Our Lady of Guadalupe & Latinx Ministries

The first OLG committee was established in 2011 by students seeking to live their faith and culture at Saint Mary’s College. This year the Mission & Ministry Center OLG/Latinx Student Leaders continue our 11 year tradition, partnering with students in Professor Anthony Suarez-Abraham's TRS 137 Our Lady of Guadalupe class, La Hermandad, and the MMC Faith Formation team to bring you the events listed below! 

Our Lady of Guadalupe - Mother of a New Creation | Madre de La Nueva Creación 

November 27-December 2, 2022

OLG week 2022

November 21 - December 2

Library Display

OLG library display

Created by students in TRS 137, this display in the Saint Mary's College Library will show images of and books about Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This will also offer a preview of the festivities during OLG week: November 27 - December 2.

 

SUNDAY

November 27

Service Trip to Food Bank

OLG Week Service Trip 2022 Flyer

Join us for a service trip to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County.

Sign up HERE by Nov 25, and meet at the Chapel Loop at Sunday, Nov 27 at 12:30pm.

Transporation provided! Sponsored by La Hermandad

MONDAY

November 28

Mujerista Human Rosary

 

Human Rosary final flyer

Join TRS 137 students who are hosting this Mujeritsa Human Rosary to share in community and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ Community, especially in light of the most recent senseless attack at Club Q in Colorado. The Catholic Church’s clear doctrine unconditionally condemns violence against LGBTQIA+ people.

Snacks, tea, and hot cocoa provided.

Begins at 7pm in the Intercultural Center (IC).

TUESDAY

November 29

Loteria Night!

Loteria OLG week 2022

Come join the students of TRS 137 who are hosting this game night! Play Loteria, enjoy refreshments, and win prizes! 

Begins at 8pm in the Intercultural Center (IC). 

WEDNESDAY

November 30

OLG Imagery Panel 

Image flyer

Hosted by the Mission & Ministry Center's Faith Formation Team, this panel will feature TRS Professor Anthony Suarez-Abraham who will discuss the significance and symbolism of Our Lady of Guadalupe imagery. He will be joined by students Emily Magallon and Ana Gomez who will share about their personal devotions to Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

Begins at 7pm in Claeys Lounge, in the Soda Center. 

THURSDAY

December 1

Film Screening 

Our People, Our Lady

Enjoy a movie night in Hagerty Lounge, watching Quinceañera, a Sundance award-winning film.

This 7pm screening is hosted by the students of TRS 137, and popcorn & refreshments will be provided. 

FRIDAY

December 2

Procession,

Mass & Fiesta

Dec 2 Flyer final

The week culminates in this annual tradition of a mariachi-led procession around campus, a mass in the Chapel, followed by a fiesta in the Soda Center!

The procession begins at 6:15pm in the Chapel Plaza, and will stop at various places around campus before leading into the Chapel for mass at 7pm. All are invited to follow the mariachi after mass to the Soda Center where everyone will be treated to a fiesta beginning at 8:15pm with a buffet dinner sponsored by the Office of the President and Office of Student Life, a performance by Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano, and finally a live Banda and dancing!

 

 

The feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12th in the Catholic church. However, in our SMC community, we celebrate her early, Sunday, November 27th- Friday, December 2nd this year, allowing us to share our culture and devotion to La Virgen with all in our community before we head into finals week. In addition, we will continue our tradition of a Dia de Los Muertos ofrenda in late October/early November. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe is revered and recognized all over Latin America. In 1531, ten years after the defeat of the Aztec empire in Mexico by the Spanish, Our Lady made an appearance to an indigenous peasant, Juan Diego, on the hill of Tepeyac. In the language of the natives, Nahuatl, La Virgen shared her desire for a church to be built so that she can show and bestow her love, compassion, help, and protection to all who call upon her and confide in her. 

La Virgen has been part of the Mexican identity for almost 500 years, she represents our ancestors; she represents us. She has been the source of hope for the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized. That is why believers and non-believers hold a special place for her in their hearts.

We will have a series of week-long opportunities to honor and celebrate La Virgen. Ending the week with a traditional procession with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Mass and fiesta. Our hope is to share with you all our Latinx expression through food, dance, thought, culture, spirituality, and faith. 

Interested in volunteering? Please contact us! 

In gratitude,

Brianna Gonzalez (blg8) and Anthony Campos (arc7), OLG/Latinx Student Leaders of the Mission & Ministry Center

Dia de Los Muertos 2021

Loteria

OLG Fiesta