Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine


Our Lady of Guadalupe Hospitality Committee Psalm-a-Thon is helping raise funds for our future family center. This Psalm reading that is being read by Pat Martinez is being sponsored by Express Nursing Home Health. Psalm 15 https://fb.watch/1KC6KqaROH/
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Thank you Father David for all your prayers! We are so grateful for you!
Blessed to Have Father David Marry us he came to us when we where in RCIA with Deacon Robert and his wife Kathy he said y’all are getting married right away and we did in just 3 months because of him and God we did it God put this special man in our lives for a reason and we are forever grateful
Father David and Father Reggie, Bishop Michael, and Bishop Sis you inspire us more than you know So many beautiful memories. May God continue to bless you all always
So Blessed, thank you Father David. We love and miss you!!
Beautiful 10:00am mass. Thank you all for making this possible.
Serving communion to the parishioners.
In anticipation of December: The Guadalupen Events The Aztecs, like all peoples, looked for the answers to the great Questions of life: What is the origin of Humanity? Who was the creator of the Universe? And all that is in it? In response to these question there came forth a large number of great thinkers and poets ( cuicani: poet or singer ) who addressed themselves to these enigmas. Those who found answers felt satisfaction and joy; those who did not turned their back on the whole business and contented themselves in drunkenness. As a sample of the richness and profundity of Aztec thought, the following are abstracts of some of their poetry: LIFE LIKE A DREAM Do we speak with truth here, oh giver of life? We only dream, we arise from sleeping. All is like a dream . . . No one speaks with truth here. Cantares Mexicanos Vol. 5 FLOWER AND SONG At last my heart comprehends; I hear a song . . I contemplate a flower Oh to God that they not wither THE HERE-AFTER My flowers will be without end. My song will be unending. I, Cantor elevate them, They are spread and distributed. Even though the flowers yellow and wither, They will be taken to the here-after To the interior of the house, Of the bird of the golden plumes. Cantares Mexicanos Vol. 16 SUPREME DUAL DIETY …and the Toltecs knew, that many were the heavens, they say that there are twelve divisions superimposed. There live the true God and His Complement, The Celestial God is called, Lord of the Duality. His Complement is called Lady of The Duality Celestial Lady; which means: Over the twelve heavens He is King, is Lord. Mother of the Gods, Father of the Gods, The Old God, Extended though out the umbilicus of the Earth, Within an enclosure of turquoise, He who is in the Water the color of the blue bird. The Old God, who abides in the shadows of the region Of the dead, the Lord of fire and the year. Florentine Codicle Vol. 6 For these people, truth, stability and basis are synonymous. In other words, they use basis or stability to say truth. “Do we speak with truth here” would be the equivalent of: Are we with stability or basis here, or be it with per during roots. “We only dream we arise from sleep” To live in this world is not stable, it is not well based, with roots, as is the case in a dream. It is at death that one awakens from the dream, to begin the true life, or be it the stable life, with basis forever. We dream (we are born), we arise from sleep (we resurrect) we awaken from the dream; we die and at one and the same time resurrect. “No one speaks with truth here.” No one lives with stability and basis here, life on this plane is not the Eternal life. They come to the conclusion that, after all, poetry is the only stability in this life. From there they arrive at the understanding of The True God. “Who is in the enclosure of turquoise (in the heavens) The Old God (eternal) Who Abides In The Shadows (invisible) Of The Region o The Dead (of the excarnate, where the souls are) The Lord Of Fire And The Year, The Lord Of Life and Time. God was seen by this people as The True God who is in the height of the heavens and in the profundity of the ocean. The Eternal God, who is invisible, who gives us life and time. What we call heavens they called the place of The Duality, where The Duality resides. They saw The Duality as one person, One God, not a plurality of gods. They were in effect Monotheistic. It would by the Christians who in their zeal, would refer to the many manifestations, aspects and attributes of The One God by which the Aztecs recognized God, the title of gods and in their ignorance with a lower case g. They saw The Complement as perfect within self. They saw God as Father and Mother, The Lord/Lady who feeds us. They invoked God therefore under different titles: The God of The Duality Lord of The Duality Lady of The Duality Lord/Lady Our Nourishment Our Mother, Brilliant Star The One of The Mantle of Stars Other titles were but manifestations, attributes and aspects of the same God. So they also had: The Lady of The Duality God in the attributes of Maternity and femininity The God of the Wind With intangible and omniscient attributes The God Of Darkness The attribute of invisibility The God of The Rain In the productive and providential aspects of life, who descends from the heavens to give life to the animals, plants, man and for the good of creation. The destiny or place where they went upon awakening from the dream was rigid, not because of the class or cast, but determined by the nature of death. The True Life depended upon the mode of awakening from the dream. In this way they divided the heavens into four parts: THE FIRST WAS DIVIDED INTO NINE LEVELS BELOW THE EARTH. Those who find themselves here must yet undergo trials and struggle until they arrive at the last level, where they disappear. This has been interpreted to mean the disappearance of struggles and suffering in order that one might begin to rejoice in true happiness. Those who went there were thought to have died without struggle and without glory. THE SECOND WAS KNOWN AS THE PLACE OF ETERNAL SPRING This was a place without struggle or pain. Here were thought went those who were killed in drowning, struck by lightning or as a result of sickness related to water such as dropsy. It was also known as The Place Of Delight. THE THIRD WAS KNOWN AS THE HOUSE OF THE SUN. Here went the companions of The Eagle., those who died on the rock of sacrifice, those who died in the camp of battle. To this place went the women who died in childbirth. This is the level to which all aspired to go, even though most went to the first [place. To die in sacrifice or battle was the greatest aspiration. All who would awaken from sleep in this manner went directly to the House of The Sun. THE FOURTH LEVEL WAS KNOW AS THE TREE OF LIQUID NOURISHMENT To this level went all the children who died before attaining the use of reason. They were buried with an earthen vessel containing the milk of their Mother. It was seen to be in the House of The God Who Nourishes us. What we know as the four Cardinal Points, they referred to as the four directions of the Universe. They considered these four direction as opposing forces, which struggled, one against the other, none being superior to the other. In the moment in which one direction were to vanquish another, the cataclysm would come destroying the entire Universe and its contents. Within or be it at the center of these four directions was located stability and truth. The weight and greatness of the number four to the Aztecs cannot be sufficiently underscored. It was the favorite or better yet chosen number being that within it rests stability, truth and basis. It is well founded, stable and true. THE AZTEC COLORS Colors played a very important part in their lives and were a language unto themselves. They were above all the beauty at hand, a symbolism wrapped in the profundity of religiosity. Colors were ascribed to the Four Directions as follows: EAST YELLOW In consequence of the light of the Sun the source of New Life every First Light WEST BLUE-GREEN Jade, Turquoise and the color of the Quetzal Bird of the finest and Blue Plumage the color of the Western sky where the Sun dies at Last Light and God Comes forth In a Mantel of Stars to see us through the night SOUTH WHITE From the Rain , the shells of the sea and the Woman who regenerates life. The Providential attributes of God NORTH BLACK AND RED The Dream and Resurrection, the cycle through which we all pass from this plane to the real life in the hereafter. The Sacerdotal colors The colors were of the temple and of the House of God, divided into four great sections in the same order and direction as the four points of the Universe. The colors which they utilized for their murals and sculpture were: RED – VERMILLION For all under garments, slips or albs and some ornaments. BLUE – CERULEAN For the plums and some ornaments of Jade and Turquoise. YELLOW – OCRE For plums ornaments and jewels OCRE – ROSE For human skin WHITE For the eyes, canine teeth, fangs, bones and robes of cotton BLACK To contour or outline the motif and to make it stand out X X X X X X X X X X X X X WEALTH AND BEAUTY Wealth was Jade and Turquoise, plums were beauty. These objects grew to be very sacred and venerated. Gold they considered the ‘Dung of God’. On their arrival the Spaniards would refuse Jade, Turquoise and plums offered them. Instead, these would demand the ‘Dung of God’. SYMBOLS AND SIGNS Among the many symbols of the Aztecs are these two, which are significant to this study: The Symbol of Triumph The Construction of a Temple – For a people as profoundly religious as the Aztecs the building of a Temple meant much more than the mere construction of it. The construction of a Temple is the triumph of one people over another. It is. More importantly the triumph of the God of one people over that of another. SYMBOL OF THE VANQUISHED A Temple destroyed and burnt – It was the custom and tradition among these peoples that when a people were vanquished by another, the sign by which this was made known was the burning of the Temple. As a coincidence or thing more of destiny, the Spaniards, although for other motives, upon vanquishing the Aztecs, destroyed and burnt their Temples. These people did not have a tradition of flags or News Papers. This was the way they acknowledged the defeat of a Nation. It therefore is more in the mind of the ignorant to think the burning and destruction of Temples by the Spaniards a dastardly act. It certainly was not seen that way by the Aztec. The great significance of this to the Aztec cannot go without notice. They not only saw these as signs of their conquest but more importantly to them as the sign of the beginning of a New Era, Culture, People and Civilization, as had always been their tradition under these circumstances. TRANSLATION OF SOME OF THE FOUR APARITIONS OF TECUATLXOPE OR AS THE SPANIARDS WOULD NAME HER DE GUADALUPE AND WE HAVE COME TO KNOW HER OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, FROM THE NICANMOPOHUA, FIRST TRANSLATED INTO SPANISH AND NOW TO ENGLISH: … on arriving along side the hill known as Tepeyac (Hill of Stone) it was dawning and he heard from on top (the Tepeyacac the nose or summit) of the hill, singing; like the song of various precious birds. At intervals the singing would hush and it seemed as if the very hill responded. Their song delightful and pleasing excelled that of the finest of birds that sing. As Juan Diego stopped to see he asked himself; by some fortune am I worthy to hear what I hear? Perhaps I dream? I arise from sleeping? Where am I? Perhaps I am already in Heaven? He was approaching toward the East, the precious celestial song proceeding from atop the hill. Suddenly all stopped and it became silent, he heard himself called from atop the hill “Juanito: Juan Diegito.” On arriving along side the hill known as Tepeyac it was dawning – Dawning or First Light for this People was of great Theological significance. The Sun coming forth to give new life to the plants, animals and man. In consequence of this New Life, comes the “Song of Precious Birds.” “By some fortune I am worthy of what I hear?” No human being is worthy nor can he perceive the song of the little birds which sing in Heaven (note that he does not say that hehears a choir of angels singing, much less in Latin, but the song of various Precious Birds. “Perhaps I dream?” To live in this world is to dream. To die is to awaken from the dream. The expression “Perhaps I dream?” might be better translated as “Have I just resurrected?” Listen with your Heart to what the Aztec Burial Rite prescribes for one of the Companions of The Eagle: “Awaken, the sky already turns to rose, The Aurora has presented itself, The birds of Yellow plumage sing, The Swallows color of fire, The butterflies in flight.” Codice matritense da la real Academia de la historia, textos De los informants de Sahagun Vol. 195.v It is with great interest to note how this “Liturgical Formula” has been transformed in the course of time to a popular song which commemorates the day on which a human being entered the Dream, as opposed to its original intent which commemorated the day on which one Resurrected from it. In its first adaptation from the Aztec it commemorated the day on which one received New Life in Baptism or be it one’s Name Day at First Light and later that day with a Pinata. It has been more recently adapted to the European penchant for ‘Birthday celebrations” and combined with the Birthday cake. Awake, my love, awake Look, it has now dawned The Little Birds are singing The Moon has now gone. “WHERE AM I? Perhaps in the Terrestrial Paradise of which the Old Ones, Our Elders, left word?” This expression does not refer to the Terrestrial Paradise wherein lived Adam and EVE. “The Old Ones, Our Elders” had no acquaintance with such knowledge. “The Eternal Paradise” is the place of Eternal Spring (where go those who die by accident, sickness or drowning) where the flowers are caressed by the delicate dew and cadence of the rain. To these people, the song of the birds, the beautiful colors and so radiant light could be no other place than The House of The Sun, heaven. “...he was looking toward the East,” That is, he was looking toward the place where the Sun is Born, from which New Life comes. For this reason it is of the utmost significance that have been the East and not any other directions of The Universe (east, region of the nascent Sun, region of the Yellow color where the sound of the Quetzal bird of fine plumage is heard.) “Atop the hill from whence proceeded the precious celestial song,” Where resides The Duality. God is also atop the temple or pyramid or Hill of Rock. It is from there above whence precedes the celestial song of the little birds. ‘He heard himself called from atop the hill Juanito, Juan Diegito.” This without a doubt is an adaptation to the language of the Spaniards from the Nahuatl. The Mother of God could not have said Juanito, Juan Diegito.” in the diminutive. The diminutive is not of the Nahuatl language. The Aztecs more or less used the following form of greeting: Sir Elder Brother or Sir Younger Brother. The manner of address extended between parents and children and vice versa was one of great respect and veneration: Venerable Father or Our Most Venerated Father. Venerable Mother or Our Most Venerated Mother. The Parents would direct themselves to the Children in the following manner: Very Noble Son. With all certainty the Mother of God said: Venerable, Much Esteemed, One of the Princes, Much Worthy of Confidence. It is a language of gentility and one which “The Old Ones, Our Elders” accustomed. In other words, Tecuatlxope, Our most Venerable Mother, The Crusher of the Stone Serpent, The One of the Mantle of Stars does not see the smallness or insignificance of Juan Diego but his beauty and greatness because he is created in the image and likeness of God. The conceptual adaptation from the Nahuatl to the Spaniards language and understanding would very naturally occasion the use of the diminutive, as in Castilian the use of the diminutive is used to express veneration, respect, confidence and great esteem. For example to call ones Grand Mother ‘Abuelita’, (diminutive for Grandmother) is not to say that she is the smallest of all Grandmothers. In Castilian it would not have the same intimacy to call her Most Venerable Grandmother or be it Muy Venerable Abuela or Muy Respetable y Venerable Abuela. We have here one of the innumerable cases in which Aboriginals were caused to make adaptations favorable to the now dominant society, not unlike our having taught them to say that they were dancing when in effect they were praying. Yet even in its base it is well founded with good roots, veneration, mutual esteem and confidence of parents for children. So even today, the Aztecs may have lost their language but the manner Of feeling or expressing continues. “Juanito, Juan Diegito” based on the preceding would be equivalent to: ‘JUAN Diego, the Grandest and Principal of My Sons.” Only in this way could it have had meaning for the Mother of God to have said later on, ‘You are my Ambassador, Worthy of much Confidence.” DESCRIPTION OF TEPEYAC At the moment of apparition … having arrived before her, he marveled at her super human grandeur: Her apparel was radiant like the Sun; so rich was her splendor that the rock upon which She was appeared as a cluster of precious stones and the Earth shone like the rainbow. The Mesquite, the Cactus and Herbage appeared as Emeralds, the Leaves of fine Turquoise, the Branches and Thorns shone like Gold.” The impact for the Aboriginal Human was not so much the value of the richness he saw in Emeralds, Turquoise or Gold but in the Theological significance of the Colors. It is in the coloring and so radiant light that this place is seen as Sacred, this place must be Heaven from whence comes the expression of Juan Diego ‘Perhaps I am already in heaven?” “Know and have the understanding, you the smallest of My Sons, that I am the always Virgin Mary, Mother of The True God for whom one lives: The Creator in whom all is, Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth.” Know and have the understanding is a very Aztec manner of speaking; saying the same thing in differing ways, such as for example “THEY ARE SPREAD THEY ARE DISTRIBUTED.”, “They yellow they wither.” “I am Mary, Mother of The True God” Here again the language and conceptualization is markedly Aztec: It is a Litany of the Titles of God in each of God’s distinct attributes yet remaining One and The Same God. Let us look at some of these Titles; ‘Mother of The True God” – True, well founded, with stability, firm. ‘Giver of Live” - That is, for whom we live, who is near and in all places. In this way the narration from the Nican Mopohua is better understood. ; “Of The Creator in Whom all is.” - In other words, ‘I am Mary, Mother of …” and She lists all of the attributes of the Aztec Ometeotl (Ome “dual” teotl “deity”). “I Desire urgently that a Temple be erected to me here.” One can only begin to imagine, with what great satisfaction and joy, Juan Diego and subsequently all the Aztec, realized the significance of the ‘Construction of a Temple’, the passing from the vanquished to the triumphant, the passing from a state of pusillanimity in which they would rather die to a state of victorious animus and desire to live (was pressing and urgent). This pressing urgency is expressed in the adverb ‘Vivamente”. This Temple was to be for all Aboriginal Humans now finding themselves under Christian Conquest. From another perspective that The Mother of God should say that the Temple be built to Me ‘here”, that is to say on this spot or be it the Tepeyacac, the nose or summit of the Hill of Rock does not cease to have significance for these and all Aboriginal Humans on this Continent. It was precisely on top of Tepeyac where they had for so long venerated “Tonantzin” or be it “Our Very Venerable Mother”. The mother of God insists that it be on sacred ground. “So that here I may show all my Love, Compassion, Help and Defense,” Here again we see the same thing expressed in differing words. It was necessary to speak in this fashion in order to see the differing facets of the one concept. The Aztec themselves spoke and expressed their Theology in this way. It is of interest here that there are four: Love, Compassion, Help and Defense. Situating them in the four directions of the Universe as the Aztec did we can illustrate the following: COMPASSION DEFENSE LOVE HELP “To hear there your Laments and remedy all your ills, needs and sorrows.” As in the anterior case, here we have the differing facets of the same concept and the fact that they are four. Situating them as the Aztec we have the following: COMPASSION LAMENTS DEFENSE LOVE TROUBLE SORROW HELP NEEDS THE SECOND APPARITION “For which I urge you highly Lady and Child of mine, that to one of the principals, acknowledged, respected and esteemed you entrust the carrying of you message so that it be believed.” Here again we have a beautiful expression of the Aztec way of speaking. “One of the principals, known, respected and esteemed.’ Besides being four distinct manners of expressing the same concept, which may appear redundant and fastidious, what Juan Diego asks The Mother of God is that She send someone who is the Son of a Noble, one of the Princes, one of the principals, who lives within the City, with some title of Nobility and who is therefore worthy of such great confidence. “Because I am a lowly man, I am a rope, I am a ladder, a tail, a leaf, a small person.” The description Juan Diego makes of himself is of a plebian, a mister nobody, on whom all step without notice, one who is outside, who does not count for anything and is refused. “Hear, smallest of my Sons, have understood that my servants are many, whom I can commission to take my message and do my will; but it is of every precise point that you yourself solicit….” The Mother of God acknowledges the greatness of all people but chooses Juan Diego, great among them all. THE THIRD APPARITION “… if I go directly, would that The Lady not see me and in any case detain me so that I take a sign to the prelate, as She prevailed upon me….” Then he went around the base of the Hill of Rock, he went up between it and passed to the side, toward the East, in order to arrive quickly in Mexico City and that he not be detained by The Lady from Heaven. It is very natural to Juan Diego to think and act in this way. The Lady fro Heaven, The Lady of The Duality is at the Summit of Tepeyac, On the height of the Hill of Rock, at the top where man and God commune. In this way, by going around the Hill of Rock He will not see Her. THE FOURTH APPARITION “Hear and have understood the smallest of my sons, that which frightens you is nothing, do not fear that infirmity or any other particular infirmity or affliction.” Note the language, the manner in which the various aspects of the same concept are developed. We have this again in the words with which The Mother of God continues saying: “Am I not here your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not by fortune in my embrace? What more are you to deserve? Do not be grieved or disturbed by any other thing, Do not be pained by the infirmity of your Uncle, he will not die now of it. Be assured that he is now well.” THE MIRACLE OF THE ROSES “Go up the smallest of my sons, there, where you saw me and I gave you orders, you will find that there are different flowers; cut them, gather them, pick them up, then descend and bring them to my presence.” The miracle of the Roses far exceeds the mere fact that they bloom in that place or in the month of December. The flower is of itself of great theological significance to this people. Flower and Song, that is to say, the only well founded, the only true thing in this world. Note that the narrative of the apparitions begins with the Song of precious birds and terminates with flowers. The apparitions are marked in Flower and Song or be it in truth and beauty. An interpretation of the paragraph to which we refer might go like this: Juan, Noble Son, great among all, goes up to the summit of the Hill of Rock, where resides the God of The Duality, where you saw me. It is of importance to note these words ‘where you saw me”, that is to say, I also abide where the God of The Duality is. “You will find that there are different flowers.” Would be to say hearts, peoples of God. “Bring them to my presence.” This last the Aztec themselves would say Mopohua, in English Self evident and in Castilian, Por si mismo habla. “This diversity of Roses is the proof and sign which you will take to the Bishop.” A flower of a color to the Aztec enclosed the concept of a person or a heart. Flowers of every color then, embrace the concept of all the peoples or All The Nations. This diversity of peoples of God is the proof and sign which you will take to the Bishop so that he see that in you there is stability, that you tell the truth, the proof and sign that I Am The Mother of God, who desires that all peoples (all the Nations) symbolized by the diversity of the colors in which the Roses grew), shall be saved. “ You are my ambassador, very worthy of my confidence.” Another point of interest lies in that when Juan Diego speaks with the Bishop, he – the Bishop that is, remains comfortably seated (unmoved) in his Episcopal Chair while Juan Diego stands with his gaze toward Mother Earth; in the end God works so greatly in the Bishop’s presence that the Bishop is caused to prostrate himself on his knees and recognize the messenger of The Mother of God who stands sustaining the Tilma where moments before there had spilled Roses of every color and now coming forth on the blank Tilma not unlike a Television image is the form of The Lady of Heaven (OMEGIHUATL), The Lady Who Nourishes us (TONACACIHUATL), Our Most Venerable Mother (TONATZIN),The One of The Mantle of Stars (CITLALINICUE). The proof of this fact lies in that the reflection on the eyes of the image are of those in the room with Juan Diego when it came forth and not of the Hill of Rock. And of course important to note that the images are of four men, two Africans who worked the residence, an Aztec interpreter and the Bishop. We have come to know it as the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Aztec people never for an instant doubted the veracity of the apparitions of TECUATLXOPE. They are others, who doubt. The apparitions were four, that is to say they are well founded, stable, with basis and in other words true. The Aztec not only understood the apparitions but also understood the message of Love, Salvation, Truth and Life that was left imprinted on Juan Diego’s Tilma, in the very image of Our Most Venerable Mother. The image of Tecuatlxope To the Aztec, Her appearance spoke not of the Foreign but of the Intimate and Familiar. Her face was youthful, Her eyes those of a mature Person, Her smile one of compassion. The countenance for the Aztec was the identity of the person. The Dress: Was of a pale rose color, the color of the blood spilt in Human Sacrifice. It was the color of God who gave and conserved life that came from Him. It was also the color of the East where before Sunrise the sky turns a rose hew, the region from whence the Sun comes out victorious every morning after having died in a rose hew for the night. The color does not only capture the death of the Sun but the birth of the Sun, which is the sign of New Life, New Beginning. There are small flowers with four petals in Gold, one petal in each direction of the universe. The other LARGER FLOWERS are in the Aztec shape of the Heart, The heart pointing up is turned toward God as they came out of the Chest in the offering of Human Sacrifice and therefore have a face. These are the Flowers of Ometeotl. The people of God. All are children of God. They can be seen looking out from God who has accepted their Old Testament Worship and now gives reason to no longer have to worship in the Old Way any longer. One has died that no more need to. She who gave him Birth now offers Him to this New People who joyously accept. The Predominant Color: It is the Blue-Green of the mantle. This was first among the colors of Ometeotl, Father/Mother, the origin of all the natural forces and all that exists. This Jade Blue Green Turquoise was the color of God and was reserved in the language of their Murals and paintings for God and nobility. In the psychology of the Aztec world of color, Blue-Green was firm, stable and in the center of the cross of the opposing forces. In and of itself it signified the force that unified the opposing tensions that are in struggle through out the Universe. The Stars On The Mantle: The One of The Mantle of Stars, a title for God who watches over us through out the darkness of the night in the absence of the Sun. One of the prophetic signs which the learned and wise interpreted as a sign of the termination of their Civilization that was the presence ten years before the Conquest of a Comet. It was so brilliant that it could be seen in the Light of The Sun. For other people in the world this appeared as a Star with a giant tail. Just as the Stars had served to symbolize the end of their Civilization they also announced the beginning of a new Civilization. The Angel On Whose Shoulders The Virgin Is Carried: The fact that she is carried on the shoulders of another, for the Aztec, could signify two different things: although not opposed one to the other. In fact both were more than likely the understood and celebrated. Only the very important persons were carried on shoulders. The fact that She is carried on the shoulders of an extra terrestrial being signified that She came of Her own will and not that of the Spaniards. * In accord with the concept of the times each era or period of time was sustained by a new understanding of God. As the time had finished for the anterior Civilization a New Understanding from God was necessary. In this way a New Era was Commencing - The era of The Lady and all She signifies - The Era Of The Woman The Rays Of The Sun: The principal attribute in the pantheon of nature, which symbolized God, was The Sun. God’s Home or heaven was the House of the Sun. The fact that The Lady occludes the Sun but does not extinguish it is of great significance. She is greater than their most important symbolic expression of God, yet She does not destroy it. Her Foot On The Moon: Also in the pantheon of Nature by which they expressed their understanding of God was the Moon that was expressive of the feminine attribute of The One God. God in the night. The One of The Mantle Of Stars. The Lady is greater since She has her foot on the Moon, yet, She does not destroy it. The Position Of The Eyes: Although She is greater than all the expression of God that they knew of, She is not proud, vain, arrogant or indifferent to the needs of the people. Neither does she demonstrate the impersonal nature of the Mayan or masked expression of God that the Aztec had utilized. Her eyes are looking down toward Mother Earth (toward Herself, self evident). She looks toward the people yet permits them to be reflected in Her eyes that they may see themselves in Her. Her look is of compassion. What She said to Juan Diego was confirmed by the expression on Her face. The Black Maternity Band: Around Her waist, The Lady has the band of maternity. This is the sign that She is pregnant. It is Her Son whom She is offering to the ‘New World’ as the position of her hands demonstrates. It is more than the posture of prayer it is the posture of offering. God now offers The Son of God who is sacrificed at the center of the four directions to reconcile the universe to Him that no more need die. The Angel And The Medal: The plums and jade symbolized richness and the beauty in the Aztec world here acknowledged on the very image of Our Lady. That which the Europeans refused anywhere in the Americas to this very day, Our Lady recognizes and adorns Herself with it. The Sun, Moon and Stars Together: A symbol of love, of stability. The fact they are together symbolizes that there is no longer contention among them. In other words again She tells them that there is no longer need to make human sacrifice to strengthen God as symbolized by The Sun. Gods battle against darkness has been victorious. They are others who are yet robbed of the Victory and await salvation now. Mercilessness is no more. The God Who is Mercy has prevailed. The Colors Of The Image: These are the colors of the four directions of the Universe. Interestingly they saw God at the Center of The Four Directions. The fact that the Colors of The Four Directions come together in Her Image assure the Aztec that this is indeed Our Most Venerable Mother. All together it is marked by Flower and Song or be it Truth and Beauty, Sacred and Precious, well based and Stable, conforming in every way with Aztec thought, culture and religion. This proving once again that only God’s embrace is large enough to be inclusive of all creation. Man still waits to discover the greatness of what God has done not only across the Atlantic in the ‘Old World’ but here in ‘The New” as well.

Pastor Jesus the Good Shepherd Assistants Fr. David Herrera Monsignor James Bridges Dcn Jesse Guajardo, Dcn Ricardo Torres & Dcn Nacho Villa Masses Weekend: Saturday Vigil 5:00 p.m.

in Spanish Sunday 8:00 a.m. in Spanish 10:00 a.m. in English 12:00 noon in English 2:00 p.m. in Spanish Weekday: Tuesday – Friday at 12:05 p.m. in English Tuesday & Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Spanish Confessions: 30 minutes before weekday Masses Saturday at 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Mission: Fall in Love with the Eucharist and everything will fall into place!

Open with service changes; Online services available

The funeral arrangements for Deacon Jesse R. Guajardo are as follows:

Rosary will be recited on Sunday, November 29th at 4:00 p.m. at the altar of the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, November 30th at 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Rosary and Mass will be LIVE streamed on our page and our website www.olgmidland.org

Los arreglos para el funeral del Diácono Jesse R. Guajardo son los siguientes:

El rosario se rezará el domingo 29 de noviembre a las 4:00 de la tarde en el altar del Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

La Misa de Resurrección se celebrará el lunes 30 de noviembre a las 2:00 de latarde en el estacionamiento de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

El Rosario y la Misa estarán en VIVO en nuestra página de Facebook y nuestro sitió web www.olgmidland.org

November 23, 2020

It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that we inform our parish community and beyond that Deacon Jesse Guajardo has entered into eternal rest this afternoon.
O Lord, let perpetual light shine upon him, May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Con un corazón pesado y mucha tristeza que informamos a nuestra comunidad parroquial y más allá que el Diácono Jesse Guajardo ha entrado en el eterno descanso esta tarde. Oh Señor, que la luz perpetua brille sobre él, Que su alma y las almas de todos los fieles difuntos, por la misericordia de Dios, descansen en paz. Amén.

OLG Hospitality Committee

Thank you to everyone for all the support we received for our goody sale!!! It was a huge success!! May God bless you all!!

Like the gospel said today “For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me” so many families will be blessed because of your generosity!! 🙏🏼

[11/22/20]   22 de noviembre, 2020
Misa en el Estacionamiento
a las 2:00 de la tarde.

Para donaciones en línea haga click en el sitio web: https://give.olgmidland.org

[11/22/20]   November 22, 2020
Parking lot Mass at 12:00 noon

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November 22, 2020

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Last Sunday in Ordinary Time

Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for his name's sake. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

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[11/22/20]   November 22, 2020
Parking lot Mass

We will also be LIVE on Facebook and our website www.olgmidland.org for Mass at 10:00 AM

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22 de noviembre de 2020
Solemnidad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo
Último domingo del Tiempo ordinario

Tu mismo me preparas la mesa, a despecho de mis adversarios; me unges la cabeza con perfume, y llenas mi copa hasta los bordes. El Señor es mi pastor, nada me faltará.

Para donaciones en línea haga click en el sitio web: https://give.olgmidland.org

[11/22/20]   22 de noviembre, 2020
Misa en el Estacionamiento

También estaremos en VIVO en Facebook y en nuestra página web www.olgmidland.org para la Misa de las 8:00 de la mañana.

Para donaciones en línea haga click en el sitio web: https://give.olgmidland.org

World Day of Cloistered Life

November 21 (the Memorial of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple), the Church will celebrate the 67th annual World day of Cloistered life, an ecclesial event for all Catholics worldwide to commemorate the hidden lives of contemplative religious in cloisters and monasteries. We celebrate this day because the contemplative life is a gift from God to us all, because the entire world spiritually benefits from the prayers and sacrifices of these dedicated religious, even when we do not know it. On this day, the faithful are encouraged to reach out to the cloistered religious in their diocese, through prayer, encouragement, and material support.

Día Mundial de la Vida Claustrada

El 21 de noviembre (Memorial de la Presentación de la Virgen María en el Templo), la Iglesia celebrará la 67ª Jornada mundial anual de la vida claustrada, un evento eclesial para todos los católicos de todo el mundo para conmemorar las vidas ocultas de los religiosos contemplativos en claustros y monasterios. Celebramos este día porque la vida contemplativa es un regalo de Dios para todos nosotros, porque el mundo entero se beneficia espiritualmente de las oraciones y sacrificios de estos religiosos dedicados, incluso cuando no lo conocemos. En este día, se anima a los fieles a acercarse a los religiosos de clausura en su diócesis, a través de la oración, el aliento y el apoyo material.

[11/15/20]   15 de noviembre, 2020
Misa en el Estacionamiento
a las 2:00 de la tarde.

Para donaciones en línea haga click en el sitio web: https://give.olgmidland.org

[11/15/20]   November 15, 2020
Parking lot Mass at 12:00 noon

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November 15, 2020
Mass for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

'Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master's joy.’

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[11/15/20]   November 15, 2020
Parking lot Mass

We will also be LIVE on Facebook and our website www.olgmidland.org for Mass at 10:00 AM

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15 de noviembre de 2020
Misa del Trigésimo-Tercer Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

‘Te felicito, siervo bueno y fiel. Puesto que has sido fiel en cosas de poco valor, te confiaré cosas de mucho valor. Entra a tomar parte en la alegría de tu señor.’

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[11/15/20]   15 de noviembre, 2020
Misa en el Estacionamiento

También estaremos en VIVO en Facebook y en nuestra página web www.olgmidland.org para la Misa de las 8:00 de la mañana.

Para donaciones en línea haga click en el sitio web: https://give.olgmidland.org

OLG Hospitality Committee

[11/13/20]   $14.00 a dozen
The Guadalupanas and Guadalupanos will be selling Tamales, this Sunday after each Mass until they sell out. Just park close to the All Saints Hall on Tyler Street and someone will come to take your order.

$14.00 la docena
Las Guadalupanas y Guadalupanos están vendiendo Tamales, este fin de semana después de cada Misa hasta que se vendan todos. Solo estaciónese cerca del salón de Todos los Santos en la calle Tyler y alguien vendrá a tomar su pedido.

November 13, 2020
Mass for Friday, Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin

Stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.

12 de noviembre de 2020
Misa del Jueves Memoria de San Josafat, Obispo y Mártir

Yo soy la vid y ustedes los sarmientos; el que permanece en mí y yo en él, ése da fruto abundante.

[11/11/20]   November 11, 2020
Let us continue to unite in prayer for Deacon Jesse, he is still in the hospital. Father David saw him yesterday and he was in good spirits. He is ready to get back to the Ministry of saving souls.

Seguimos unidos en oración por el Diácono Jesse, el sigue en el hospital. Padre David lo vio ayer y estaba de buen humor. Está listo para regresar al Ministerio de salvar almas.

As we end Vocation Awareness Week we must remember the vocation where all vocations begin
Vocation of Marriage

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.".
CCC 1601

Marriage is intended to bring forth life and that is why a sacramental marriage is so powerful, so powerful that all Vocations begin with marriage.
Marriage is like a vocation to the Priesthood or religious life, it requires prayer and intentional preparation in order to follow God’s call and live a holy marriage.
When a couple enters the sacrament willingly they receive graces from Christ and with those graces the couple helps each other to reach holiness in their married life. It is the grace that strengthens their unity. When a couple attempts marriage without God they deny the essential graces. Grace allows the couple to Love like Christ; they are given the grace to forgive, sacrifice for one another and to be faithful to one another.

Al terminar la Semana de Conciencia Vocacional debemos recordar la vocación donde todas las vocaciones empiezan.
Vocación de Matrimonio

La alianza matrimonial, por la que el varón y la mujer constituyen entre sí un consorcio de toda la vida, ordenado por su misma índole natural al bien de los cónyuges y a la generación y educación de la prole, fue elevada por Cristo Nuestro Señor a la dignidad de sacramento entre bautizados
CIC 1601

El matrimonio es como una vocación al sacerdocio o a la vida religiosa, requiere oración y preparación intencional para seguir el llamado de Dios y vivir un matrimonio santo.
Cuando una pareja entra el sacramento voluntariamente recibe gracias de Cristo y con esas gracias la pareja se ayuda mutuamente a alcanzar la santidad en su vida matrimonial. Es la gracia que fortalece su unidad. Cuando una pareja intenta casarse sin Dios, niegan las gracias esenciales. La gracia permite a la pareja amar como Cristo; se les da la gracia de perdonar, sacrificarse mutuamente y ser fieles el uno al otro.

[11/08/20]   8 de noviembre, 2020
Misa en el Estacionamiento
a las 2:00 de la tarde.

Para donaciones en línea haga click en el sitio web: https://give.olgmidland.org

[11/08/20]   November 8, 2020
Parking lot Mass at 12:00 noon

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November 8, 2020 Mass for the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

November 8, 2020 Mass for the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Stay awake and be ready! For you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

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[11/08/20]   November 8, 2020
Parking lot Mass

We will also be LIVE on Facebook and our website www.olgmidland.org for Mass at 10:00 AM

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8 de noviembre de 2020
Misa del Trigésimo Segundo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Estén preparados, porque no saben a qué hora va a venir el Hijo del hombre.

Para donaciones en linea haga click en el sitio web:


[11/08/20]   8 de noviembre, 2020
Misa en el Estacionamiento

También estaremos en VIVO en Facebook y en nuestra página web www.olgmidland.org para la Misa de las 8:00 de la mañana.

Para donaciones en línea haga click en el sitio web: https://give.olgmidland.org

Today is the last day for National Vocation Awareness Week!

Remember to pray for vocations, especially for the Priesthood.

The Hands of a Priest!

What does the priest do with these hands? He anoints the sick. He embraces a child. He lays hands on the dying and those about to be confirmed. These are the hands that are raised in blessing and folded in prayer. These are the hands that do the most ordinary and earthly things, but these are also the hands that sign the head, the lips and the breast when the gospel is proclaimed. These are the hands that float above the altar as the Holy Spirit is called down. These are the hands that lift the host and lift the chalice as God comes down to transform this matter of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. These hands are extended in peace and blessing. These hands distribute the precious body and blood of Christ. These hands bless the penitent at absolution, turn the pages of the breviary and clutch the rosary as the last action at night.

The hands of the priest are the sign of the priest–in the ordinary the extraordinary is seen. Through his humanity God’s divinity wants to shine. This is the mystery of the sacrament of ordination. Holy Church teaches that through ordination an ontological change takes place in the man. A new dimension to his humanity is unlocked. He opens out into becoming something he was not before. His ordination is a completed gift and yet also a gift that has to be completed through a life of dedication, prayer and sacrifice.

¡Hoy es el último día de la Semana Nacional de Conciencia Vocacional!

Oren por vocaciones, especialmente por el sacerdocio.

Las Manos de un Sacerdote!

¿Qué hace el sacerdote con estas manos?
Él unge a los enfermos.
Él abraza a los niños.
Él pone las manos sobre los moribundos.
Estas son las manos que se levantan en bendición y se doblan en oración. Estas son las manos que hacen las cosas más ordinarias y terrenales, pero estas son también las manos que marcan la cabeza, los labios y el pecho cuando se proclama el evangelio.
Estas son las manos que flotan sobre el altar llamando el Espíritu Santo.
Estas son las manos que levantan el anfitrión y levantan el cáliz mientras Dios desciende para transformar esta materia de pan y vino en el Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo. Estas manos se extienden en paz y bendición.
Estas manos distribuyen el precioso cuerpo y la sangre de Cristo. Estas manos bendicen al penitente en absolución, pasan las páginas de la liturgia de las horas y sostienen el rosario como la última acción en la noche.

Las manos del sacerdote son el signo del sacerdote–en lo ordinario se ve lo extraordinario. A través de su humanidad, la divinidad de Dios quiere brillar. Este es el misterio del sacramento de la ordenación.
La Santa Iglesia enseña que a través de la ordenación se produce un cambio ontológico en el hombre. Se desbloquea una nueva dimensión para su humanidad. Se abre a convertirse en algo que no era antes. Su ordenación es un don completo y, sin embargo, también un don que debe completarse a través de una vida de dedicación, oración y sacrificio.

Diocese of San Angelo Vocation Office

Have you ever met a young man and thought he would be a good priest? The Vocation Office wants to meet him! Scan this code with your cell phone and share some basic information about the potential candidate. We will make contact and hopefully begin a beautiful conversation and the Lord's will for their life. For more information about the priesthood or religious life, please contact Fr. Ryan Rojo at 325-651-7500. #thinkvocation

As with all God given vocations, a vocation to the single life is a state of life we are called to for our entire life. A vocation to the single life is not a temporary calling. It is important to distinguish a vocation to the single life and simply being single. A vocation to the single life is not common, but is no less significant than a vocation to the married life or religious life. All are called to live their life joined to Christ through Baptism. Accepting the vocation of the single life means choosing to serve God as a celibate member of the laity. Single persons serve the Christian family through acts of love and service in a variety of lay ministries.


Como con todas las vocaciones dadas por Dios, la vocación a la vida soltera es un estado de vida al que estamos llamados para toda nuestra vida. Una vocación a la vida soltera no es una vocación temporal. Es importante distinguir una vocación a la vida soltera y simplemente ser soltera. Una vocación a la vida soltera no es común, pero no es menos significativa que una vocación a la vida matrimonial o a la vida religiosa. Todos están llamados a vivir su vida unidos a Cristo a través del Bautismo. Aceptar la vocación de la vida soltera significa elegir servir a Dios como miembro célibe de los laicos. Las personas solteras sirven a la familia Cristiana a través de actos de amor y servicio en una variedad de ministerios laicos.


A religious vocation is a special gift and call from God that is received in faith and cultivated and discerned in prayer. The formation process allows young men and women to grow and mature in their response to God’s call. It is a special gift that God gives. The Lord prepares, moves and helps those He calls, granting them the graves and talents needed in order to embrace the religious state and persevere in it. Women and men who have professed the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a response to God’s call are named religious. Their call is always a call to be of service to the people of God and a sign of Christ’s love.


Una vocación religiosa es un don especial y una llamada de Dios que se recibe en la fe y se cultiva y se discierne en la oración. El proceso de formación permite a los hombres y mujeres jóvenes crecer y madurar en su respuesta a la llamada de Dios. Es un regalo especial que Dios da. El Señor prepara, mueve y ayuda a aquellos que Él llama, otorgándoles las tumbas y los talentos necesarios para abrazar el estado religioso y perseverar en él. Las mujeres y los hombres que han profesado los votos de pobreza, castidad y obediencia como respuesta al llamado de Dios son nombrados religiosos. Su llamado es siempre un llamado a servir al pueblo de Dios y un signo del amor de Cristo.

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