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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Schedule

Catholic churches in the Diocese of Des Moines will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on or around the feast day of Dec. 12. The feast is a significant cultural and religious event for Hispanic people as they honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, as Patroness of the Americas.

On the morning of Dec. 9, 1531, the Blessed Mother appeared to a Mexican Indian named Juan Diego who was on his way to Mass and catechesis in the Catholic faith. She asked Diego to go to the local bishop and give him a message to build a temple, identifying herself as Our Lady, the Mother of God. When the bishop did not believe Diego's story she asked Diego to take a sign to show him. The sign consisted of roses of all colors, which Diego carried on his cloak, or 'tilma.' The bishop then believed upon seeing the cloak and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The image remains clear today and is displayed in a church in Mexico City.

The opportunities for commemoration of the feast day in the diocese are numerous. The following churches have activities planned for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Corpus Christi at Council Bluffs
Dec. 8
Mananitas at 5 am.
Mass at 2 p.m and reception after Mass.
Dec. 12
Mass at 7 p.m.

St. Anthony at Des Moines
Dec. 11
Food, dances at 6:30 p.m.
Procession and Mass at 7:30 p.m.

Basilica of St. John at Des Moines
Dec. 11
Procession - 6 p.m. (Outside)
Mass - 7 p.m. (after the final blessing there will be a procession inside the church with a statue of Our Lady being carried)
Reception - 8 p.m. (tamales, Mexican bread, chocolate)

Christ the King at Des Moines
Dec. 12
Rosary at 6:30 p.m.
Procession and Mass at 8:15 p.m., reception after Mass

Our Lady of the Americas at Des Moines
Novena from Dec. 4 to Dec. 12. Weekdays starts at 6 p.m. and weekends after evening Masses.
Dec. 11after 3 p.m. they will have dances, food, representation of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe, songs, procession starts at 10 p.m. from the church to St. Ambrose Cathedral. Mass start at 12 a.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral
Dec. 12, Bilingual Mass at 5:30 p.m. Mass in Spanish at 7:30

St. Bernard Osceola
Dec. 12
Mass at 7 p.m. and reception after Mass

St. Patrick Perry
Dec. 12
Mass at 6 p.m. After Mass there is a procession from church to the school gym. There is a reception at the gym. They will have tamales, pupusas, pozole and Mariachi.

St. Mary at Red Oak
Dec. 15
Mass at 1 p.m. Reception after Mass.

Sacred Heart at West Des Moines
Novena from Dec. 4 to Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.
Dec. 12
Procession at 6:30 p.m.
Bilingual Mass at 7 p.m. and reception after Mass.

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The Diocese of Des Moines includes 81 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.

Anne Marie Cox
(515) 237-5057




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