Parishes and Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago to Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Friday December 10 to Sunday December 12 – Press Releases


Activities to include Masses including a Rose Mass, dances, tributes, dramatization of Our Lady’s apparition in San Juan Diego, and holy hours

Chicago, IL (December 9, 2021) – Parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, December 10, Saturday, December 11, and Sunday, December 12. This year marks the 490th anniversary of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, when Hispanic Catholics and other groups celebrate the multiple appearances of the Virgin Mary to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an Aztec convert to Catholicism.

Between December 9 and 12, 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared several times to Saint Juan Diego. During an apparition, she asked him to bring a request to the Archbishop of Mexico City for a church to be built in her honor. Despite the wintry weather, she filled her coat with roses and inscribed her image in them. This garment is now on display in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and attracts millions of pilgrims each year.

The following list is a partial list of parishes and schools celebrating special masses, rosaries, plays and other activities in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Parish of St. Agnes of Bohemia, 2651 S. Central Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois (Small village)

The celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe will begin with a Mass on Saturday December 11 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Coronation of the Virgin, mañanitas (the traditional Mexican birthday song) with mariachi at midnight. A group of parishioners will come to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to participate in the annual torch race. The bus carrying the runners will leave at 8:00 p.m., the lighting of the torches will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the shrine and the runners will return to Saint Agnes for the mañanitas and the 5:00 a.m. mass. Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Lombardo will be the main celebrant for Mass.

For more information, please call 773.522.0142.

Saint-Donat, 1939 Union St., Blue Island, Ill.

The Saint-Donat parish will begin its celebration on Saturday December 11 at 6 p.m., with the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. and will offer 12 hours of continuous activities including masses, tributes, a dramatization of the apparition of Our Lady in San Juan Diego. and a holy hour. The celebration will end with a rose mass on Sunday December 12 at 6 p.m.

For more information, please call 708.385.2890.

Epiphany Catholic School, 2725 S Kolin Ave, Chicago, Illinois, and Good Shephard Catholic School, 2524 S. Keeler Ave., Chicago, Ill. all school processions (Petit Village)

Parishes and Schools in Little Village will honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and bring the same spirit of traditional processions to Des Plaines and the Basilica of Mexico City by hosting the 2nd Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession and School Mass Catholic Epiphany at the Good Shepherd Catholic School in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. Starting at 8:30 a.m., students, faculty and community members will travel from Epiphany, 4223 W 25th St. Chicago, to Good Shepherd School and Parish, 2725 S. Kolin Ave., to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday December. 10, weather permitting. The rainy date is Mon December 13th. Mass at the Good Shepherd will begin around 9 a.m. Current Covid restrictions allow families to walk with their students’ classes as long as they remain masked.

Students and families will be encouraged to wear and leave roses at the base of the Our Lady of Guadalupe statue after Mass. In addition, all will be encouraged to bring rosaries and other appropriate items (such as images of Our Lady) for the procession. Finally, students and families are encouraged to wear colors representative of the Mexican flag (red, white and green).

Saint Genevieve, 4835 W. Altgeld St., and Bishop and martyr of Saint Stanislaus, 5352 W. Belden Ave., Chicago, Illinois (Belmont Cragin)

On Saturday December 11, after the 9 p.m. mass in Saint-Stanislas, everyone is invited to participate in a pilgrimage from Saint-Stanislas to the Sainte-Geneviève parish with a serenade in honor of Our Lady with mariachi at 11 p.m.

Sunday, December 12 – Regular Mass will be followed by Rose Mass at 7 p.m.

For more information, please call 773.641.9206.

Parish of the Immaculate Conception, 2745 W. 44th. St., Chicago, Illinois (Brighton Park)

The celebration will begin on Sunday, December 12 at midnight with Mariachi music. A serenade at Notre-Dame (mañanitas) at 6:00 a.m. Masses will be celebrated in Spanish at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. Rose Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. followed by Mariachi at 8:15 p.m.

For more information, please call 773.523.1402.

Parish of the Immaculate Conception, 2944 E. 88th. St., Chicago, Illinois (South Chicago)

The Mañanitas will be sung on Sunday December 12 at 5 a.m. with a mass at 5 p.m. followed by the inauguration of their cave in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

For more information, please call 773.768.2100.

Parish of St. Mary of Czestochowa, 3010 S. 48th. Ct., Cicero, Ill.

The celebration will begin with mañanitas at 5 a.m. on Sunday December 12, the Rosary at 5:30 a.m. and the Mass of Roses at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

For more information, please call 708.652.0948.

Mision San Juan Diego, 2323 N. Wilke Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill.

On Saturday December 11, the celebration will begin with a parish gathering at 6 p.m. followed by an hour of reflection at 7 p.m. and dances in honor of Notre-Dame at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., there will be a serenade at Notre-Dame. A special shipment and blessing for pilgrims to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines will take place at 11 p.m. The celebration will end with Rose Mass on Sunday, December 12 at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 12 – Misión San Juan Diego will celebrate its regular Mass schedule with a Rose Mass at 7 p.m.

For more information, please call 847-590-9332.

Church of the Most Holy Trinity, 450 Keller Ave. in Waukegan, Ill.

Saturday December 11 – The celebration will begin at the Immaculate Conception Church, 508 Grand Avenue in Waukegan, Ill. at 5 p.m. with the Holy Rosary followed by mass at 6 p.m.

The festivities will continue at Holy Family Church, 450 Keller Ave. in Waukegan, Ill. with a serenade at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 8 p.m. followed by a reenactment of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego at 9 p.m. celebrated at 10 p.m. and songs in honor of Notre-Dame will occur from 11:15 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Sunday December 12 – A musical at Notre-Dame from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. followed by music performed by the parish choir from 1:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Songs in honor of Notre-Dame from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. A serenade in honor de Notre-Dame will take place from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. followed by a mass at 7 a.m. Songs in honor of Notre-Dame from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. followed by a mass at 6 p.m. A parish raffle will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please call 847.623.2655.

Mother Parish of the Americas, 3047 W. Cermak Rd. In Chicago, Illinois (Small village)

On Saturday, December 11 at 4 p.m., as part of the nine-day novena in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, parishioners will visit from Mount Sinai Hospital, 1500 S. Fairfield Ave. (on California Ave.) towards St. Anthony Hospital then return to the Parish using Marshall Blvd. and Cermak Road.

The pilgrimage is the last of nine pilgrimages spanning the boundaries of Mother of the Americas Parish with the aim of reaching the entire community and the institutions that serve them. “Hospital visits,” says Fr. Tom Boharic, pastor of Mother of the Americas parish, “serves to bring God and the Virgin Mary to all who are in the hospital. This includes patients, their families as well as staff. “Our presence lets them know that we are praying for them at this time of Advent,” he continued.

Vigil Masses in honor of Our Lady will be celebrated on Saturday December 10 at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Mariachi music at 11 p.m. On Sunday December 12, the mañanitas will start at 4.30 am followed by mass at 5 am. Other Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. in Spanish, 10 a.m. in English, 12 p.m. in Spanish, rose mass at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., with folk dancing at 5 and 7 p.m.

For more information, please call 773.521.8400.

Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3200 E 91st St. in Chicago, Illinois (South Chicago)

On Saturday December 11, the parish will remain open to the faithful throughout the evening. On Sunday, December 12, the mañanitas will take place at 6 a.m. with the accompaniment of mariachis. The first mass will take place at 7 am followed by a breakfast with an accompaniment of mariachis. Masses will follow the normal Sunday schedule, which is 8:30 am in Spanish, 10:30 am in English, 12 noon and 1:30 pm in Spanish. The rose mass will take place at 6 p.m. followed by a social activity for the faithful in the parish hall.

For more information, please call 773.768.0793.

Saint-Procope parish, 1641 S. Allport St., Chicago, Illinois (Pilsen)

The celebration will begin with a serenade (mañanitas) at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, December 12 at 5 a.m., followed by mass at 7:30 a.m. The celebration will end with a rose mass at 5.30 p.m.

For more information, please call 312.226.7887.


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