Feast plays a major role in Mexican culture
By Tony Staley
Over the next several days, Catholics in the Green Bay Diocese will be able to experience an important part of Mexican culture. The opportunity will come at Masses in seven parishes celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Celebrations will be: Mariachi Masses, at which Bp. Robert Banks will preside, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in St. Agnes Church, Green Bay (because St. Willebrord Church is too small), and at 10 p.m. Dec. 8 in St. Gabriel Church, Neenah; 1 p.m. Dec. 9 in Joseph Church, Alverno; 3 p.m. Dec. 9 in St. Joseph Church, Wautoma; bi-lingual Mass with procession at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and a children's bi-lingual Mass with procession at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, both in St. Philip Church, Green Bay; 6 p.m. Dec. 12, in St. Mary Parish Hall, Omro; bi-lingual Mass at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Holy Trinity Church, Casco.
For background on why Our Lady of Guadalupe -- patroness of the Americas -- is such an important feast for Mexicans, see Mary Rose Remington's column (print edition only) and Saint of the Day.