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Diocese News 12.7.2023


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Tens of Thousands Expected at Downtown Cathedral Now Designated as a National Shrine

Dallas, TX – [Current Date] Get ready for an exhilarating and expanded celebration as the National Shrine Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, now officially recognized as a national shrine, gears up for the annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Anticipated to attract an even larger crowd, this year's festivities promise an inspiring fusion of faith, culture, and tradition in the heart of downtown Dallas.

 

Tens of Thousands to Flock Downtown for Unprecedented Celebration

Prepare for an unparalleled spectacle as both Crockett Street and Ross Avenue transform into a vibrant tapestry of devotion and jubilation, echoing the fervor of the faithful. The streets will come alive with the mesmerizing beats of mariachis, the intricate movements of Matlachines in elaborate Aztec-inspired attire, and the shared spirit of celebration.

 

Schedule of Events

The festivities at the National Shrine Cathedral, located at 2215 Ross Avenue, will commence on Monday night, December 11, 2022, with a lineup of special activities:

 

Monday, December 11, 2022:

7:00 p.m. Witness the mesmerizing Matlachines dancers performing outside on the cathedral plaza.

8:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. serenade to Our Lady of Guadalupe:

10:00 p.m. Spanish-language Mass: Bishop Edward J. Burns, Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly concelebrant celebrant; Father Jesús Belmontes, homilist;

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2022: (Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day)

5:00 a.m. Join the enchanting Singing of Las Mañanitas to the Virgin, with hundreds expected to attend.

6:00 a.m. (Spanish Mass) and Noon (English Mass)

4:00 p.m. Media Conference with Bishop Burns in the Cathedral’s Grand Salon

5:00 p.m. The National Shrine Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration Mass

Bishop Edward J. Burns, celebrant; Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly concelebrant. Father Jesús Belmontes, homilist;

After Mass, Tower Bells with Marian songs playing for 3-5 minutes.

6:30 p.m. serenade to Our Lady of Guadalupe: Witness the mesmerizing Matlachines dancers performing outside on the cathedral plaza.

8:30 p.m. Blessing of the Flowers

 

The Designation as a National Shrine

This year's celebration holds special significance as the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe has been honored with the designation of a national shrine. This prestigious recognition elevates the event to new heights, promising an unforgettable experience for all who gather to celebrate this sacred occasion."The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe has stood as a beacon of faith and history in Dallas for generations,” explained Bishop Burns. “This elevation to National Shrine status is a testament to our community and parishioners' enduring devotion, the cultural richness the Cathedral embodies, and its role as a place of solace and reflection for all. We are immensely proud of this recognition and what it signifies. This elevation to National Shrine status brings even greater dignity to our sacred space and encourages us to continue to grow and improve not only the physical plant of the Cathedral but also the growth of the entire downtown neighborhood. This is a tremendously positive national spotlight pointed right to our Diocese and our city." "In the tender embrace of the Virgin of Guadalupe, we find not only a symbol of compassion, dignity, and hope, but a guiding light towards unity, compassion, and respect. Let our prayers be a testament to our commitment in fostering understanding, cultivating peace, and upholding the inherent dignity of every soul.

 

A Symbol of Hope

The annual celebration pays homage to the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Saint Juan Diego in December 1531. The virgin Guadalupe, now officially recognized as the patroness of the Americas, symbolizes compassion and hope for people worldwide. Father Belmontes emphasized, "In the tender embrace of the Virgin of Guadalupe, we find not only a symbol of compassion, dignity, and hope, but a guiding light towards unity, compassion, and respect. Let our prayers be a testament to our commitment in fostering understanding, cultivating peace, and upholding the inherent dignity of every soul.”

 

Join Us in Creating History

Last year witnessed the participation of 30,000 people over the two days, making the cathedral observance the largest celebration of the feast in the diocese. As we embark on this grandeur celebration, let us come together to make history and strengthen the bonds of faith, unity, and joy.

About the Catholic Diocese of Dallas: The Diocese of Dallas is made up of more than 1.3 million Catholics attending 70+ parishes and 30+ schools across 9 counties of North Texas. The Catholic Diocese of Dallas promotes the love of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ in our local community and beyond. We strive to foster spiritual growth, encourage active participation in the sacramental life of the Church, and support the development of strong, loving relationships among our members. We are committed to serving those in need, both within our diocese and in the wider world, and to promoting social justice and the dignity of all human life. Through our shared faith and our commitment to living the Gospel message, we seek to build a more just and loving society and to bring the hope and healing of Christ to all people.

 

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Katy Kiser

Director of Communications

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