Orange County Chinese Catholics will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Sunday, Jan. 29. The 10:30 a.m. Mass will be led by Bishop Kevin Vann and will be followed by a traditional Chinese ancestry veneration ceremony.

A colorful lion dance will be performed in the plaza of the Christ Cathedral campus to share the New Year joy and the symbolic good fortune act with the public. Bishop Vann will bless the lions and give “fortune money” in red envelops to the lions, according to Chinese culture. A Chinese New Year luncheon and entertainment hosted by the Orange County Chinese Catholics is also offered to the public with tickets.

“We are blessed that Roman Catholics and the Bishop recognize the importance of our Chinese culture by honoring our ancestors,” said Father Yang, spiritual director of the Orange County Chinese Catholics. “Chinese immigrants and their families long to share our accomplishments and customs with the rest of the community.” Fr. Yang continued.

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