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December 2018

¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

An overflow crowd of 400-plus people filled the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in south Omaha to celebrate its patronal feast Dec. 12. Mass, celebrated by associate pastor Rafael Majano of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish, and several dance group performances capped two days of parish festivities in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Meeting of Movements

Deacon candidate Bart Zavaletta, a theology instructor at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, leads table discussions at an Ecclesial Movements and Lay Associations Gathering Nov. 29 at St. Peter Parish in Omaha.

The Blessed Virgin is the best example of Advent preparation

Each year in the Advent readings, we are reacquainted with several Old Testament figures and prophecies plus New Testament figures such as Joseph, John the Baptist, Zechariah and Elizabeth. But on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the church always saves the best for last by presenting to us the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the preeminent example of Advent preparation and expectation.

Our Lady of Guadalupe and racism

The apparition of Our Lady at Guadalupe, inscribed on the tilma worn by St. Juan Diego nearly 500 years ago, is pregnant with meaning and purpose. As Father Peter John Cameron, OP, recounts in his book, “Mysteries of the Virgin Mary: Living Our Lady’s Graces,” “The ‘first impression’ of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the indigenous people (of Mexico) must have been shocking.”

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