St. Toribio relics in L.A. area

From Hawthorne to Rancho Cucamonga
St. Toribio

St. Toribio

The following comes from a July 4 posting on

The St. Toribio Relics Tour will be visiting parishes throughout the Southland in July, culminating with the Immigration Mass July 20 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

The relic, a bone from the left ankle of Santo Toribio, is encased in a 4-foot-5 statue of the saint, which was lent to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by the saint’s home chapel in Jalisco, Mexico. The Mexican-born martyred priest is venerated by immigrants for helping them reach the “dreamed land” safely and achieving success in the United States.

“Santo Toribio was a holy priest, a friend to the poor, and a man who loved Jesus so much that he was ready to die for him,” Archbishop José Gomez said. “This pilgrimage of his relic gives us all a chance to ask his prayers for our families, especially for our immigrant brothers and sisters as they seek the promise of America and to live with the dignity that God intends for them.”

Born in 1900, Toribio Romo was a Catholic priest and martyr during the Cristero War, an uprising against Mexico’s anti-Catholic government. He was killed in 1928 by federal troops for defending his religious faith. He was canonized on May 21, 2000, by Pope John Paul II.



Saint Joseph Catholic ChurchJuly 12 -14

11901 W 119th St,

Hawthorne, CA 90250

Phone: (310) 679-1139

Saturday, July 12

7:00 PM                           Mass. Solemn reception and procession with the image.

After Mass there will be time for devotion and reflection

Sunday, July 13

Masses in English – 6:00 AM, 10:45 AM and 12:30 PM

Bilingual Mass –  7:15 AM

Spanish – 9:00 AM, 2:15, 4:00 PM 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM

At all Sunday Masses the image will be in the sanctuary, and referral made to Santo Toribio’s testimony to the Faith.

Monday, July 14

6PM to 9PM               Relic Veneration

8:00 AM                    Mass – followed by a reflection on the meaning of Faith and

Martyrdom presented by Fr. Gustavo Castillo (bilingual)

5:00 PM                    Mass Reflection by Fr. Gustavo Castillo (Spanish)

7:00 PM                    Reflection on the Faith and the persecutions by Fr. Gustavo


Tuesday, July 15

8:00 AM                    Mass

Fr. Greg King, Pastor

(310) 679-1139, office


Our Lady of Perpetual Help July 15

82450 Bliss Ave.,

Indio, CA 92201

Phone: (760) 347-3507

July 15

Tuesday, July 15

TBA                                             Arrival

TBA                          Veneration

7:00 PM                    Mass

TBA                             Departure from Our Lady of Perpetual Help to Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart July 16

12704 Foothill Blvd.,

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Phone: (909) 899-1049

Wednesday, July 16

TBA                          Arrival

TBA                             Veneration

7:00 PM                         Mass

TBA                          Departure from Sacred Heart to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church


Saint Catherine of Siena July 17-19

18115 Sherman Way,

Reseda, CA 91335

Phone: (818) 343-2110

Thursday, July 17

11:00 AM                   Mass

3:00 PM                    Mass

7:00 PM                   Mass

Friday, July 18

11:00 AM                   Mass

3:00 PM                    Mass

7:00 PM                   Mass

*24 Hour Veneration

Serenades and dance, interactive museum, food and outdoor activities.

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  1. St. Toribio Romo is revered in this hemisphere as the Patron of Migrants. Although during his life-time he was not involved with helping migrants and immigrants, nonetheless, after his death he was seen by many people along the border to Mexico assisting migrants who had run out of food and water. St. Toribio continues to be invoked constantly in our own time by today’s migrants, immigrants, and refugees.

    • There is a difference between:
      1) REFUGEES (who are being persecuted for Religious or Political beliefs) and thereby granted asylum;
      2) LEGAL Immigrants;
      3) ILLEGAL Immigrants (who purposely break the law);

      There is not enough work in the USA for all the people who are already here.

      However, the USCCB should have been taking collections and sending money to those Diocese in Central America if – food, water, basic shelter, and basic health care was a problem.

      There is no good excuse for the lawlessness of today’s ILLEGAL immigration. And this lawlessness should not be supported by any Catholic Church, or the the USCCB and its agencies.

      • “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)

        “And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19)

        “Let them live among you wherever they like and in whatever town they choose. Do not oppress them.” (Deuteronomy 23:16)

        “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:34)

        “…41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46)

        • Jane, even in those quotes from the Old Testament, the Israelites made certain requirements for foreigners entering their country. They did not just let everyone in, and I doubt if the Holy Family broke the laws of Egypt to enter that country.

  2. Martyrs (those who die for their accurate Religious beliefs) have nothing to do with TODAY’s ILLEGAL immigration.
    St. Toribio was killed by government troops during the Mexican Cristero War in 1928.

    This is a political ploy by some US Bishops – using a Saint for political reasons which do not apply today.
    This is a disgrace and a Sacrilege.

  3. Anne T. says:

    I do not know what is going on. Maybe if some bishops had not shuffled sexual abusers around so much and across borders, we could believe what they say. without suspicion.

    • ” Take the Bishops entirely out of the money business.
      It clouds their judgment.
      “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt 6:21). “

  4. One blogger on another website said that we should keep the children since they were being used as innocent pawns in all this, and send the likes of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi over there to stay. I found it a rather novel and refreshing idea.

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