(FOX 11 / CNS) Christmas in the Los Angeles area today will include traditional Masses and church services celebrating the birth of Jesus and efforts to help the needy.
Archbishop Jose Gomez will be the principal celebrant for a 12:30 p.m. Spanish-language Christmas Day Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. English-language Christmas Day Masses will be celebrated at the cathedral at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Gomez will be joined by Sheriff Lee Baca in celebrating Christmas Mass with the general population inmates at Men's Central Jail. "Christmas tells us that God loves all of us -- just as a father loves his little baby -- with a precious love, with a tender mercy,'' Gomez said.
At the San Gabriel Mission, the fourth oldest of California's 21 missions, English-language Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the chapel and 9:30 a.m. in the old mission. Spanish-language Masses will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the chapel. A Vietnamese-language Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. in the chapel.
Union Station Homeless Services will feed 2,000 homeless and low-income adults and children and people who are alone in Pasadena's Central Park.
The Laugh Factory in Hollywood will conduct its 34th annual free Christmas Day Feast for anyone away from home, those who might be lonely, homeless or in need of a warm meal, a hug or a laugh. Top comics will join other celebrities in helping serve each guest a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Comics will perform live shows following meals served at 1 p.m, 3, p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Temple Israel of Hollywood's 28th annual Christmas Dinner for the Hungry and Homeless will provide Christmas dinners for needy men, women and children at Hollywood United Methodist Church.
In his Christmas radio address broadcast today, at which he was joined by his wife Michelle, President Barack Obama told Americans "this is a season for millions of Americans to be together with family, to continue long-held holiday traditions and to show our gratitude for those we love.''
Obama also said "we want all of our troops to know that you're in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season.''