Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Winston-Salem
On Friday, December 11, 2015, over 1000 faithful participated in the mañanitas (early morning busy festivities) lasting from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. It ended with a re-enactment of the miracle of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin receiving the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Saturday, December 12th, again over a 1000 people came for the procession of the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe into our church and up to her shrine there. Due to the fantastic turnout on Friday and Saturday, Fr. Carl Zdancewicz, OFM Conv., a friar from our province who serves as pastor of both Our Lady of Fatima Mission (NC) and Our Lady of Mercy Church (NC), was expecting a small number of people for the Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Latino Mass, but again over 1000 people showed up to celebrate Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday Mass for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.
A few photos of the events for the Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe: