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The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of cultural and religious immersion for me. Every year, as the celebration comes closer, I educate myself of the miraculous story, la obra and the profound symbolisms of the Tilma. Although there are tons of information available for our own spiritual enrichment, I suspect no matter how much we try, we can't entirely capture what the symbols convey. We will always fall short of our interpretation because of the magnitude of divine majesty. This year, following the celebration here in Douglas which ended around 9pm (tan temprano), I tuned in to the en vivo Mananita performed by Mexico's pop artists/singers and midnight Mass at the Basilica. Es increible. Viva La Virgen! Viva La Virgen de Guadalupe! Viva Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe! Preciosa... 

The Tilma with its powerful symbolisms

The Immaculate Conception Church 

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church

St. Luke Church 

Featuring the annual Loretto School Christmas Pageant at the Cochise County Fairgrounds (@ the Barn) on December 5, Thursday. Sorry, I didn't get the chance to take photos as I couldn't keep my eyes out of the stage even for a moment. My seat was right behind Sr. Gabriella, who was busy directing her class. While enjoying the creativity and uniqueness of the presentation, I snapped a photo of the 4th graders. This is the class I administered first holy communion and so, it's hard to miss, although they've grown up so fast. 

As always, we offer prayers for the homebound, speedy recovery for the sick, hope for the terminally ill and the dying.  

Let’s pray for the eternal repose of the souls of the parishioners who recently passed away and offer condolences, sympathy and consolation to the grieving families, relatives and friends. Rest assured, they are included in the prayers of the community.

Bertha Castellano, Maria Garcia  

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.