Archbishop Gomez Encourages Pilgrims Marking Jubilee of Christianity in Los Angeles | National Catholic Register

More than 1,700 people participated in the San Gabriel Arcángel Mission’s pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles urged those making a pilgrimage Saturday to mark 250 years of Christianity in the archdiocese to emulate the courage of Saint Junípero Serra, who first brought the Church to the area.

“Two hundred and fifty years ago, this mission was founded by Saint Junípero Serra and his Franciscan brothers, together with the noble Tongva natives, who are the first peoples of this land. These men and women trusted God completely. Saint Junípero Serra and his brothers left their homes and families behind, knowing they would never return. Pray for that kind of confidence, that kind of courage,” Bishop Jose Gomez said in his homily during an April 2 Mass at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel in San Gabriel, Calif., about 10 miles northeast. east of Los Angeles.

“God accompanies us, we are never alone… Let’s keep trusting God, let’s keep asking him for strength, for direction; let us continue to seek his will in everything,” the Archbishop said.

Bishop Gomez preached that “our lives are a pilgrimage to the promised land of heaven, to our Father’s house. It is a journey that we take, walking with Jesus. Follow him. Live with him. To love as he loved. Participate in his mission by living his Gospel of love, by our words, by our actions.

“As we begin our pilgrimage today – from that place where the faith was born in Los Angeles, to the Mother Church of God’s family today – let us renew our dedication to our mission.”

More than 1,700 people participated in the San Gabriel Arcángel Mission’s pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles. Before the mass, the pilgrims were able to see the state of the renovations of the mission, damaged by an arson in July 2020.

Archbishop Gomez blessed the pilgrims after Mass and the march ended with a closing prayer service at Los Angeles Cathedral. On the way from the mission to the cathedral, pilgrims stopped at All Souls in Alhambra, All Saints in El Sereno, Our Lady Help of Christians in Los Angeles and had lunch at Cathedral High School.

The pilgrimage is part of the Archdiocese’s Jubilee Year, “Forward in Mission,” which celebrates 250 years of faith in the region.

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