December 2, 2014  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  

 Advent Challenge is part of OneLife LA, a Jan. 17 event in downtown L.A. expected to unite thousands of people of all faiths to celebrate the beauty and dignity of all life


The Archdiocese of Los Angeles today launched a “Be Somebody to Somebody” Advent Challenge to encourage people each day to perform acts of kindness. Advent is a time of joyful preparation for the birth of Jesus during the four weeks before Christmas on Dec. 25.

“The ‘Be Somebody’ challenge encourages us to use the season of Advent to do good works to help our neighbors and those in need,” said Archbishop José Gomez. “All through Advent, on my Facebook page, I’m going to be highlighting organizations that are making a difference in our community. And I am encouraging everyone to spend these days before Christmas trying to ‘be somebody to somebody’— especially to the poor and lonely, so they will feel God’s love.”

To participate in the Be Somebody to Somebody Challenge, visit Archbishop Gomez on Facebook at

The “Be Somebody to Somebody Challenge” is also designed to inspire good works beyond Christmas and leading to OneLife LA, the first-ever large-scale event on January 17, 2015 uniting people of all faiths throughout Southern California to celebrate the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.

Through the “Be Somebody to Somebody Challenge,” participants are encouraged to start making a difference in their neighborhoods by helping others, especially the most vulnerable in our communities. Good works inspired through the “Be Somebody to Somebody Challenge” could include feeding the homeless, volunteering at a shelter, at a crisis pregnancy center or with a prison ministry. Other acts of kindness include adopting a family for the holidays, or helping immigrants prepare their driver’s license paperwork.

People are invited to post their photos via social media and share what they are doing by tagging #OneLifeLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

OneLifeLA, expected to draw thousands to Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, takes place on January 17, 2015. The event begins with a procession at 10 a.m. from La Placita Olvera to Grand Park.

OneLife LA is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace, the Dioceses of Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and Fresno, and the Knights of Columbus. The free and family-friendly event includes music, entertainment, food trucks, and exhibits from non-profit organizations.


For more information, or to register for OneLife LA, visit


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