On Tuesday, December 12, Catholic dioceses across the United States will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn. Many events are taking place throughout December, "to honour the accomplishments, hopes, fears, and needs of all families who have come to the US seeking a better life."
"As we enter the Advent season and Christmas approaches, we are reminded of the unique role and importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a unifier and peacebuilder for communities. We honour her role as protectress of families, including those families separated and far from home," stated Bishop Joe S Vásquez, Bishop of Austin, Texas, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration.
More than 55 prayer services, Masses, processions and other events will be held in dioceses across the country as the Catholic Church continues to accompany migrants and refugees seeking opportunity to provide for their families. On December 12, 2017, a Mass honouring our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Mario Dorsonville, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, at St Peter's Church in Washington, DC at 12.10pm. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, visit the Justice for Immigrants (JFI) website at; https://justiceforimmigrants.org/lady-guadalupe-resource-page/ which has background material and scriptural information on Our Lady of Guadalupe in English and Spanish, a nationwide map of events and community celebration ideas.