The diocese’s annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe drew many, largely from the Latino community, to the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on Dec. 11 for a morning marked by lively music, colorful costumes and devotion to Mary. The celebration began with the sacrament of reconciliation and prayers of the Rosary. Father Jamie Garcia, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, served as celebrant. This Mass was sponsored by the Office of Hispanic Ministry and the diocesan Guadalupe Committee. The feast day commemorates a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin in 1531 in the Mexican village of Guadalupe. The apparition is notable for the image the Virgin Mary left on his tilma, which has proved something of a scientific mystery, surviving a church bombing during the Mexican revolution and an acid spill during a routine cleaning.
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