San Diego, CA: Portuguese Festa do Espirito Santo

On this year’s feast of Pentecost, we attended a 700 year old tradition that is celebrated throughout Portugal, and the Portuguese diaspora – Festa do Espirito Santo. As a small child, I remember going to Festa with my Portuguese grandmother in Arcata, California. After morning Mass, a beautiful but simple parade of statues and young… Continue reading San Diego, CA: Portuguese Festa do Espirito Santo

Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA: Saint Joseph’s Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration

On the solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19th, we went on a little pilgrimage to Mission San Juan Capistrano, via rail. Of course our children loved that we went by train. We began our journey in prayer… O Lord, please bless us on this day of pilgrimage. Open our hearts to experience the beauty of… Continue reading Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA: Saint Joseph’s Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration