The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Host First Gathering for all Parish Guadalupano Leadership during Annual “Guadalupe Summer Celebration”
Des Plaines, IL (August 11, 2017) – The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe will host the first gathering of „Grupos Guadalupanos,” or devotees of Our Lady of Guadalupe, from parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 North River Road in Des Plaines, on Saturday, August 19. The gathering will occur within the context of the Shrine’s third annual „Guadalupe en Verano” or “Guadalupe Summer Celebration.”
The day will begin at 12 pm with a special retreat for Guadalupano leadership offered by Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, Rector of the Shrine, focusing on Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message and her universal call for the Church to reach out to those in need. At 2 pm participants will gather to sing Las Mañanitas to Our Lady at the outdoor grotto. A special bi-lingual Mass with the Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, as principal celebrant will be held at 6 pm. The day will conclude with a candlelit procession throughout the grounds along with performances by mariachi, folkloric dancers and Mexican bands.
This day will also serve as a single Marian celebration in honor of two important feast days, the Assumption of Mary (August 15) and the Queenship of Mary (August 22).
All are invited and encouraged to experience the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines during the “Guadalupe Summer Celebration.” The summer celebration is also an opportunity to welcome all of the faithful who cannot join us for the December 12th feast day because of the crowds, weather, or other reasons.
Food and other refreshments will be available for sale throughout the day.
About Grupos Guadalupanos
Grupos Guadalupanos are parish-based groups who gather to increase their devotion, faith and love to Our Lady of Guadalupe and her Son, Jesus Christ. Guadalupanos are committed to their lives of service and to being examples of discipleship. They work tirelessly with and for their communities, keeping alive their faith and cultural traditions, especially among the poor and families in need.
About the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Located at 1170 North River Road in Des Plaines, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe has attracted millions of people as a place of pilgrimage since its humble beginnings.
On July 4, 1986, Fr. John Smyth accepted the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, brought from Mexico, for permanent display on the grounds of Maryville Academy. In 1997, Msgr. Esteban Martinez, from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, blessed the grounds and poured soil from the Tepeyac of Mexico onto the New Tepeyac of America, which was authorized by the Basilica to be a site to fulfill mandas (promises) to Our Lady. In 2013, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, decreed the land around where the image was placed to be a Shrine. Each year, on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, thousands make the trip from parishes throughout the Archdiocese and the Midwest to honor Our Lady.
A campaign is currently underway to raise funds to build an indoor worship space to accommodate the more than 6,000 worshipers who visit the Shrine weekly.
- The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, IL