This year we have a very special opportunity to bring our parish together to celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is the Patroness of all the Americas, given to us to pray for our protection and well-being. See the true story of Juan Diego below and how Our Lady’s intercession and vision aided the conversion of millions across North, South and Central America.
Fr. Scott Schilmoeller has gifted a life-size image of the Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe that he brought from his pilgrimage to Mexico City this past summer. It will be installed this week in the entrance of St. Mary’s Church; providing a place for everyone in our parish to honor Our Lady and pray for her intercession.
(original tilma in the Basillica of OLG in Mexico City)
Everyone is Invited to Join the Celebration!
- On Wednesday, our parish school and community members are welcome to join us for Mass at 8:20 am in honor of Our Lady’s Feast day.
Then, on Sunday, December 16th we will have a community celebration for Our Lady of Guadalupe:
- We begin the day with Mañanitas prayers at 5am in St. Mary’s Church. Our Spanish choirs will be leading with traditional Mexican music sung in honor of Mary.
- Next, come together for 11:30 Bilingual Mass to celebrate as One People and enthrone the image of the Tilma for St. Mary’s Church
- After Mass, the celebration continues in Burns Gym from 12:30pm to 3pm with great food, traditional music and dance, Hispanic hospitality and fellowship.
The rest of the true story…. Our Lady of Guadalupe.
In 1531 a “Lady from Heaven” appeared to a humble Native American named Juan Diego in what is now Mexico City, identifying herself as the ever Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God. She made a request for a Church to be built on the site of her appearance. When Juan Diego communicated her wish to the local Bishop, he hesitated, and requested a sign. The Mother of God obeyed by sending Juan Diego to the top of a hill in mid-December to gather an assortment of roses for the Bishop. Juan Diego gathered these roses in his ‘Tilma’, the outer garment worn by men who work in fields. After carrying the roses and presenting them to the Bishop, there was an image of Mary miraculously imprinted on the Tilma. This tilma, which should have deteriorated in 20 years, shows no sign of decay 476 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.
Today, the site of her appearance is marked with a Large church in Mexico City containing the original Tilma. An incredible list of miracles, cures and interventions have occurred by visiting and honoring this site. Yearly, an estimated 10 million visit her Basilica, making her Mexico City home the most popular Marian shrine in the world, and the most visited Catholic church in the world next to the Vatican.
Mary appeared to Juan Diego during a time of war and strife, and promised compassion, love and protection to the suffering people through her Son Jesus. Within 7 years of her appearance 6,000,000 Aztec Indians converted to Christianity.
She is the patroness of all of the Americas and we humbly ask for her intercession and protection for all in our parish. Our Lady of Guadalupe. Pray for us.