On February 2, 2020 Sr. Lucy Panettieri, MSC participate in the Mass of the Presentation of our Lord at Ascension Church where Sr. Martha Lopez, MSC is missioned. It was a wonderful experience seeing so many Catholic Hispanic men, women and children present at Mass. We calculated at least 1500 people were present. The entrance procession was led by Aztec dancers with their magnificent native garb. A couple represented Joseph and Mary with their own baby characterizing baby Jesus. Of course, Simeon and Anna could not be absent on such an occasion.
Ascension Church has six masses and each Mass has more than a thousand parishioners celebrating the Eucharist together.
After Mass, we gathered in the parish hall to celebrate with typical dancing, food and toys for all the children. What a festive activity to celebrate the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of Mary, Mother of God.