In December 1531, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac in Mexico. It was here that she identified herself as the Mother of God and the mother of all humanity and asked Juan Diego to build her a shrine, so she could share her love and compassion. Juan Diego was dismissed by the archbishop and asked to provide proof of the encounter.
Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego on the mountain again and told him to pick some flowers to present to the archbishop. The flowers were placed in his tilma, which he carried to present to the archbishop. When the flowers fell, they left the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe imprinted on the tilma, which can still be seen today at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
For many years, Our Lady of Hope has celebrated the feast day of Our of Guadalupe. It is a unique celebration because it is an opportunity to not only celebrate Our Lady but also to celebrate this community.
“This celebration brings together both the English and Spanish communities in a beautiful way,” Fr. Juan says. “It demonstrates how Our Lady brings us together as brothers and sisters and shows us the unity of what is offered in the Mass. It is a beautiful way to see that unity.”
This year’s celebration will take place on Dec. 10, starting with a bilingual Rosary at 9 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m. After Mass, there will be a procession of the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the church to the gym where the celebration will be held.
The food will be donated by different Mexican restaurants from around town. However, assistance is needed to help decorate both the altar dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the gym for the celebration.
“We invite everyone,” Fr. Juan says. “We have a mariachi band. The beauty of the band brings a lot of festivity. We share all of the traditions and everyone comes to learn and experience the culture. The main point is bringing us together as one community. We are made to celebrate our faith, and it is what makes us the body of Christ, being together. If you haven’t come to this celebration, we invite you to join us to pray and celebrate our faith together. ”
If you have questions or would like more information, contact Fr. Juan at 812-254-2883.