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Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe visiting San Antonio

The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be visiting parishes from June 22 through July 8.
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On April 12, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a statement on religious liberty warning all Catholics in America that our basic religious freedoms are under “direct and frontal attack.” The bishops are calling for all Catholic communities to join together this summer across the nation for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” for prayer, study, catechesis and public action to emphasize “our Christian and American heritage of liberty.” This special period runs through July 4, Independence Day.

The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is coming to San Antonio. This missionary image is an exact replica blessed and touched to the miraculous tilma that remains intact at the Basilica and Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Mexico City after 480 years since our Blessed Mother’s appearance to St. Juan Diego in 1531 A.D. Our Lady brought nine million souls who worshipped false gods in the Americas of the 16th century into the Catholic faith within 10 years.

Our Blessed Mother’s presence will enrich and magnify petitions united in prayer during the Fortnight for Freedom to beseech her to console her children today as she had done in Tepeyac when she promised to “hear their weeping and their sorrows, and remedy and alleviate their sufferings, necessities and misfortunes.”

“Listen, put it into your heart my dearest son, that the thing that frightened you is nothing. Do not let it disturb you ... Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, here in the crossing of my arms? Do you need something more?” (Message of the Prefect Virgin, Holy Mary of Guadalupe to Juan Diego, Nican Mopohua, 118-119)

From June 22 through June 28 the image visited the Shrine of St. Padre Pio, St. Joseph Church downtown, San Fernando Cathedral, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, St. Mary Magdalen Church, the Oblate Madonna Residence, Padua Place, Mission San José, St. Paul Church, St. John Neumann Church, Whole Women’s Health and Planned Parenthood.

For information about the schedule of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s visit in San Antonio, contact the Texas Leadership Coalition at (210) 771-5757 or e-mail them at missionaryimage@gmail.com.

Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe upcoming visit schedule

• Thursday, June 28 — Marianistas/Holy Family — 1-3 p.m.

— Holy Name Church, 3814 Nash Boulevard — 5-8 p.m.

• Friday, June 29 — St. Dominic Church, 5919 Ingram Road — 7-9 p.m.

• Saturday, June 30 — Planned Parenthood, 104 Babcock Road — 7-11:30 a.m.

— Christ the King Church, 2623 Perez Street — 1-8 p.m.

• Sunday, July 1 — Church of the Holy Spirit, 758 West Ramsey — 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

• Monday, July 2 — Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1321 El Paso Street — 6-9 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 3 — Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 13715 Riggs Road in Helotes — To be determined

• Thursday, July 5 — Our Lady of the Atonement Church, 15415 Red Robin Road — 7-11:30 a.m.
— Holy Trinity Church, 20523 Huebner Road — 1-9 p.m.

• Friday, July 6 — St. Monica Church, 501 North Street in Converse — 5:30-10 p.m.

• Saturday, July 7 — Planned Parenthood, 104 Babcock Road — 7-11:30 a.m.
— St. Cecilia Church, 125 West Whittier Street — 5-8 p.m.

• Sunday, July 8 — Our Lady of Corpus Christi Church, 1200 Lantana in Corpus Christi — 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

 



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