Cardinal Dolan will serve as the principal celebrant of the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Youth Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Monday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m.
The Mass will be one of the concluding celebrations of the three-month archdiocesan tribute for the feasts of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego.
In response to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ call for a day of prayer with focus on migrants and refugees, the Archdiocese of New York began its celebrations in August, when the pilgrim archdiocesan statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego visited various parishes.
In 2013, Father Santiago Rubio and Jaime Lucero were selected by the archdiocese to restructure the celebrations.
Father Rubio, the spiritual director of the archdiocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe Committee, said, “It is our hope these continued events are going to be a motivation, a call to conversion. The most important aspect of these celebrations is we are providing a more consistent spiritual effort in guiding the people to continue to cultivate Marian devotion in all of the communities of the Archdiocese of New York. The invitation is open to all of our faith communities to visit the parishes and receive a special blessing from our Blessed Mother.”
The goal of the celebrations is to unite all those who are devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego so they become active participants of the celebrations.
Jaime Lucero, the president of the archdiocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe Committee, said, “May we stand together around the love and affection we all share for Our Lady of Guadalupe, and my humble invitation is to celebrate together on the feast days of the 11th and 12 th of December to commemorate these very special days for all the people.”
Celebrations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral include:
Sunday, Dec. 11
8 p.m. Traditional Mañanitas (Vigil)
Monday, Dec. 12
8 a.m. Procession from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (14th Street and Eighth Avenue) to St. Patrick’s Cathedral
10 a.m. Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Youth Mass
Cardinal Dolan will be the principal celebrant. Bishop Alfonso G. Miranda Guardiola, general secretary of the Episcopal Conference in Mexico, will be the homilist.
7 p.m. Annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Family Mass
Bishop Alfonso G. Miranda Guardiola, general secretary of the Episcopal Conference in Mexico, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.
Both Masses will include an opportunity for the traditional blessing of the children by the celebrants and concelebrants.