The diocesan offices of Respect Life and Social Justice Ministry will co-sponsor a special Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 342 Vine St., Syracuse, Dec. 12 to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of both the unborn and of the Americas, making her feast day the perfect opportunity to unite the Catholic messages of respect for life and justice for immigrants under the banner of “welcoming the stranger,” according to Mass organizers Lisa Hall, director of the Respect Life Office, and Paul Welch, director of the Social Justice Ministry Office.
“The stranger can be the unborn; the stranger can be a mother facing an unplanned pregnancy; the stranger can be the person coming to this land who has no resources, no language that he is familiar with, no place to call home,” Hall said. That message is particularly fitting during the Advent season, Hall added, a time of “welcoming Jesus, welcoming Mary and Joseph who were the strangers coming into a town where they could not find welcome. We need to be a people of welcome.”
The Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. in both English and Spanish by Father James Schultz, parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Church in Cicero. Reconciliation, also in English and Spanish, will be available at 5:30 p.m. A free dinner featuring Hispanic dishes will be offered following the Mass. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Dec. 9 to Hall at email@example.com or Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Katherine Long, Sun editor)