Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Spokane area parishes celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 4, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Deacon Chalo Martínez (left) and Father Miguel Mejía process into St. Joseph Church, Spokane, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (IR photo courtesy of Deacon Martínez)

At 5 a.m on Dec. 12, St. Joseph Church on Dean St., Spokane, came alive with the beat of Mexican indigenous drumming and the Danza started down the main aisle. The young women, dressed in Mexican Indian costume, danced to the sound of the drum, circling around the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Later, Father Miguel Mejía and Deacon Gonzalo Martínez proceeded to the altar to open up the celebration of the mańanitas in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The liturgy consisted of the Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours and the singing of a number of popular Marian hymns typical for the Feast of Guadalupe.

St. Joseph Church was, for the second year in a row, filled to over capacity with more than 200 women, children and men. The music was led by Jesús Lopez and choir. They and Father Mejía had been up all night, participating in a midnight service at St. Rose of Lima in Cheney. Later the same day they would return to St. Joseph for the 6 p.m. Mass, also attended by a full church.

On Dec. 18, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes hosted a posada, organized by the Hispanic community of St. Joseph Parish. The crowd of over 200 consisted of members from various parishes. They experienced the Spanish tradition of remembering Joseph and Mary as the couple went from inn to inn seeking lodging, being turned away, then finding a kind soul who offers them a stable where they can rest.

Bishop William S. Skylstad opened the service with a welcome and prayer. Prior to closing, Jesuit Father Mark McGregor spoke on the plight of immigrants and refugees. He particularly called attention to the challenges encountered by many children and young undocumented immigrants coming from Mexico and Latin America. Father McGregor reminded the people that their alienation and denial of a warm welcome was not unlike the one Joseph and Mary experienced when they sought lodging in Bethlehem.

After the celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the posadas, everyone enjoyed some tasty traditional Mexican food.

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