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The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Host Fifth Annual “Guadalupe Summer Celebration”

Des Plaines, IL (August 16, 2019) - The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe will host the Shrine’s fifth annual "Guadalupe en Verano" or “Guadalupe Summer Celebration” at 1170 North River Road in Des Plaines, on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18.

On Saturday, August 17, the activities will begin at 12 pm with a retreat offered by Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, Rector of the Shrine, focusing on Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message and her universal call for the Church to reach out to those in need. 

At 2 pm, a Mexican Folkloric children’s dance group, Xochiptzahutatl, will perform traditional dances followed by a performance by the singing duo Sebastian Castellanos and Alexandra Salgado and the St. Mary of the Lake Parish Children’s Choir as offerings to Our Lady of Guadalupe. At 5 pm, a Worship Hour with the Blessed Sacrament will be celebrated by Rev. Andres Beltran Arias followed by the Holy Rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. and led by Fr. Giovanny Navarro. A special bi-lingual Mass with Fr. Sanchez, as principal celebrant will be held at 7 pm.

On Sunday, August 18, the day will offer the regular Sunday Mass schedule - 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm in Spanish and 11 am in English. At 2:30 pm the Ballet Folklorico Sones Mexicanos dance ensemble will perform followed by Mass at 4 pm.

This weekend celebration also serves as a single Marian celebration in honor of two important feast days, the Assumption of Mary (August 15) and the Queenship of Mary (August 22).

All are invited and encouraged to experience the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines during the “Guadalupe Summer Celebration.” The summer celebration is also an opportunity to welcome all the faithful who cannot join us for the December 12th feast day because of the crowds, weather, or other reasons.

Food and other refreshments will be available for sale throughout the day.

About Grupos Guadalupanos

Grupos Guadalupanos are parish-based groups who gather to increase their devotion, faith and love to Our Lady of Guadalupe and her Son, Jesus Christ. Guadalupanos are committed to their lives of service and to being examples of discipleship. They work tirelessly with and for their communities, keeping alive their faith and cultural traditions, especially among the poor and families in need.

About the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Located at 1170 North River Road in Des Plaines, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe has attracted millions of people as a place of pilgrimage since its humble beginnings.

On July 4, 1986, Fr. John Smyth accepted the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, brought from Mexico, for permanent display on the grounds of Maryville Academy. In 1997, Msgr. Esteban Martinez, from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, blessed the grounds and poured soil from the Tepeyac of Mexico onto the New Tepeyac of America, which was authorized by the Basilica to be a site to fulfill mandas (promises) to Our Lady. In 2013, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, decreed the land around where the image was placed to be a Shrine. Each year, on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, thousands make the trip from parishes throughout the Archdiocese and the Midwest to honor Our Lady.

On April 21, the inaugural Mass for St. Joseph Chapel located on the grounds of the former gymnasium was celebrated. The Chapel represents only the third Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago largely funded by the Hispanic Catholic community. The first two locations are Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in South Chicago neighborhood and Mision San Juan Diego in Palatine.

For the Spanish version of the release, please click here.