Saint Agnes Catholic Church (Courtesy Photo)

On Saturday, Dec. 8approximately 300 people are expected to pour into Saint Agnes Catholic Church’s Parish Hall in Arlington to celebrate the anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Mother to Juan Diego on Dec. 12, 1531.  Following the Mass, there will be a candle lit procession with some of the faithful carrying a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, followed by praying the rosary, and a potluck dinner with live entertainment –a mariachi band.

Saturday, Dec. 8
Mass time:   5 p.m.
Marian procession, Dinner, & Live music: 6 p.m.

Saint Agnes Catholic Church
Church and Parish Hall 
1910 N. Randolph Street

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 he 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.

That cloak is displayed today in the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City.