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December 9, 2011


The Cathedral will be filled with song and roses

The Hispanic Community of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will gather in anticipation of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th) to celebrate Las Maņanitas -a serenading of Our Lady on the vigil of her feast day - followed by Mass. The main celebrant and homilist will be Monsignor Hugh Shields, Pastor of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (South Philadelphia).

Sunday, December 11, 2011
9:00 p.m. Mass (full schedule below)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Faithful from several parishes in the city of Philadelphia will process to the Cathedral on foot. Pilgrims from Visitation B.V.M Parish, Saint Michael Parish, and Saint Peter the Apostle Parish are expected to process from North Philadelphia to the Cathedral.

Parishioners from Saint Thomas Aquinas and Annunciation B.V.M. in South Philadelphia will gather at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, located on 1719 Morris Street, Philadelphia 19145.

6:00 p.m.: Rosary at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish
7:00 p.m.: Procession from Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish to the Cathedral
8:00 p.m.: Arrival at the Cathedral and Maņanitas (serenading by mariachi and the faithful)
9:00 p.m.: Mass with Mariachi Music

The celebration will conclude with an indoor procession in the Cathedral and a presentation of roses to Our Lady of Guadalupe. All are invited to attend.

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Editor's Note: For more information, including routes for the processions, please contact the Office for Hispanic Catholics at 215-667-2820.

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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