Friday, December 06, 2019 - Updated: 5:07 pm
As you know, from Dec. 9-12, 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego and asked him to go to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga to ask him to build a temple to honor Our Lady, showing that she was present for the Mexican people, and in this same way for all the inhabitants of the American continent. The apparitions of the Virgin in Tepeyac was key for the Mexican people to embrace the Catholic faith. Since those years, Mexicans have adopted her as mother and queen of Mexico.
Pope Pius X proclaimed her “Patroness of all Latin America,” and later Pope Pius XI proclaimed her “Patroness of all the Americas.” Pope Pius XII called her “Empress of the Americas,” and Pope John XXIII declared her “Celestial Missionary of the New World and the Mother of the Americas.” Finally, Pope John Paul II declared her “Queen and Patroness of Mexico and Empress and Evangelizer of the Americas.”
On Dec. 12, we will have the solemnity of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, so we want to invite the entire Anglo and Latino community to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe. We will begin with Eucharistic adoration at 5:30 p.m., then pray the rosary at 6 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. We will end with a social with all the guests.
The main celebrant will be Bishop David Zubik. Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid and other priests will also be with us.
We look forward to your presence.