LOS ANGELES — On Immigrant Heritage Month in the city of angels, the Los Angeles Archdiocese celebrated its annual immigrant mass, commemorating the diversity of one of the country’s largest archdiocese.
It gives recent immigrants like Kyle Velasquez, who arrived in the US three years ago — a chance to be proud Catholics.
“It is good. It is good for people to pray. Prayers for all the immigrants. That will be saved for our loved ones in this country,” said Velasquez.
During the annual mass, immigration reform has been a recurring theme — but this year, prayers for the undocumented were louder than ever.
They brought relics of saints that symbolize migration; while church officials preached the need for humane immigration reform.
The mass comes as over two thousand families have been separated while trying to cross the border.
“We need to pray today for those little ones and their parents, and especially we need to pray for our politicians and all the citizens of good will,” said LA Archbishop Jose Gomez.
With a large undocumented catholic populations, some Filipinos have put their prayers into action.
Nori Jose heads the immigration ministry at Saint Jerome’s in Westchester.
“We were trained by the archdiocese of los angeles the different things we can provide to the people that are undocumented the immigrants. The different services and it’s actually a social justice,” said Jose.
While the faithful filled baskets of prayer petitions, Archbishop Gomez will personally deliver these messages next month when he takes a pilgrimage to Mexico City.