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Diocesan Guadalupe celebration to be held Dec. 4

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SAN DIEGO — The diocese’s annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession and Mass is a great holiday activity for the entire family, and not just those with roots in Mexico. Pope Pius XII named Our Lady of Guadalupe the “Patroness of all the Americas” in 1945.

The Guadalupana Confederation, in association with the San Diego Diocese, will hold this year’s celebration on Sunday, Dec. 4. The procession begins at noon at the Morley Field Sports Complex at Upas and Texas streets. It will include Aztec dancers, traditional bands, brightly decorated theme cars and parish, movement and ministry groups. The procession will travel east and move through North Park streets, ending around 1:30 p.m. at St. Augustine High School.

Cardinal Robert McElroy will celebrate a bilingual Mass at 2 p.m. at the school gym, with Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano, and the diocese’s clergy. Afterward, there will be a great fiesta in the school’s courtyard featuring samples of traditional Mexican food.

The entire community is invited. There will be plenty of parking at Morley Field. At the school, there will be limited space on residential streets, at a lot on 32nd and Palm streets, and in an underground structure, with entrance at Nutmeg Street. Carpooling is encouraged.

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