Archdiocese to hold first annual Mass for immigrants and refugees

PRESS RELEASE

November 21, 2017

En español

Archdiocese to hold first annual Mass for immigrants and refugees
Event seeks to send message of hope to Hispanic community

DENVER- Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez of Denver will celebrate a Spanish-language Mass Sunday at 12:30 p.m. for all immigrants and refugees at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 1530 Logan St., Denver.

Nov. 26 is the day the Catholic church celebrates the feast of Christ the King, a day of historical significance for many Hispanics. During the religious persecution of last century’s “Cristero” War, many Mexicans gave up their lives proclaiming, “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” (“Long live Christ, the King!”).

Also in attendance will be Berenice Rendón Talavera, Consul General of Mexico, and Juan Fernando Valey, Consul de Guatemala.

Viva Cristo Rey!: Mass for Immigrants and Refugees
Celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
1530 Logan St., Denver
Nov. 26, 2017 | 12:30 p.m.

Bishop Rodriguez said that the growing attention the archdiocese has given to immigrants is primarily a response to Scripture.

“Holy Scripture is very clear about the care and hospitality toward the immigrant,” he said. “‘The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt’ (Lev. 19:34). Also, Jesus commanded us to do the same when he called us to love our neighbor.”

“This initiative is born out of our personal love for our immigrant brothers and sisters in our parishes,” he added.

The auxiliary bishop sees the importance of this message of hope to the immigrant community, as it faces many difficulties in legal processes.

“Many of our youth see their future dreams threatened. Siblings and friends, who came to work honestly, face deportation, and parents, couples and families have been torn apart,” he said.

Amid such difficulties, the Church accompanies the immigrant community.

“We want to lift up the intentions of the immigrant community in this Mass,” said Bishop Rodriguez. “For the Psalmist says, ‘Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act” (37:5).

Sunday is also a Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians, a number of whom are living in Denver as refugees.

Following the Mass there will be a reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 1555 Grant St., Denver. The reception will include food and beverages, brief comments by Bishop Rodriguez and other guests, and a performance of Ballet “Semblanzas de Mexico”.

All food and beverages have been donated.

The Archdiocese of Denver proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ, celebrates his Sacraments, and exercises his works of mercy, so that all might participate in his salvation and discover the lasting joy of a relationship with him.