Thousands honor Our Lady of Guadalupe in Oakland

Participants marched 7 miles in a procession with floats, musicians and costumes that culminated with Mass at Cathedral of Christ the Light

More than 3,000 people, some in glittering costumes, dancing and playing music, walked seven miles to Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light Saturday in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. "All of the parishes in Oakland are here today," plus many from other East Bay cities, said Monsignor Antonio Valdivia, a retired priest from St. Louis Bertrand Church in … [Read more...]

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“In the spirit of the Synod of Youth taking place in Rome”

For the first time this year, image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will visit schools in each pastoral region of the Los Angeles archdiocese, which includes Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties

In celebration of the 487th anniversary of the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, this year La Peregrina, a pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, will start the annual pilgrimage with visits to parishes in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, Oct. 27-Nov. 3. In the spirit of the Synod of the Young People, the Faith and Vocational … [Read more...]

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“As the people get displaced, so does their art”

Gentrification of Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles takes toll on murals of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The red dress and long veil are instantly familiar. It’s what this 7-1/2-foot Virgin Mary is holding that’s surprising: an eviction notice. “When you do look at the Virgen, her hands are already to her chest," says Nico Avina, the artist who painted the plywood figure. “She’s looking down and she’s reading this eviction notice like she just got served.” Why is the Virgin Mary … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles archbishop to lead pilgrimage to Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Archbishop José Gomez will present hundreds of prayers from faithful across Southern California

For the second year and under the spiritual leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez, 140 faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will begin a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, in Mexico City on Thursday July 5, 2018.  The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe houses the original tilma (or cloak) of Juan Diego, which holds the … [Read more...]

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A baby saved in the second week of December

Tears began streaming down her cheeks

The following is from a Dec. 18 email sent by the Helpers of God's Precious Infants. It was early in the morning when a Hispanic couple in their late 20s with a small child about 2 years old drove up near the abortion center and parked. Two of the counselors approached the car and started to talk with them. They were polite and took material, but were steady in their walk … [Read more...]

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Large numbers at Oakland diocese’s Guadalupe ceremony

More than 7,600 people participated in the 7.5-mile procession, overflow crowd filled Cathedral of Christ the Light, the parish hall and the plaza for Mass afterwards

The 12th diocesan pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe drew a record number of participants on Dec. 2. Héctor Medina, head of the diocesan Latino ministry, said this year organizers made an effort to count the participants, showing more than 7,600 people involved in the 7.5-mile procession. Later, an overflow crowd filled the Cathedral of Christ the Light, the parish … [Read more...]

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Annual LA archdiocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage under way

Began at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ojai on Oct. 21, full schedule to be released in early November

In celebration of the 486th anniversary of the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, this year “La Peregrina,” a pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, began its annual archdiocesan pilgrimage at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ojai on Oct. 21. The images of La Peregrina and St. Juan Diego will visit 20 churches in all five pastoral regions of … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe is the key to understanding our times

Remarks by Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez at the 7th Annual Napa Institute Summer Conference, which was held July 26-30

(Archbishop Gomez delivered these remarks at the 7th Annual Napa Institute Summer Conference) It was December 1531 and the Blessed Virgin appeared to a poor Indian convert named Juan Diego on a hilltop outside Mexico City. The Virgin entrusted Juan Diego with a mission — to go and ask the bishop to build a shrine in her name. To convince the bishop, Our Lady gave him a sign. … [Read more...]

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Bishop Soto leads eucharistic procession to state Capitol

The journey was a public witness to end abortion

Bishop Jaime Soto presided at the 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday, April 30 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, followed by a eucharistic procession around the state Capitol in a journey of prayer and public witness to end abortion. Carried in the procession was an actual 4’ X 6’ authentic replica (Missionary Image) of the original Miraculous Image of Our … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vasa joins pro-lifers outside Santa Rosa abortion clinic

Bishop Soto and five other bishops scheduled to participate later in "Jericho March" around state capitol in Sacramento

The Missionary Image is an actual (4′ x 6′}, authentic replica of the original Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe enshrined in the Basilica in Mexico City. In 1991, in response to a special request of St. John Paul II, the Bishops of Mexico blessed and commissioned the Missionary Images to bring conversions, reverence for life, sanctity of the family, and solidarity to … [Read more...]

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