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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Archbishop Jose Gomez is expected to hold several masses this weekend at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in celebration of Christmas.

The first, a children’s mass, is set to begin at 4 p.m., followed by a Spanish-language Christmas Eve Mass at 7 p.m. and another English mass at 9 p.m. Starting at 11:30 p.m., Christmas carols will be sung before the start of the midnight mass.

On Christmas day, Gomez will hold an 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. mass in English and a 12:30 p.m. mass in Spanish.

In his Christmas message to the community, Gomez wrote:

“I pray that this Christmas we will all open ourselves to God’s gift and allow a new spirit of generous love to be born in our hearts.

“Jesus told us to give our love in a special way to those who have nothing they can offer us in return,” Gomez wrote. “So in this new year, let us try to have a more compassionate love for the poor, the unborn, the prisoner, the immigrant and the sick.”

Gomez also asked Catholics “to be more generous with our time, more present to others, less distracted.”

“One thing that would help — let’s try to turn off our phones and computers more often so we can really pay attention to the people we love,” Gomez wrote.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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