The Virgin Mary is depicted in this painting titled “Our Lady of Guadalupe” by an unnamed artist from the Catholic.org website. St. Teresa’s Catholic Church will host this year’s “Our Lady of Guadalupe” feast on Saturday.
ALBANY, Ga. — St. Teresa’s Catholic Church will host this year’s annual “Our Lady of Guadalupe” feast Saturday evening, organizers say.
Olga Soltero, a parishioner at St. Teresa’s, said Tuesday that the festivities will begin at 7 p.m. at the church and that those wishing to attend can show up or bring a dish they’d like to share with others.
“It’s a traditional holiday for some in the Hispanic culture,” Soltero said. “It’s a feast, and it’s an opportunity for worship and fellowship.”
The night will feature St. Teresa’s youth, who will perform a short play, and performances from a dance group based in Alabama, she said.
At 10 p.m., traditional mass will begin. At 11 p.m., the feast will begin, accompanied by traditional mariachi music.
According to Catholic history, the “Our Lady of Guadalupe” feast is the annual recognition of a period in the early portion of the 16th century when the church had problems converting Mexican people to Christianity.
“Then in 1531 miracles began to happen. Jesus’ own mother appeared to humble Juan Diego. The signs — of the roses, of the uncle miraculously cured of a deadly illness, and especially of her beautiful image on Juan’s mantle — convinced the people there was something to be considered in Christianity. Within a short time, six million Native Mexicans were baptized as Christians,” the website Catholic.org explains.