Parishes Prepare to Celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
More than 40 churches and mission communities in the Diocese of Raleigh have scheduled Masses and celebrations in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which takes place December 12, 2012. The day marks one of the most important religious holidays in the Mexican Church calendar, commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Saint Juan Diego in 1531. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located near the site of the apparition, hosts an estimated ten million pilgrims a year, making it the most popular Marian shrine in the world.
The feast day is celebrated in many Latin American countries and in many parishes in the United States. Several parishes hold the celebrations as early as the evening before, while others conduct prayers and reenactments at midnight and in the early morning hours.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will attend the Feast Day celebration at Saint Stephen the First Martyr Parish in Sanford. Mass will begin at 6:15 a.m., followed by a breakfast reception. Fr. Robert Ippolito, M.S., will serve as celebrant and homilist.
View a list of Masses and special services scheduled at Diocesan parishes and missions (PDF).