In collaboration with the Arch-diocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Orange & Diocese of San Bernardino, we invite all to join in this celebration in solidarity with all immigrants. Every parish and religious ministry is invited to attend the Mass. Please speak with your pastor if you would like more information on how you can represent your parish or ministry in the pre- procession.
Pre-Procession begins at 3:30pm| Mass begins at 4:00pm
Location: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles
“When a stranger resides with you in your land, do not molest him. You shall treat the stranger who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same love for him as yourself; for you too were once strangers in the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God.” – Leviticus 19:33-3
Immigration has a variety of root causes. Family reunification, seeking economic stability with employment, civil unrest or war in one’s homeland and climate change rendering one’s ancestral lands uninhabitable all lead people to migrate. Biblical justice echoes a call to welcome the stranger, as one of the most vulnerable segments of the population. This is especially true today when they lack documentation and the associated legal safeguards for their physical safety and protection from economic exploitation by employers. Federal legislation to address comprehensive immigration reform could alleviate current inequities to respect the human dignity of immigrants in ways such as bringing undocumented workers into the economic system and out of the shadows of a two tier labor market and helping families reunite more expediently than the current process that can take up to a decade. Legislative reform could also eliminate the harrowing journeys many migrants travel. Helping immigrants integrate into our communities can be an opportunity for parish social ministry to coordinate ESL classes (English as a Second Language), offer workshops on citizenship, locate housing and offer job resources. Individuals can share their talents to welcome immigrants by volunteering with organizations like Catholic Charities.