Whose parish is gearing up for a big Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration?

We have a very vibrant Latino community at our parish and tonight we have one of the biggest celebrations of the year. We start with a Rosary, celebrate Mass, have a procession of the statue around the property and then a big fiesta. I am on staff and work in the Parish Life Center. The smell of the food being prepared is incredible. They will be back in the kitchen tomorrow making tamales for our Youth Ministry mission trip to Peru.

Jesus will be very happy with how well we are honoring his mother tonight!

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One of the biggest celebrations is described here: http://www.olacathedral.org/guadalupe/

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Began at 5 AM, there was Mass at 6 AM, huge procession downtown at 430 ish, another mass at 6 then a dinner/dance until ???

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The last few years I’ve gone to the Hispanic National Parish where they have stuff going on all week leading up to the big day and then about 6 Masses on the feast day with a huge outdoor temporary shrine, processions, folk dancers, the works, and everything is jam packed with people coming from three states. But that’s about 40 minutes drive away and I have a lot going on this year so I decided to just go to my parish, which I discovered does have a special Mass, but for some reason they do not put it on the regular Mass schedule so you have to know to read the fine print in the Spanish section of the bulletin or else know some Spanish parishioners who will tell you. I have no idea why it is not on the regular listing of Masses or on the website. I did notice a few other non-Hispanics there including some of the usual daily Mass crew who I see around the neighborhood at various daily Masses.

It was standing room only anyway, a little lower key than the one 40 minutes away but still had a very nice guitar group, a Bishop coming in specially to say the Mass in Spanish, people dressed like Aztecs blowing a conch as the Guadalupe statue is processed in, a blessing of everyone’s statues (including some statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Jude that were as big as the kids carrying them), and posole, pan and chocolate afterwards.

The family sitting in front of me dressed up their two infants in arms in Guadalupe outfits with headscarves, sombreros, and little mustaches penciled on their upper lips. They looked like tiny Mexican men. It was so cute.

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On Sunday, our parish had a big procession through town.

On a high school trip to Mexico, I saw the tilma. At the time, I was an inactive Southern Baptist. I couldn’t say for sure, but I believe Our Lady of Guadalupe nudged me toward the Catholic Church. I was received into the church 10 years after seeing the tilma.

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I saw on our Diocesan website that the Cathedral was packed tonight for Mass. They had dancers in procession in costume and it looked like a really big thing.

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