Check out this beautiful album of photos from the Cultural Heritage Mass celebrated on Saturday, March 29th at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Thanks to all the St. Thomas Aquinas parishioners who participated, especially the Indonesian choir that contributed their gift of song and the Vietnamese community ushers who helped ensure a smooth and blessed liturgy. Special appreciation to Matthew Davis in the Office of Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees who coordinated the celebration.
The Church hears the suffering cry of all who are uprooted from their own land, of families forcefully separated, of those who, in the rapid changes of our day, are unable to find a stable home anywhere. She senses the anguish of those without rights, without any security, at the mercy of every kind of exploitation, and she supports them in their unhappiness. [We are called to work] so that every person’s dignity is respected, the immigrant is welcomed as a brother or sister, and all humanity forms a united family which knows how to appreciate with discernment the different cultures which comprise it. – Pope John Paul II, Message for World Migration Day, 2000