This year’s Cultural Heritage Mass, held March 16 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput as the principal celebrant, featured groups representing approximately 20 different nationalities. The Mass celebrated “all one people under God.” Many of the participants, dressed in native attire, marched proudly behind their country’s banner in the opening procession. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Akouvi Koffi, a parishioner at Saint Cyprian Parish, receives communion from Archbishop Charles Chaput.
Toncy Simon prays after receiving communion.
Members of the Polish community provide music before and during the cultural heritage mass.
Native American community
Indian Syro-Malankara Community
Members of the Filipino community provide music for the entrance procession of mass.
Children from the Brazilian community present Archbishop Charles Chaput with a gift after mass and in return he blesses them.
Suki Li, from Holy Redeemer Parish, carries the banner for the Chinese community during the entrance procession of mass.
Caroline Karluah and her mother Juwli Roberts-Karluah, from the Liberian community pray The Lord’s Prayer together.
Christine Das, from the Indian Latin rite, prays during mass.