Our Lady of Guadalupe

Categories: Around the Diocese

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The assembly processes from the Abbey Church to the Warner Palaestra after the Mass. Photos by Dianne Towalski / The Visitor

People from around the diocese gathered to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville Dec. 13. The event included Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler followed by a procession to the Warner Palaestra on campus for music, food and dancing.

“As we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe today, we remember that we are a people who have Mary as our mother, our mother of mercy,” Bishop Kettler said in his homily. … “Mary as mother shares God’s mercy with her children, with all of us.”

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Bishop Donald Kettler preaches the homily.

“As we honor Our Lady of Guadalupe as the mother of mercy, I think about Pope Francis saying that every human being is a child of God,” he said. “He or she bears the image of Christ. We ourselves need to see, and then enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.”

He preached the homily in English and Father Omar Guanchez, pastor of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish in Long Prairie, then read it in Spanish.

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Aztec dance group Danza Mexica Cauauhtemoc perform after the Mass.