The country’s largest immigrant community, and largest Catholic archdiocese, met at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for its annual immigrant mass.
Nearly two thirds of Los Angeles residents are immigrants or children of immigrants, and this mass honors their journey and success.
“It’s to let everyone know that immigrants come from all around the world, including the Filipinos, and the Filipinos also struggle to find better ways in moving their families to different parts of the world. So my family came over here and found a better life for my siblings and I,” said Jonathan Soriano from St. Jane Frances de Chantal.
While filipinos and immigrants give thanks for their family’s stateside successes, the mass is also a chance to pray for those who are undocumented.
“May connection tayo sa mga immigrants siwerti tayo lang kasi meron tayo legal papers yung araw yun but ngayon hirap na pumanta dito. Hindi katulad ng araw,” said Jose Hizon.
As Know Your Rights mass cards were distributed, the faithful also wrote prayers and petitions for Archbishop Jose Gomez to deliver to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.
“Tulongan namin mga immigrants. Yung mga immigrants ng walang papel so all of us need help some support sa mga ilangan ng tulong baka istay sila dito sa America.”