Our Lady of Guadalupe honored

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz spoke with altar servers before a Mass celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bartholomew Church Dec. 12. (Record Photos by Jessica Able)

Parishioners and visitors gathered at St. Bartholomew Church to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, is the patroness of all of the Americas. Her feast day is Dec. 12. 

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz celebrated the liturgy filled with songs, costumes and vibrant images of the Virgin of Guadalupe. He arrived the same day from North Carolina where he had been recuperating from surgery related to his cancer diagnosis.

In his homily, which he delivered in both English and Spanish, he told those gathered to give thanks for their faith.

“This is a very important night for your faith and for your families. This is an opportunity to pass on your faith,” he said.

The archbishop thanked the leaders of the parish and spoke directly to the youth.

“We need young people to look to the faith of your parents and grandparents and how important it is to practice your faith,” he said.

He told them that Our Lady of Guadalupe “comes for every one of us.”

“She comes to those who have troubles, difficulties, worries, burdens. Every one of us has some problem that we can bring to Our Lady of Guadalupe,” he said.

Hugo Ramirez, left, and Vincente Jara, center, carried a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 at St. Bartholomew Church.

Efren Mendez, Gabriella Mendez and Bethany Teniro dressed in traditional garb at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass Dec. 12 at St. Bartholomew.

Hugo Ramirez and Vincente Jara set a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe down near the altar at St. Bartholomew Church Dec. 12.

America Benitas, Ximena and Melanie Ramirez lined up prior to the start of Mass Dec. 12.

Altar servers from left, Alex Tinorio, Guadalupe Gomez and Maritza Beltran posed prior to Mass Dec. 12.

Baby Keisy Ortega is carried in the procession at a Mass observing the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 at St. Bartholomew.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz incensed the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bartholomew Church Dec. 12.

Geraldine Cruz waited for Mass to begin Dec. 12 at St. Bartholomew Church.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz greeted families after giving a Blessing of the Child in the Womb at St. Bartholomew Church Dec. 12.

Father David Sanchez incensed an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 at St. Joseph Church in Butchertown. (Record Photo by Paul Hohman)

Father David Sanchez presided at a Mass celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 at St. Joseph Church. (Record Photo by Paul Hohman)

Rubí Rosario helped in the kitchen of St. Joseph Church in Butchertown. (Record Photo by Paul Hohman)

A woman prayed before an altar decorated for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12 at St. Joseph Church in Butchertown. (Record Photo by Paul Hohman)

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