Hundreds of Catholics processed through Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in a special Eucharistic procession for the poor this month. The event was organized by the Beloved Movement, a forum that promotes discipleship and spiritual community. An estimated 700 people attended the Hollywood Beloved Procession after Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church on Nov. 17.
As part of the event, volunteers on the walk sat and listened to some of the city’s homeless population on the boulevard. Seminarians from St. John’s Seminary and Queen of the Angels led the procession. It was also attended by members of several religious orders, including the Friars and Sisters of the Poor Jesus and Daughters of St. Paul. The Beloved Movement website says the procession seeks to remind people of the common dignity between those on the streets and those who are not. Since Christ bore the weaknesses of mankind, it says, there is no need to be afraid of each other.
The Beloved Movement partners with various organizations to foster relationships between homeless people and non-homeless people in Los Angeles. Father Spencer Lewrenz, one of the primary organizers of the event, said those in poverty need more than just resources.