This year our Parish will be celebrating this beautiful Marian Feast Day on Thursday, December 12th. Refreshments and fellowship will follow immediately after the Mass in the Parish Center. All are welcome!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Holy Rosary begins at 6PM
Spanish Mass begins at 7PM
In 1531, a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to Juan Diego, a humble Native American at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City. She identified Herself as the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and earth. She made a request for a Church to be built on the site, and Juan Diego submitted Her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated, and requested a sign, the Mother of God obeyed without delay or question, sending Her native messenger to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assortment of roses for the Bishop.
After complying to the request for a sign, She left for us an image of Herself imprinted miraculously on the native's tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years, but shows no sign of decay after more than 475 years later. It still defies all scientific explanations of its' origin.
Her message is of love and compassion, and a universal promise of help and protection to all mankind. An incredible list of miracles, cures, and interventions are attributed to Her. 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.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12th. In 1999, Pope John Paul II, in his homily from the Solemn Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, during his third visit to the sanctuary, declared the date of December the 12th as a Liturgical Holy Day for the whole continent. During the same visit, Pope John Paul II entrusted the cause of life to Her loving protection, and placed under Her motherly care the innocent lives of children, especially those who are in danger of not being born.
"Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who am your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."
(Words of Our Lady to Juan D ego) Information obtained from:
Our Lady of Guadalupe - Patroness of the Americas website: http://www.sancta.org/