Guadelupe Holy Family (Courtesy Photo)

Guadelupe Holy Family (Courtesy Photo)

For the more than the 200,000 Hispanic Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington, the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe Monday, Dec, 12, 2016, is one of the most important days of the year.  And while the Diocese will be celebrating this feast day as it does every year in its parishes, this year in particular it will be designated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops as a “Day of Prayer and Solidarity with Families of Immigrants”.

In a statement, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said, “As Christmas approaches and especially on this feast of Our Lady, we are reminded of how our savior Jesus Christ was not born in the comfort of his own home, but rather in an unfamiliar manger.”

“On this feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, let us strive to imitate the Virgin Mary in her loving submission to God’s will and ask her to intercede for peace in our nation and throughout the world,” said the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington.

Numerous parishes and ministries of the Diocese will mark the feast day with special Masses, processions and cultural events, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, including:

Holy Family 
14160 Ferndale Road 
Dale City, Va. 
6:30 p.m..
Mass, followed by a reception with a mariachi band in Father Griffin Hall.

Our Lady of Angels 
13752 Mary’s Way 
Woodbridge, Va.
5:00 A.M. Mañanitas to the Virgin at 5:00 am, followed by Mass
7:00 P.M. Mass, followed by a procession with our Lady of Guadalupe, concluding our celebration in the gym.

Good Shepherd 
8710 Mt. Vernon Highway 
Alexandria, Va.  
5:00 p.m.. K-6 RE Classes
7:00 p.m.. Mass Virgin of Guadalupe alx
7:00 p.m. Bible Timeline Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Reception Virgen de Guadalupe 
7:30 p.m. Spanish Prayer Group

Apparition of  Our Lady of Guadalupe 
The Virgin Mary appeared to a poor man named Juan Diego on Dec. 9, 1531.  The Virgin asked him that a shrine be built in her name in the exact spot where she appeared in Tepayac Hill – which is now in Mexico City.  Diego did what the Virgin asked, but when Diego told the bishop of the request and the apparition, the bishop did not believe him and demanded a sign before he would approve construction of the shrine.  On December 12, the Virgin Mary reappeared to Juan Diego.  She asked him to collect roses from the top of Tepayac Hill which was normally barren – especially in December, and to place the roses in his cloak.  When Juan Diego took the roses to the bishop, the roses fell to the floor – and Juan Diego’s cloak revealed the image of the Virgin Mary.

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