Dia de los Muertos

The Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries and the Archdiocese’s Office of Religious Education of cordially invite you to a Virtual Día de los Muertos Prayer Vigil led by Archbishop José H. Gomez on Sunday, November 1 at 6 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard of the Mausoleum of Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East L.A.

The event will feature eight altars, one dedicated to those who passed away due to Covid-19, all which will be blessed by Archbishop Gomez after the vigil. Visit this page or connect with us on Facebook to join in the celebration!

On Monday, November 2, Archbishop Gomez will celebrate virtual All Souls Day Mass that will be live streamed at 10 a.m. via this webpage or Facebook and broadcasted live via EWTN from Culver City’s Holy Cross Cemetery and Mortuary’s Chapel of the Risen Christ.

The virtual celebrations will offer a unique opportunity for families to celebrate from home a Catholic tradition that unites faith, prayer and cultural heritage to honor the faithful departed.

Due to pandemic restrictions, this year only eight altars will be on display at Calvary Cemetery. They will be dedicated to victims of Covid-19, to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi, and to the homeless and veterans, among others. They will be built by non-profit organizations, parish ministry groups, students from a Catholic school, and Archdiocese representatives. The public will be able to view the altars from Nov. 2-9, during Calvary Cemetery’s visitation hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

All are encouraged to send copies of photos of their departed loved ones to help decorate the large-scale community altar, via email at outreach@catholiccm.org.