PRESS RELEASE JANUARY 4, 2005
HOMELANDS MASS AT THE CATHEDRAL
A Homelands Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, January 9, 2004, at 2:30 p.m., at Notre Dame Cathedral, Sussex Drive. Ottawa Archbishop Marcel Gervais will be the principal celebrant and special guests include members of the different Roman Catholic multicultural communities in the Archdiocese: Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, Spanish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Lebanese, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Czech, Ukrainian and Vietnamese, and any other groups and individuals attending the celebration. In the Archdiocese, Mass is celebrated in about 20 different languages on a regular basis.
At this special mass, the Archdiocese will celebrate the end of the year of festivities in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Immigration Centre, the 25th anniversary of the arrival in Ottawa of the Boat People from Vietnam and honor one who played a major role in the welcoming of these refugees, Archbishop Emeritus of Ottawa, Most Rev. Joseph-Aurèle Plourde.
The Homelands Mass is a most original and colorful celebration and features a procession into the Cathedral of traditional costumes, flags and food. The latter is shared among participants at a reception, which will follow in the Cathedral Hall. Members of the public are invited to participate.
For further information: Gilles Ouellette, 738-5025, ext. 238