people of faith during this Year of Faith, we recognize that we are an immigrant church and take seriously the Gospel call to welcome the stranger among us. 

We, the church of Los Angeles, are mindful that we are a church of many peoples, with different backgrounds, different stories, and different family histories. Each of us is unique, but our Catholic faith teaches us that we are all made in the image of God imago Dei.

In celebration of our immigrant roots as a church and as a nation, we will be celebrating a special Mass in recognition of all immigrants and support of comprehensive immigration reform that is just and compassionate. 

This is a pivotal moment in the debate for comprehensive immigration reform.  That is why we have been meeting with members of Congress our elected representatives to convey to them the core principles we would like to see in any kind of legislation that is enacted to fix our broken immigration system. 

Those elected officials with whom we have met have been very receptive and attentive to what we have to say on this issue. We pray that God may guide them and our country as decisions are made that will affect so many in our archdiocese and across the nation.

I invite each one of you to join me in recognition of all those who, for whatever reason, have come to this beautiful land of ours in search for a better life, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The cathedral is at 555 W. Temple St. in Los Angeles.

Let us show, in the spirit of the Gospel, that we are "welcoming the stranger among us."

1 comment:

  1. What a cool idea! I wish I would have known about this. What a great way to stay connected with parishioners, as well -- a blog! I will tell me parish how cool this is.
    Thank you for making every effort to stay connected with Catholics, especially in these ever-changing times.


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