On the night of Saturday Dec 11, hundreds of faithful Mexicans from East Harlem gathered togethered at St. Paul’s Church to celebrate the Mañanitas with traditional Mariachi music, the Holy Rosary, a Litany to Our Lady, and Midnight Mass.

The following morning, Sunday Dec 12, the 10:30am Mass was followed with a fiesta in the hall downstairs complete with traditional Mexican dances, music and food.

Reception into the “Archicofradía Universal de Santa María de Guadalupe”
A unique part of the celebration came when a number of parishioners and three of us sisters were received as official members of the “Archicofradía Universal de Santa María de Guadalupe” (the “Universal Archconfraternity of Holy Mary of Guadalupe”), a group founded in the 16th century in the Basilica of Guadalupe which received papal recognition and approval by Pope Leo XIII in the 19th century. Members of this archconfraternity commit themselves to promoting devotion to Our Lady, under the advocation of “Guadalupe” and to the practice of works of charity. Members also have certain prayer obligations and share in the spiritual goods of the Archconfraternity. We received certificates and medals of Our Lady and our names were added to the official book of members in the Shrine of Guadalupe! Viva La Virgen!

Here is a photo from the feast at the Church of St. Jerome in the Bronx where Sr. Auxiliadora teaches in the parish elementary school.

Mother Lumen Christi, SSVM and the Convent Community “St. Rose Philippine Duchesne”
East Harlem, New York