November 18, 2015
th annual diocesan celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place Sunday, Dec. 6.
The celebration will begin at 2:00pm, with a pilgrimage beginning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 1210 East 11
th, continuing to the Amarillo Civic Center, according to Father Hector J. Madrigal, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Amarillo, and event coordinator.
Pope Pius XII declared the Virgin of Guadalupe “Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas” in 1945 and “Patroness of the Americas” in 1946. Saint John XXIII invoked her as “Mother of the Americas” in 1961, referring to her as Mother and Teacher of the Faith of All American populations.
“If you are unable to make the walk you may meet the procession at the north entrance of the Amarillo Civic Center and join the procession from that point,” said Father Madrigal.
Upon the arrival of the procession at the Civic Center North Exhibit Hall at approximately 3:00, several groups will serenade Our Lady and Matachines will be performing sacred dances. At 4:00, Bishop Patrick J. Zurek will celebrate Mass, with priests of the Diocese of Amarillo concelebrating. The celebration will end with the traditional serving of hot chocolate and sweet bread.
For more information about the diocesan celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe or if you would like to participate in the celebration, please contact Father Madrigal at St. Joseph’s Church at 355-5621.