Thousands of faithful, including those from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Dioceses of San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego and Fresno are preparing to unite in prayer to celebrate the immigrant spirit of the U.S. at the Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants presided by Archbishop José H. Gomez on Saturday, September 7 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

“We gather again this year to celebrate our communities and cultures and to give thanks for the gifts and talents that our immigrant brothers and sisters continue to bring to our great country,” said Archbishop Gomez. “In light of the tensions in our country and the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas recently, we pray especially this year for the grace to help our society see our common humanity — that we are all children of God, meant to live together as brothers and sisters, no matter the color of our skin, the language we speak, or the place we were born.”

Dozens of community leaders and volunteers serving the immigrant community will be recognized, and a testimony will be delivered by Daniela Luna, 20, who entered the country as an unaccompanied minor to reunite with her mother in Los Angeles after two attempts to seek asylum in the U.S. She started attending college this year. “I’m very excited to be able to participate at this Mass to recognize all immigrants and to be able to share my experience, which might serve as an example to other youth,” said Luna.

Full story at ADLA Newsroom.