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October 26, 2012


Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, celebrates the annual Hispanic Heritage Mass with the Hispanic community. He will be joined by Bishop Nelson J. Perez, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York, this year's homilist. Hispanic Catholics gather at the Cathedral to celebrate their heritage and rich diversity along with the many priests serving in the Hispanic Apostolate throughout the Archdiocese.

Sunday, October 28, 2012
6:00 p.m. (Procession)
6:30 p.m. (Mass)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

An entrance procession of national flags and banners depicting patron saints of the 20 Latin American countries of Hispanic heritage, as well as the Papal and American flags, opens the Mass. Participants are encouraged to dress in the traditional attire of their countries of origin. The Mass draws faithful from around the region to celebrate the diversity and unity of the Hispanic Catholic community. All are invited to attend.

This marks Bishop Nelson J. Perez's first visit to Philadelphia since being ordained a bishop. A Philadelphia priest, Bishop Perez was most recently pastor of Saint Agnes Parish in West Chester (Chester County).

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Editor's Note: For more information call the Office for Hispanic Catholics at 215-667-2820 or visit

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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