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December 18, 2023

What a feast!

Fr. Henry Nguyen, SCJ, shares his experience of being a part of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at our OLG parish in Houston where prayer and celebration filled the parish grounds and surrounding streets for two days. Fr. Henry writes:

“During my first year in formation I was able to experience a ‘Las Mañanitas’ in Chicago, which is an event that starts at dawn on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It was my first taste of a feast day of Our Lady and I loved the energy, the people, the music, and the beautiful clothing.

“Eight years later, I had the opportunity to experience the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a priest, in Houston. I am glad that I arrived Sunday night as I was not prepared for what was to come. I got a sneak peek at the church and saw the beautiful decorations of roses and lights that illuminated the mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Little did I know that the flowers that were in the church were only the beginning…

“It was such a beautiful witness to see thousands of people on our church grounds, to fill up the plaza, and to be, simply in the moment…

“Every experience that I have had so far at OLG has been a great experience; it is the reason why I keep coming back. The staff of the parish and school, the parishioners –– they are so welcoming. They really embody their motto of ‘Nuestra Casa es Su Casa.’”

Click here to read Fr. Henry’s full reflection.


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