Last Saturday, December 6, we had the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage and Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (held in advance of the actual Feast of Dec .12). I was thrilled with the turnout, as thousands of parishioners from all over our diocese converged on the parish of St. Louis Bertrand for the start of the march. I blessed all the parish floats, musicians, choirs, and folk dancing groups. We walked straight down International Boulevard all the way to the Cathedral of Christ the Light. It took five hours!
The cathedral was filled to overflowing for Mass in honor of Our Lady, with the plaza outside and the downstairs conference center also full of participants. In these days when there are protests and violence and destruction, it was beautiful to have a pilgrimage walk in honor of the Queen of Peace. I am proud of our strong Latino community in the Diocese of Oakland. May the Blessed Virgin, who appeared to St. Juan Diego at Tepeyac, intercede for all of us.
Thank you to Raúl Ayrala/The Catholic Voice for the photos and video clip.
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