By the time someone realized that staff, volunteers, and crew members participating in the Long Beach Grand Prix needed someone to celebrate Mass for them on Palm Sunday, it seemed that every priest in the San Pedro Pastoral Region was unavailable. 

Except for one: Bishop Marc Trudeau, the region’s episcopal vicar. 


On Sunday, April 14, Trudeau celebrated Sunday Mass in a meeting room in the Long Beach Convention Center just steps away from the racetrack. 

As the sound of race cars reverberated through the assembly, Trudeau joked that it reminded him of the sound of cars looking for parking outside of church on Sundays.

Race fans, some of them wearing checkered flag attire, join hand as Bishop Marc Trudeau celebrated mass with volunteers, fans and other participants of the Long Beach Grand Prix. (JOHN MCCOY)

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