Parishes and Schools Across the Archdiocese of Chicago to Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 12
Chicago, IL (December 9, 2021) - Parishes and Schools across the archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, Dec. 10, Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12. This year marks the 490th anniversary of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, when Hispanic Catholics and other groups celebrate the Virgin Mary’s multiple appearances to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an Aztec convert to Catholicism.
Between December 9 and 12, 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego several times. During one apparition, she asked him to carry a request to the Archbishop of Mexico City that a church be built in her honor. Despite the wintry weather, she filled his cloak with roses and emblazoned her image upon it. This garment is now on display in Mexico City’s Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe 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.
St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish, 2651 S. Central Park Avenue, Chicago, Ill. (Little Village)
The celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe will begin with a Mass on Saturday, Dec. 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 travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to participate in the annual Torch Run. The bus carrying the runners will leave at 8 p.m., the torch lighting will occur at 10:30 a.m. at the Shrine and runners will return to St. Agnes for the 5 a.m. mañanitas and Mass. Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Lombardo will be the main celebrant for the Mass.
For more information, please call 773.522.0142.
St. Donatus, 1939 Union St., Blue Island, Ill.
St. Donatus Parish will begin its observance on Sat., 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 appearance of Our Lady to San Juan Diego and a holy hour. The celebration will conclude with a Mass of the Roses on Sun., December 12 at 6 p.m.
For more information, please call 708.385.2890.
Epiphany Catholic School, 4223 W 25th St. Chicago, IL, and Good Shephard Catholic School, 2725 S. Kolin Ave., Chicago, Ill. all School Procession (Little Village)
Little Village parishes and schools will honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and bring the same spirit of the traditional processions to Des Plaines and to the Basilica in Mexico City by holding the 2nd Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession and Mass from Epiphany Catholic School to Good Shepherd Catholic School in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Starting at 8:30 a.m. students, faculty and members of the community will process 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, Dec. 10, weather permitting. Rain date is Mon. December 13. Mass at Good Shepherd will begin at approximately 9 a.m. Current Covid restrictions permit families to walk with their students' classes as long as they remain masked.
Students and families will be encouraged to carry and leave roses at the base of the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe following the Mass. Additionally, 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).
St. Genevieve, 4835 W. Altgeld St., and St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr, 5352 W. Belden Ave., Chicago, Ill. (Belmont-Cragin)
On Saturday, Dec. 11, following the 9 p.m. Mass at St. Stanislaus, all are invited to participate in a pilgrimage from St. Stanislaus to St. Genevieve parish with a serenade in honor of Our Lady with mariachi at 11 p.m.
On Sunday, Dec. 12 –Regular Mass schedules will be followed with Mass of the Roses at 7 p.m.
For more information, please call 773.641.9206.
Immaculate Conception Parish, 2745 W. 44th. St., Chicago, Ill. (Brighton Park)
The celebration will begin on Sunday, Dec. 12 at midnight with Mariachi music. A serenade to Our Lady (mañanitas) at 6 a.m. Masses will be celebrated in Spanish at 7 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. Mass of the Roses will be celebrated at 7 p.m. followed by Mariachi at 8:15 p.m.
For more information, please call 773.523.1402.
Immaculate Conception Parish, 2944 E. 88th. St., Chicago, Ill. (South Chicago)
Mañanitas will be sung on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 5 a.m. with Mass at 5 p.m. followed by the inauguration of their grotto in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
For more information, please call 773.768.2100.
St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, 3010 S. 48th. Ct., Cicero, Ill.
The celebration will begin with mañanitas at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, the Rosary at 5:30 a.m. and Mass of the Roses at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
For more information, please call 708.652.0948.
Misión San Juan Diego, 2323 N. Wilke Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill.
On Saturday, Dec. 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 Our Lady at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m. there will be a serenade to Our Lady. A special sendoff and blessing for pilgrims heading to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines will occur on at 11 p.m. The celebration will conclude with the Mass of the Roses on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 – Misión San Juan Diego will celebrate their usual Mass schedule with a Mass of the Roses at 7 p.m.
For more information, please call 847-590-9332.
Most Blessed Trinity Church, 450 Keller Ave. in Waukegan, Ill.
Saturday, Dec. 11 - The celebration will begin at Immaculate Conception Church, 508 Grand Avenue in Waukegan, Ill. at 5 p.m. with 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 to Our Lady of Guadalupe at 8 p.m. followed by a reenactment of the appearances of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego at 9 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 p.m. and songs in honor of Our Lady will occur from 11:15 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 12 – A musical to Our Lady to be performed from 12:15 a.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 Our Lady from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. A serenade in honor of Our Lady will occur from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 7 a.m. Songs in honor of Our Lady from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. followed by Mass at 6 p.m. A Parish raffle will begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 847.623.2655.
Mother of the Americas Parish, 3047 W. Cermak Rd. in Chicago, Ill. (Little Village)
On Saturday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. as part of the nine-day novena in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe, parishioners will process from Mount Sinai Hospital, 1500 S. Fairfield Ave. (on California Ave.) toward St. Anthony Hospital and then head back to the parish using Marshall Blvd. and Cermak Rd.
The pilgrimage is the last of nine pilgrimages covering the boundaries of Mother of the Americas parish in an attempt to reach out to the entire community and the institutions that serve them. “The visits to the hospitals,” says Fr. Tom Boharic, Pastor of Mother of the Americas Parish, “serves to bring God and the Virgen Mary to all the people who are the hospital. This includes the patients, their families as well as the staff.” “Our presence lets them know that we are praying for them during this season of Advent,” he continued.
Vigil Masses in honor of Our Lady to be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. and at 10 p.m. with Mariachi music at 11 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 12 mañanitas will begin at 4:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 5 a.m. Other Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. in Spanish, 10 a.m. in English, 12 p.m. in Spanish, Mass of the Roses at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., with folkloric dancing at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
For more information, please call 773.521.8400.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 3200 E 91st St. in Chicago, Ill. (South Chicago)
On Saturday, Dec. 11 the parish will remain open to worshipers throughout the evening. On Sunday, Dec. 12, the mañanitas will be held at 6 a.m. with mariachi accompaniment. First Mass will be held at 7 a.m. followed by a breakfast with mariachi accompaniment. Masses will adhere to the normal Sunday schedule, which is as follows: 8:30 a.m. in Spanish, 10:30 a.m. in English, 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Spanish. Mass of the Roses will take place at 6 p.m. followed by a social for worshippers in the parish hall.
For more information, please call 773.768.0793.
Our Lady of the Mount Parish, 2400 S 61st Ave. in Cicero, Ill.
On Saturday, Dec.11 the parish will begin their celebration at 6 p.m. with the rosary followed by Mass at 7 p.m. with mariachi. At 8 p.m. there will be a serenade to our lady with mariachi.
On Sunday, Dec.12 the celebration will begin at 5 a.m. with mañanitas followed by sunrise Mass at 6 a.m. The remaining Masses will be held at 7:30 a.m. in Spanish, 9 a.m. in English, 10:30 a.m. in Spanish, 12:30 p.m. in Spanish, 2 p.m. in Spanish and 6 p.m. in Spanish.
For more information, please call 708.652.2791.
St. Procopius Parish, 1641 S. Allport St., Chicago, Ill. (Pilsen)
The celebration will begin with a serenade (mañanitas) to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec.12 at 5 a.m. followed by Mass at 7:30 a.m. The celebration will conclude with a Mass of the Roses at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 312.226.7887.