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On May 5, St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Loma Linda celebrated its 80th Anniversary with a special multicultural Mass, presided by Bishop Alberto Rojas.

“Our parish has flourished the past 80 years; there are 26 cultures that create our unique parish community,” said Rosemary A. Egle-Hopwood, the parish’s Business Manager. “There have been numerous generations that have passed through here and families continue to attend our parish because of this community.”

The parishioners especially enjoyed celebrating the special multicultural Mass with Bishop Rojas, the missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette present, Monsignor Gerard Lopez, Vicar General of the Diocese, and retired Pastor, Rev. Ignatius Rodrigues.

A fiesta after the Mass was also a multicultural celebration with several multicultural dances; Indian dance, Ghanaian song and dance, Folklorico dance, Irish dance, Filipino dance and Indonesian dance. In addition, the food showcased multicultural food staples. There was also a car show, raffle baskets, a chance raffle, cake walk and a bounce house.