March 6, 2023

Archbishop Pérez to Celebrate the Annual Cultural Heritage Mass

The Mass will be streamed live via and

Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Annual Cultural Heritage Mass. Priests from 14 apostolates serving 36 parishes with distinct cultural and pastoral services will concelebrate this liturgy.  

Saturday, March 11, 2023
Procession (2:00 p.m.)
Mass (2:30 p.m.)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Mass highlights the rich history and cultural diversity of the Catholic community in the five-county Archdiocese, which is comprised of people tracing their origins to Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, and Native American communities. The Mass theme this year joins the call of the Synod of Bishops: “Enlarge the Space of the Tent”.  -Isaiah 52:2-4 

Representatives from approximately 28 different national, ethnic, and/or Eastern Catholic Church traditions will participate throughout the Liturgy. Scripture readings and prayers will be proclaimed in eight languages including Polish, Konkani, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Tvi, Urdu, and Swahili.  Including English, 15 different languages will be spoken or sung at the Cultural Heritage Mass. Moreover, eight parish choirs will provide multilingual music at the Mass.

Participants dressed in native attire will walk in the opening procession behind banners that display their country of origin. All are welcome to attend.

The Cultural Heritage Mass is organized by the Office for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees. It is supported by the Pontifical Mission Societies and the Office of Cultural Ministries. The Office for Cultural Ministries is composed of the Office for Black Catholics, the Office for Hispanic Catholics and the Office for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.



Editor’s Note: For more information, please contact Sister Gertrude Borres, director of the Office for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees, at 215-587-3540.

The Cultural Heritage Mass will be live streamed at and

No mult-box feed will be provided. Cameras will be permitted in the Cathedral. They must remain clear of the main aisle and altar. 


Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747 (office)