Catholics from across the Diocese of Phoenix will descend Sunday on the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, for a daylong celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the diocese.
Titled “Honor Your Mother,” the celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with a procession. A Mass will be 11 a.m. with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted as the main celebrant, and it will be in both Spanish and English. Homilist will be the Rev. Robert Gonzalez of the Diocese of Tucson, an authority of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
More than five hours of musical performances on eight stages are planned, featuring about 32 bands. Half of the stages will feature Spanish music. There will be food booths. Olmsted will close the event with a benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Family Spirit, a Christian band, will be among the performers. Others include Matt Maher of Mesa, Guillermo Valencia of Los Angeles, Who Do You Say I Am? from Ohio and Marcos Lopez of Chile.
This marks the 475th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City. Across the Americas, the event is traditionally marked on Dec. 12, but it is being held on Sunday in this diocese to accommodate those who work or are in school. For more information, call (602) 354-2355.