Coverage Areas:  National |  South Carolina |  Aiken |  Beaufort |  Charleston |  Columbia |  Greenville |  Myrtle Beach |  Rock Hill
Menu

Guadalupe celebrations growing along with the diocese… in Sumter

By PAUL A. BARRA and TIM BULLARD

Our Lady of Guadalupe may be the patroness of the Americas, but the Diocese of Charleston seems to be adopting her as its own. This year, pilgrims from the diocese journeyed to Mexico City to celebrate the Dec. 12 feast day of the lady known affectionately to Mexicans as La Morenita at the very spot on Tepeyac hill where she appeared to Blessed Juan Diego in 1531. Closer to home, parishes across the state held special liturgies and feasts in her honor.

In this city in the middle of cotton and tobacco country, parishioners of St. Jude welcomed migrant workers and their families from as far away as Cameron and Summerton. The vigil Mass on Dec. 13 was sung in Spanish by a choir with an international flavor; the leader and guitarist was Kate Smith Kennedy, but the singers were students from Spain and from Guatemala, Ecuador and other Latin American countries. The liturgy was preceded by a procession and followed by a Christmas party Hispanic-style.

The Word was proclaimed alternately in English and in Spanish, and Deacon B. J. Ellis laced his homily with Spanish-language expressions. His closing prayer was to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Spanish.

The fiesta after Mass included a groaning board of food, Latina dances, a pinata and Luther Troop as Santa Claus. The families filled their old cars and vans with gifts. St. Jude has hosted the Guadalupe celebration for four years; the event continues to grow and the pastor knows who to blame.

“Guadalupe services are increasing, probably because of the ever-greater numbers of Hispanic Catholics (in the diocese),” said Redemptorist Father Michael Varady. “We have an active Hispanic ministry here and Alice takes care of everything for us.”

Alice is Alice Ingram. She said that the parish and the Sumter community at-large are “very supportive” of the St. Jude Migrant Ministry. For proof, she displayed the room full of bags of Christmas food and toys and clothing donated for the migrant families who are beginning to settle near the farm work that sustains them.

Another parish that serves as a beacon for Latino farm workers is St. Thomas the Apostle in North Charleston. Migrant workers from the sea islands south of Charleston go there to celebrate Mass on Sunday afternoons.

The Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego shortly after the Spaniards had subdued the native Mexican Indians. She was dark-skinned and dressed in symbolic Mayan clothes. Her initial miracles included Castillian roses found growing on a bare winter mountain and her image that appeared on the cactus-fiber cloak Diego was wearing. Pilgrims today can still view the miraculous image.




Diocesan Events Calendar
View All Events
Feb 177:15 pm Bishop to be Honoree at 75th Fourth Degree Exemplification Banquet - Columbia, SC
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Feb 188:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
From the Calendar of Diaconate
Feb 19 PRESIDENTS’ DAY – No School
From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
Presidents’ Day – No School
From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day Holiday
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
No School-Presidents Day
From the Calendar of Summerville Catholic School
Faculty In-service
From the Calendar of St. Paul the Apostle School Spartanburg
Presidents' Day/No School
From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
President’s Day—NO SCHOOL
From the Calendar of St. Peter School Beaufort
No School – Presidents’ Day
From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
President’s Day Holiday **No School**
From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
Presidents Day - School Closed
From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Anderson
Presidents Day - No school
From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
No school -holiday
From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
President’s Day – NO SCHOOL / No Extended Care Available
From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
President’s Day-no school
From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
Presidents’ Day – No School
From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
Presidents’ Day, No school
From the Calendar of Blessed Sacrament Charleston
No School – Presidents’ Day
From the Calendar of Charleston Catholic School
Presidents Day – No school
From the Calendar of Divine Redeemer