Novice Sister Cecilia Joy shares some memories of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2018.
“Buenos días, Paloma Blanca, hoy te vengo a saludar. Saludando tu belleza, en tu trono celestial.” These lyrics began our morning as Sister Concepción and I (Sister Cecilia Joy) joined Sister Francis, Sister Marie Kolbe, and Yazmin in singing during morning prayer on the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe. Who knew they were also going to be some of the closing words we would sing in Mass at the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Illinois later that day!
Sister Concepción and I joined Sister Elaine and Sister Julie Ann on this blessed pilgrimage. We arrived just in time to see the Shrine almost completely adorned with roses and candles. More pilgrims were walking along with us on the fenced paths to present their candles and flowers as well. It was truly a sight to behold. I never knew it was possible to see so many flowers in one place. Celebration of our Lady was in the smiles of joyful people, the flickering candles, and even in the movement of dancers in the square.
After spending some time at the Shrine, we proceeded to St. Joseph Chapel where a Spanish Mass was going to be held. This chapel was truly unique as it used to be a gym and was recently remodeled. Roses created an impressive border around the altar space. Musicians were practicing as we knelt to offer a few prayers. Mass was truly the climax of the day. Sister Concepción and I both agreed it was one of our favorite Spanish masses. The homily was inspiring, the songs were uplifting, and we enjoyed being a part of such a special celebration.
If you would like us to meet you at a Spanish mass in your area, please feel free to contact Sister Julie Ann through our website.