Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration of a Growing Faith
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
December 15, 2022
CARPENTERSVILLE—Our Lady of Guadalupe has always been celebrated in a special way in parishes offering Mass in Spanish in the Diocese of Rockford.  But the faith in Our Lady of Guadalupe is growing in the diocese. 
 
This year, St. Bridget Parish in Rockford had its first celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A group of parishioners met to pray the rosary and sing to Our Lady.
 
“I’m very devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe, she has interceded many miracles and I have faith she will grant me another one,” said Cristina Huesca who is a parishioner of St. Joseph, Elgin, and attended the Mass and celebration at her parish.
 
At St. Monica in Carpentersville, Bishop David Malloy celebrated the feast day Mass for about 1,000 people where he explained the apparition in Tepeyac in 1531, which was acted out by a group of parishioners before Mass. 
 
The performance demonstrated the petition of Our Lady of Guadalupe for a shrine when she appeared to indigenous Juan Diego. The actors showed how Juan Diego brought roses as directed by Our Lady and carried them in his cloak to  show them to the local bishop as a proof of her apparition. When Juan Diego opened his cloak before the bishop in addition to flowers there was the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the same image that is preserved today at the shrine dedicated to her in Mexico City.
 
At the end of the Mass those in attendance went to the parish hall to watch dancers and share chocolate, champurrado and bread. 
 
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