Dolores Mission, a Jesuit Catholic Parish, walks with Christ who suffers, dies, and rises with the people in the Boyle Heights Community of East Los Angeles.
Dolores Mission Jesuit Parish, located in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles was established in 1925 to serve the poor Spanish-speaking immigrants of the community. In 1980, the Jesuits came to the parish to serve a neighborhood hampered by poverty and the effects of 7-9 active gangs in the two-square-mile parish.
In addition to sacramental preparation and liturgies, Dolores Mission provides extensive opportunities and services to counteract the neighborhood’s negative circumstances and positively impact the community.
Dolores Mission Parish interacts with the community through Christian Base Communities (commonly referred to as CEB’s) which are small faith groups that serve the larger community. Every group is formed of eight to twelve members, usually meeting once a week, representing individuals, families and their diversified backgrounds. Through dialogue, faith-based exercises and reflection about familial and social issues, base communities are the voices of the community providing Dolores Mission, and its community partners input, community organizing at times, and self-evaluation for more sufficient processes and programs.
Dolores Mission offers a variety of programs to serve the larger parish community such as:
- Base communities
- Community organizing—LA Voice leadership development
- Youth Religious Formation
- Neighborhood Clean-ups
- Walks for Peace
- Parish Celebrations
- Marriage Encounter Group
- Christmas Outreach
- Provide Space for Free Queens Care Nursing to Serve Community Health Initiative
- Spiritual Enrichment for Guadalupe Homeless Project
- Financial Assistance
- Sacramental Preparation
- Sunday Liturgies
- Women’s Auxiliary