Denver 30-May 1-Jun Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Hartford 6-Jun 15-Jun Knights of Columbus Museum
La Crosse 21-Jun 22-Jun Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Springfield, IL 28-Jun 29-Jun Diocesan Jubilee, State Fairgrounds
Sacramento 4-Jul 6-Jul Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Chicago 25-Jul 26-Jul Our Lady of Tepeyac Church
Gary 27-Jul 28-Jul St. Stanislaus Church
Washington DC 9-Aug 9-Aug National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
New Orleans 30-Aug 31-Aug St. Patrick Church
Detroit 15-Aug 16-Aug TBA
Grand Rapids 17-Aug 17-Aug Shrine of St. Francis Xavier and Our Lady
Dallas 14-Sep 16-Sep Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Palm Beach 10-Oct 12-Oct Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola
Phoenix/Tucson 31-Oct 2-Nov TBA
Salt Lake 5-Nov 9-Nov St. Juan Diego High School
New York 5-Dec 7-Dec Cathedral of St. Patrick
December 12, 2006
Our Lady of Guadalupe
The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the sixteenth century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story.
A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning, December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady.
He was walking by a hill called Tepeyac when he heard beautiful music like the warbling of birds. A radiant cloud appeared and within it a young Native American maiden dressed like an Aztec princess. The lady spoke to him in his own language and sent him to the bishop of Mexico, a Franciscan named Juan de Zumarraga. The bishop was to build a chapel in the place where the lady appeared.
Eventually the bishop told Juan Diego to have the lady give him a sign. About this same time Juan Diegos uncle became seriously ill. This led poor Diego to try to avoid the lady. The lady found Diego, nevertheless, assured him that his uncle would recover and provided roses for Juan to carry to the bishop in his cape or tilma.
When Juan Diego opened his tilma in the bishops presence, the roses fell to the ground and the bishop sank to his knees. On Juan Diegos tilma appeared an image of Mary as she had appeared at the hill of Tepeyac. It was December 12, 1531.