Virgin de Guadalupe at St. Thomas Parish, Newton, Wisconsin

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

December 17, 2022

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Postulant Michelle Ozuna reflects on the recent feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated with the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community in Newton, Wisconsin.

The Feastday celebration of the Virgin De Guadalupe at St. Thomas Catholic Community in Newton, Wisconsin was very memorable.  I was grateful to share in the celebration of the Blessed Mother in a special way. The day was especially significant, because it is the Blessed Mother in the image of Our Lady Guadalupe that I grew up with and is tied to my culture.

I especially enjoyed the dancers, Mass and the Miachis who sang all the classic songs I grew up with.  The fellowship of a shared meal and music rounded out the event for hundreds of parishioners. Pair all of this with the welcoming and joyful nature of all the parishioners made for a blessed time.  I was reminded of being able to make a home in any house of the Lord.

I think Mary is a mother for everyone which is most evident in her constant presentation of herself immersed in many different cultures.

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feastday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church was such a beautiful Celebration. The Homily of the Mass centered in Our Lady of Guadalupe telling us as she told Juan Diego “Don’t be afraid.” Mary wants to tell God’s people that Jesus loves us. Therefore, we don’t have to be afraid. The prayers, walking, dancing and beautiful music reminded me of the New Jerusalem. God’s kingdom already here in the present moment.


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