The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 It was a chilly day in December 1531 when Juan Diego was walking in the desert on his way to Mass. Suddenly, a lady in a blue mantle appeared with a crown of 12 stars and the moon under her feet.

The lady was the Virgin Mary and she told him to ask the Bishop to build a chapel on the Tepeyac Hill in her honor. After Juan made many futile pleas to Bishop Zummarraga, finally he complied to Our Lady’s wish and built the church.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico and the Americas, is veneratedeach year on December 12th in our Catholic Church. Thousandsand thousands of pilgrims travel from all over the world to visit her basilica in Mexico and honor her. Here at Holy Family Catholic School, we also have a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.  

Every year the Spanish department and Sister Dorothy organize a special Mass complete with a mariachi band to celebrate her feast day.  To add to the festiveness of the Mass, many students wear clothes which represent their cultural background.

Lastly, a handful of 8th graders perform a reenactment of Juan Diego’s story for the whole congregation to see. All in all, Holy Family School has a colorful and reverent Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Article written by Maria, student at Holy Family Catholic School, Orlando