Celebrate The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
On December 12, we celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Lady is Mexico's patron saint, Patroness of the Americas, and a symbol of love and strength for Latin Americans and believers across the world.
Our Lady of Guadalupe has called Catholics back to the faith and moved others to embrace the faith. Today, Our Lady continues to empower our evangelization efforts with her constant proclamation of the Gospel. Most importantly, as the Patroness of the Americas and the Star of the First and New Evangelization, she calls us to encounter and accompany the stranger in our midst.
Partake in this celebration in your local diocese, parish, or school!
Please see the JFI toolkit developed for this occasion. We also suggest that you familiarize yourself with the way in which other dioceses celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe; these celebrations might provide a useful model:
- The Archdiocese of Washington, DC, holds an event in honor of our of Our Lady of Guadalupe every year - Walk with Mary - which consists of a pilgrimage from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is holding its 88th Anniversary Procession and Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the oldest religious procession in the city. It ends at East Los Angeles College, where Archbishop José Gomez will celebrate Mass.
- The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will hold its annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession in Downtown Houston and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo will celebrate Mass at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
- Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh will be the celebrant for the annual Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Paul Cathedral. Ceremonies will begin with Eucharistic Adoration, a Rosary, and Eucharistic Benediction.
Our Lady of Guadalupe provides an opportunity to reflect on the current migration situation, educate others on Church teaching related to this phenomenon, and to recognize the important role that she plays in the lives of millions of Catholic faithful.
Join us in celebrating and honoring this important and holy day!