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‘Pentecost for All People’ May 22

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SAN DIEGO — All of the diocese’s faithful are invited to the fourth annual “Pentecost for All People” celebration, to be held on May 22 at Good Shepherd Parish.

The event includes an outdoor Mass at 11 a.m. to be celebrated by Bishop Robert McElroy, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishops John Dolan and Ramón Bejarano, and the diocese’s clergy.

It’s the largest diocesan event that brings together its cultural  Catholic communities and parishes for a feast of languages, cultures and traditions.

“This Pentecost celebration is where all people of faith can come together as part of one family, as God intended us to be,” said Vicar General Father Michael Pham, who directs the Office for Ethnic and Intercultural Communities, which organizes the event.

“This unity is more important than ever in these divided times.”

More than 2,000 people attended this event in 2019. Last year, however, COVID-19 restrictions prompted the diocese to share the Pentecost Mass over the Zoom video application.

This year, the diocese’s cultural communities will participate once more, sharing their faith traditions. They include African American, Hispanic, Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, Pacific Islander, Italian, German, among many others.

The Mass also will be livestreamed through sdcatholic.org/Pentecost2021, where more information is available.

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