Hispanic Ministry

Serving the Spanish-speaking Latino community in the Valley

Advent Preparation Enhanced by Hispanic Marian Devotions




Two great Marian feasts, celebrated in the middle of Advent, filled St. Joseph Church with lights and flowers and music, in preparation for the birth of Mary’s Son at Christmas. The St. Joseph Parish Hispanic community organized these special bilingual Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 9 this year) and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12).

The first (photo on left), coordinated by the Colombian members of the parish according to the custom of their native land, featured a beautiful shrine to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, surrounded by the faroles – lit candles in hand-decorated coverings – that traditionally line all the streets in Colombia on the vigil of the feast.



The second (photo on right) adorned the church’s life-size image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the side altar into the sanctuary, where it was adorned during the Mass by processions of the flags of the Americas and beautiful red, yellow and white roses commemorating the miracle of the roses in December on the hill of Tepeyac, Mexico in 1531, which St. Juan Diego presented to the bishop and which bore on his tilma, or cloak, the imprint of Our Lady. 


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