Striding toward a new celebration; Catholics to hold procession to recognize Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Published 10:06 am Thursday, December 10, 2015

Austin Catholics will celebrate an old tradition in a new way on Friday.

Queen of Angels Church will sponsor a procession from the parking lot of St. Augustine’s Church to Queen of Angels Church starting at 7 p.m. to celebrate the Catholic Church’s Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

A mass will then take place at Queen of Angels at 8 p.m.

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“This will be the first time that we will do a procession outside,” Queen of Angels Priest Raul Silva said.

The parish has celebrated the event for several years, but this will be the first procession in Austin. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrates the Virgin Mary’s appearance in Mexico in the 1500s, when many people converted to Catholicism.

“This is a very important feast for the Mexican people,” Silva said.

Silva, who started as the pastor in July, hopes the procession will help people feel more at home and closer to their faith.

“There are many Hispanic people, mostly Mexicans, living in the area, and somehow through this [Catholic religious feast] I think it’s a way of bringing them back to the church,” he said.

The Catholic event is open to the public, and there will be Rosary prayers during the procession. Some are also planning to wear traditional clothing and to do cultural dances. Silva hopes this can become a tradition in Austin every year for their church and the Catholic people.