Asian Catholics gather for annual community Mass

Cardinal Cupich presided over the fifth Asian Community Mass at St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish at St. Barbara Church on Aug. 27, 2023. The Mass, hosted in partnership with the Asian Catholic Initiative of the Archdiocese of Chicago, celebrated the multicultural diversity of the archdiocese and offered Asian Catholics the opportunity to gather with Cardinal Cupich to honor the Virgin Mary who is particularly revered among Asian Catholics. Prayers of the Faithful were offered in Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and Indonesian languages. Five different choirs sang in their native Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian and English languages. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
A holy water font pictured in the back of the church. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Father Tirso Villaverde, pastor of St. Julie Billiart in Tinley Park, and Father RG Cagbabanua RCJ, pastor of St Donatus Parish in Blue Island, walk together in the opening procession. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Worshippers greet Cardinal Cupich as he processes. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Far left, Father Francis Li, pastor of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, joins Cardinal Cupich in the opening prayer. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Servers smile as Cardinal Cupich delivers the homily. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Members of one of the choirs listen to the Prayers of the Faithful that were offered in Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and Indonesian languages. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Joy Rose Chen and her sister Kaley Mary Chen bring up the gifts to Cardinal Cupich. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Members of the Catholic Indonesian Community pray during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Joined by visiting priests at the altar, Cardinal Cupich leads the Our Father. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Two angel statues and holy water fonts anchor the back of church as Cardinal Cupich concelebrates the Eucharistic Prayer with priests. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Father Tu Jin Paul Kim from the Korean Martyrs Catholic Center, 4115 N. Kedvale Ave., distributes Communion during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Members of the Filipino choir sing during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Servers process out of church after Mass. All were headed for a feast of different Asian dishes. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)