October 13, 2020  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  

Healthcare professionals will receive a blessing and gift as a symbol of gratitude for everything they have done for the community

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will host the annual White Mass to honor physicians, nurses, chaplains, physical therapists, mental health caregivers, chiropractors, administration, lab workers an all of those involved in the healthcare field who have served the community, especially in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop José H. Gomez on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Bishop David O’Connell, Auxiliary Bishop for the San Gabriel Pastoral Region of the Archdiocese, will concelebrate the Mass and serve as homilist. Mass will be livestreamed on http://olacathedral.org/live/index.html and https://lacatholics.org/healthcare-professionals-mass/.

“I look forward to this opportunity to pray and show our gratitude for our doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, risking their health and safety in the service of our neighbors,” said Archbishop Gomez.

During the Mass, Archbishop Gomez will give a blessing to all healthcare professionals, as they view on livestream. He will bless the prayer cards and gift designed with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to protect all healthcare workers during this challenging time. The Archdiocese is offering this gift to honor and show appreciation for all the sacrifices and care, and for helping every person to heal the body and spirit. Any healthcare worker who would like to receive this gift, is encouraged to register:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIKTynHF0xUDlHIesg4PWKvYftFWd0hugAdnye_UDIypAOnA/viewform.

“Our celebration for health care professionals takes on special significance in this time of global pandemic when the heroic actions of doctors, nurses, and all medical professionals touch every family in our communities,” said Kathleen Domingo, senior director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace. “We show our immense gratitude for their personal sacrifices and invoke the protection of Our Lady for their work and their families.”

The Healthcare Professionals Mass, also known as the ‘White Mass’ has been a tradition in the United States since the late 1800s.  The White Mass was originally named for the white lab coats worn by many in the healthcare profession.  Healthcare workers bring God’s love and care to every person they meet seeking to heal the body and spirit. 

This special Mass honors our dedicated Healthcare Professionals as they continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.  Those involved in the healthcare field including physicians, nurses, chaplains, physical therapists, mental health caregivers, chiropractors, receptionists, administration, dietary staff, lab workers and all who work to keep our community healthy will be honored. 

For more information, please visit: https://lacatholics.org/healthcare-professionals-mass/ or call (213) 637-7655. We encourage everyone that is joining our virtual Mass to register with us at Catholichealthcare@la-archdiocese.org.    


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