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: A special ceremony was held at the Mission’s Serra Chapel on Monday, Aug. 31 in honor of the upcoming canonization of Father Junípero Serra. Photo: Allison Jarrell
A “Mass of Unification and Celebration” was held at the Mission’s Serra Chapel on Monday, Aug. 31 in honor of Father Jim Nieblas traveling to the upcoming canonization of Father Junípero Serra. Photo: Allison Jarrell

By Allison Jarrell

In honor of Father Junípero Serra’s canonization by Pope Francis on Sept. 23, Mission San Juan Capistrano is honoring its founder with a week of celebratory events, including live streaming video of Pope Francis ordaining Serra as Saint Serra. Pope Francis is visiting the U.S. for the canonization and will perform the ceremony at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The Mission’s celebration begins Sunday, Sept. 20, with a ceremonial bell ringing at 9 a.m., followed by a special tour at 2 p.m. The bell-ringing and tour will commence each day through Sept. 27, with the exception of Sept. 23. On Sept. 21, the Mission’s “Legacy of Saint Serra” exhibit will open, featuring Father Serra’s road to sainthood. Monsignor Arthur Holquin will give a lecture, “Legacy of Father Serra,” on Sept. 22 beginning at 10 a.m.

On Sept. 23, followed by the bell ringing at 9 a.m. and a moment of silence, the Mission will present live streaming in the central courtyard from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. of the papal mass and official canonization of Father Serra. A ceremonial bell-ringing will take place at noon.

The Mission’s celebration continues through Sept. 27 with a daily bell ringing at 9 a.m., special tours at 2 p.m. and the “Legacy of Saint Serra” exhibit.

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  • Saint Junipero Serra, pray for us!

  • This article doesn’t talk about the Mass at all! It’s a press release to benefit the Mission! I URGE Allison to read Orange County Catholic’s article (Sept. 13th issue) on this Mass. According to Orange County Catholic, it was “an occasion to provide a sendoff blessing for the principal celebrant of the Mass, Father Jim Nieblas”. Allison doesn’t even have his name with the photo! I wonder if Allison was coerced into promoting the Mission instead of this special event? There’s only one person I can think of at the Mission, if she was at the Mass, that would take over and make it suit her needs……

    • wifeofhandsome,
      Thank you for your comments. We used this photo with last week’s story about the canonization of Father Junipero Serra and the events at the Mission honoring that ordination because the Mass was held in the Serra Chapel to honor Father Jim Nieblas as he heads to Serra’s canonization. We felt it was very relevant.
      It was by mistake that we did not include Father Jim Nieblas’ name in the photo caption, so we have added it to the online version of the story.

      • Allison-thank you for your reply. To further clarify for everyone, the article in the Orange County Catholic explains it’s not just a sendoff, Father Jim Nieblas was asked by Monsignor Arthur Holquin being the first, (and only) ordained Juaneno Roman Catholic priest. Bishop Vann accepted the suggestion, personally asking Father Jim Nieblas to represent the Mission as a Native American from San Juan Capistrano. Father Jim Nieblas has accepted the invitation that originated from Pope Francis.
        It’s still a shame that the Mission got THEIR advertising but there’s no details about what the Orange County Catholic describes as a SPECIAL Mass. From what I’ve heard Father Jim Nieblas is a very special man.

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