Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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HARTFORD – Approximately 100 people walked nearly a mile in a procession from St. Anne-Immaculate Conception Church on Park Street to St. Peter Church on Main Street on Dec. 9 as part of a celebration commemorating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“It’s all about her,” said Pedro Ruiz, president of Grupo Guadalupano, an organization of Mexican Americans who plan local events.

“We welcome the entire community to this event, not just people from Mexico,” he said.

Hartford area celebrate the feast. It followed a Mass at St. Anne-Immaculate Conception and ended with a Mass at St. Peter Church.

Among those in the procession were the members of Voces Guadalupanas, a musical group from Meriden.

The event in Hartford was started by Sophia Martinez and her husband Leo. Each year, the procession is a little bit different depending upon who participates, said Mr. Ruiz, but it is always reverent and colorful.

During the month of December, members of Grupo Guadalupano, carrying an image of Our Lady, also visit homes to pray the rosary with families.

The group also supports the needy in the community throughout the year, such as on Mother’s Day, when members provide food baskets to needy families.

The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated in Mexico on Dec. 12. It celebrates the day that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to native Juan Diego on Tepeyak hill. See photo gallery to come. (Photo by Lenora Sumsky)