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Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe a moving feast of faith


A dance troupe from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Chula Vista joyously participated in the diocese's annual procession in North Park on Dec. 3, 2023, to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Photo by David Maung.)

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SAN DIEGO —  More than 35 parishes and ministry groups from across the county joyously participated Dec. 3 in the diocese’s annual procession through neighborhood streets to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. Afterward, more than 2,000 faithful attended a special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Robert W. McElroy.

The procession began at the Morley Field sports complex and traveled through North Park streets, ending about a mile away at St. Augustine High School, where the Mass was held in the gym. Cardinal McElroy, accompanied by the diocese’s three auxiliary bishops, led the procession that included brightly decorated vehicle floats, folkloric dance groups, and parish and ministry group members singing and praying.

Auxiliary Bishop Felipe Pulido delivered the homily, first in Spanish and then in English, before faithful from all corners of the county and from all ages. Many were dressed in traditional attire adorned with images of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

After the Mass, participants jammed the school’s courtyard for a fiesta, complete with traditional fare such as tamales and other favorites.

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