Fostering Cultural Diversity and Catholic Identity
The word “catholic” means “universal” … “embracing the whole universe.” Jesus came as “Son of David,” a child of the Jewish people. But he came also as “Son of Man,” a child of all humanity. Like Jesus, we are all children of some people or another: Filipinos or Salvadorans or Mexicans or Irish. Yet in Jesus we are children of God — one family in his Catholic Church. Jesus gave his Church the mission to proclaim this good news and to make this beautiful vision a reality, beginning in every human heart.
We must break down every barrier — pride, racism, fear — that keeps us from loving. We can’t stay stuck in our own communities. We can’t look at ourselves only as “Filipino Catholics” or “Hispanic Catholics” or Catholics from this or that neighborhood. These identities are important. But our identity in faith calls us to be much more. To be Catholic means we are sons and daughters — not only of our earthly parents, but of God. Faith requires us to reach beyond our boundaries, our backgrounds, and our customary ways of doing things. We have so much to share with our brothers and sisters and so much to learn from them.
Events & News on Identity
Día de Los Muertos
The Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries in collaboration with the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles invites you and your family to a special Día de los Muertos (All Souls Day) celebration on October 24 at Santa Clara Cemetery & Mortuary in Oxnard (2370 N. H St., 93036). READ MORE »
Mass in Recognition of Immigrants
We invite you to join us at the Mass in Recognition of Immigrants on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Archbishop José H. Gomez will be presiding. 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. READ MORE »
City of Saints Teen Conference
The City of Saints Teen Conference is a Catholic teen conference hosted by Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Youth Ministry Division of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This 3 day event is a wonderful and local opportunity for young people to deepen their relationship with Jesus. The conference features dynamic speakers, diverse liturgical experiences, music, interactive exhibits, opportunities to rece... READ MORE »
LA Religious Education Congress
The LA Religious Education Congress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. READ MORE »
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass
Dr. King paved a way that ALL may be one in our collective diversity. He advocated that ALL persons on this planet have an opportunity to step up and share their God-Given Gifts. Please join in this time-honored commemoration of Dr. King’s Dream. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Gomez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. READ MORE »
Order of Malta brings holiday cheer to those in need
In the predawn hours of Thanksgiving morning, as record-breaking rain pounds downtown Los Angeles, a soft light is ... READ MORE »