Hispanic community celebrates the Senora de Guadalupe | ParkRecord.com

Hispanic community celebrates the Senora de Guadalupe

St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church decorates the walls with depictions of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe and the Mexican and United States flags. Mass attendees walk up to Fr. Roberto Montoro to receive their communion. (Photo by: Alexandria Gonzalez/The Park Record)

St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church held the mass and celebration of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe on Thursday, Dec. 12, under the guidance of the new associate pastor, Fr. Roberto Montoro of Mexico. The celebration honors St. Juan Diego, a native Mexican who saw a woman on a hill dressed like an Aztec princess.

The woman said she was the Virgin Mary and told Juan Diego to tell the local bishop to build a church on top of the hill. Juan Diego told the bishop, and he did not believe him. The woman told him to go back to the top of the hill and grab the flowers to offer to the bishop in his cloak. When he opened it to offer the flowers, an image of the Virgin Mary was glowing inside the cloak.

Juan Diego became a saint in 2002, and the Catholic Church celebrates his belief every year on Dec. 12. St. Mary’s celebrated with a mass, traditional Mexican food – menudo, mole and refried beans – and a performance by Danza Azteca Salt Lake City Grupo Quetzalcoatl under the direction of Raul Ruiz.

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