ENCOUNTERS WITH OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE,
PATRONESS OF THE AMERICAS
Our Lady of Guadalupe leads all people to a personal relationship with her son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The preservation of the miraculous image defies scientific understanding. Our Lady’s appearance in December 1531 to a humble, elderly, indigenous man is a profound message of social justice. The symbols in the image incorporate knowledge of Pre-Columbian Aztec society far beyond what any Spaniard would have comprehended in 1531. As St. John Paul II noted, “Guadalupe and Juan Diego… are a model of perfectly inculturated evangelization.”
We will host a spiritual pilgrimage at St. Austin Parish in the fall of 2016, with 7 distinct events – or encounters – with Our Lady over a 3-month period. Please join us for as many of the encounters as your schedule permits!
From September 8th through December 12th, any time, in your home
Encounter through shared prayer – If you would like an opportunity to host a statue of Our Lady at your home for a few days and to pray a special prayer for social justice in the Western Hemisphere, please contact Mari Barr. (The prayer can be found at the bottom of this page.)
Here's the document we are passing along with the statue.
Thursday, September 8th at 7 p.m. in Hecker Hall
Encounter through film – It’s the Feast of the Nativity of Mary! Learn about the devotion by watching Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message, a 1-hour documentary directed by David Naglieri and narrated by Jim Caviezel. Stay afterwards for a short discussion and tres leches cake for Our Lady’s birthday!
Saturday, September 24th at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Guadalupe Room
Encounter via creative arts - The Spanish word milagro means “miracle,” but it also refers to the small metal religious charms used in various parts of Latin America. Join other parishioners in using milagros to make sacred artwork for your home. Please register in advance through EventBrite. Seating is limited to 24 people, and there’s a $15 fee for snacks and materials.
Wednesdays in October at either 12 p.m. or 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Guadalupe Room
Encounter via the literature - Fr. Rich Andre and parishioner, Dr. Charles Roeckle, will lead discussions of the book Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1997) by Virgil Elizondo. Join us at your convenience at either 12 p.m. or 7 p.m. each week.
Thursday, November 17th at 7 p.m., location TBD
Encounter via conversation - When the United Farm Workers marched from the Valley to Austin in 1966, the banner featured an image of Our Lady. Why is that? We host a panel discussion entitled Our Lady of Guadalupe and her image: their importance in social justice and civil rights movements. The moderator will be Dr. John Moran Gonzalez, Director of the University of Texas at Austin Center for Mexican American Studies. The panelists will include Rebecca Flores, a leader in the United Farm Workers movement for over 40 years.
Monday, December 5th at 7 p.m. in St. Austin Church
Encounter through poetry and music - The Nican Mopohua is the earliest documentation of Our Lady's appearance to Saint Juan Diego. Join us for a dramatic recitation of this account, interspersed with music evoking the traditional mananitas sung to Our Lady on the vigil and the morning of her feast day.
Monday, December 12th at 6 p.m. in St. Austin Church and Hecker Hall
Encounter in Mass and Fiesta – Our encounters will culminate in a special Mass celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, complete with mariachis and matachines. A reception will follow.
For the very oppressed people of all of the Americas, and for the people of this Country, that the hearts of the oppressors; members of cartels and the drug lords may be softened, and opened to the light of our Mother's love and their hearts be turned over to the Lord.
For the people of the United States, that we truly carry out God's work, that we be His hands here on earth, that we see all of the people of this country as our brothers and sisters, that we be blind to color, and that we figure out a way to come up with a just immigration plan.