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‘Pentecost Mass for All Peoples’ planned for May 18


UNIVERSAL: The diocese’s annual Pentecost Mass brings together faithful from many cultures celebrating as one people of God, as depicted at last year’s event on May 27. (Credit: David Maung)

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SAN DIEGO — Catholic cultural leaders at the diocese are planning the seventh annual Pentecost Mass for All Peoples, to be held on May 18 at Cathedral Catholic High School. The event is a colorful feast of culture and faith that draws more than 2,000 people from all races and ethnicities.

Cardinal Robert W. McElroy will celebrate the Mass, with Auxiliary Bishops Ramón Bejarano, Michael Pham and Felipe Pulido, and dozens of clergy from across the diocese.

The leaders bring together the cultural communities present in the diocese. They help to organize all the logistics of the event, which begins with a multilingual Mass that shares faith traditions and music from across the world. It’s followed by a festival, where cultures share their history and samples of their native food and provide live entertainment.

This event allows the faithful to experience the beauty of the universal Church. The participating communities include African, African American, Brazilian, Chamorro/Guamanian, Chinese, Eritrean, Filipino, German, Hispanic, Indian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Korean, Laotian, Native American, Samoan, Tongan and Vietnamese.

Bishop Bejarano, vicar for Ethnic and Intercultural Communities, leads this event.

More information is available by contacting Alejandra Diaz, at (858) 490-8306 or

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