LA Shrine for OL of Guadalupe

Cathedral will create a mosaic from broken bits of donated china in an enlarged niche for Our Lady of Guadalupe.

By Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer

Honoring the Catholic heritage of Latinos, a shrine to Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels will be expanded at a cost of $250,000 and with thousands of pieces of broken china donated by Southern Californians…

The china will be used to fashion a sweeping mosaic on an existing cathedral courtyard wall that will form the backdrop of the expanded shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe…

Kostelnik said the shrine, against the north wall overlooking the Hollywood Freeway, already draws thousands of visitors each year, particularly from Latino communities. The faithful can often be seen kneeling, praying and lighting candles before a painting of the Virgin. Southern Californians who wish to contribute a china, ceramic or porcelain plate or cup to be broken and incorporated into the mosaic have until Monday evening to leave an item at a bin in the cathedral courtyard near the shrine. Monday is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“We’re inviting every family in Los Angeles to come and bring a piece of china from their home, something closely related to them, something that has been at their table. Come and bring it over, and let that piece be a part of this mural, a part of this shrine,” Garcia said. On Friday, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony donated a red-trimmed china plate, which Kostelnik ceremonially broke with a hammer before depositing it in a bin.

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