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Cardinal-designate celebrates Juneteenth Mass

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SAN DIEGO — Cardinal-designate Robert McElroy celebrated Sunday Mass at St. Rita’s Church on June 19.

Beyond acknowledging the Feast of Corpus Christi, he said the community was marking “three moments of thanks.”

He expressed thanks for the life of Sister Margaret Castro, who had died in recent days after serving the parish for decades; for all of the fathers on Father’s Day; and for Juneteenth, a holiday that marks the end  of slavery on June 19, 1865. The diocese’s Commission for African American Catholics organized the Mass, which also featured a reflection by Dr. Constance Carroll, former chancellor of the San Diego Community College District and longtime parishioner of St. Rita’s.

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