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Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners

News of the Diocese

December 16, 2021

Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners
Bishop enjoys Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration with Sacred Heart Chapel parishioners

In Mexico, Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is a major celebration with Mass, music, food and dancing. It recalls a series of visits in 1531 by the Blessed Mother – also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe or la Virgen de Guadalupe – to a poor Mexican Indian widower named Juan Diego.

The Blessed Mother today is the patroness of the Americas and of Mexico.

At Capilla del Sagrado Corazon – Sacred Heart Chapel – in Lorain, the annual Guadalupe celebration is much the same as those in Mexico, but on a smaller scale.

This year, Bishop Edward Malesic celebrated Mass at the Hispanic parish on Dec. 12. Concelebrating were Father Bill Thaden, Sacred Heart pastor, and Father Francisco Honorato Garnica, CSJ, who was installed by the bishop earlier that day as pastor of another Hispanic parish – La Sagrada Familia – in Cleveland. The mariachi band that played at Sagrada Familia also provided music at the Sacred Heart Chapel Mass and celebration.

Prior to Mass, parishioners prayed the rosary in the church. In the gathering area, people could purchase candles and roses to place before the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in the church.

In the hall, volunteers were preparing Mexican food for the feast after Mass.

The entrance procession included members of the Guadalupe Society and other parishioners as well as the altar servers and clergy.

Father Thaden welcomed the bishop to Sacred Heart Chapel before Mass.

“Mary is very present to us at this Mass,” the bishop told the congregation. “She has a close bond with her son and places our hands in the hand of Jesus.”

Father Garnica was the homilist. He spoke about the new evangelism and the role of the Blessed Mother in the Church. “She is the presence of hope, of light in darkness,” he said, speaking in Spanish. He also shared some of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her visits to St. Juan Diego.

After Communion, a parishioner dressed as Juan Diego and cradling a bouquet of roses in his tilma (cloak), presented the flowers to the bishop, who then walked to the shrine and placed the roses at the feet of the Blessed Mother. He spent a few minutes in silent prayer before returning to the altar to conclude the Mass.

“My motto is ‘Serve the Lord with gladness,’” the bishop told the congregation. “And Father Bill does that.”

Our faith ultimately saves us, the bishop said, as he thanked the congregation for being a blessing to the diocese. “The Lord wants to hear from you. Faith is a gift the Lord gave to us and our response should be, ‘Thank you, Lord.’ We must share that gift with others. This parish has a strong, rich, deep faith, but so many others need to learn about our faith. If someone asks where you got your faith, you can tell them Sagrada Corizon and invite them to come with you,” the bishop said.

He encouraged the congregation to “go fishing for people. The Lord has given you what you need; go and share it. We need to get our faith outside.”

Regarding vocations, the bishop asked the faithful to listen to how the Lord is calling them – if it’s to the priesthood, single life, marriage, vowed religious, etc. – and not to be afraid to answer that call.

“Thank you for your faith and your hospitality. You have no idea how much your faith means to me and how much it helps me,” he added.

After Mass, the bishop mingled with parishioners and enjoyed a Mexican meal and more music by the mariachi band.

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