Every Wednesday the entire St. Rita Community comes together to celebrate mass in the beautiful St. Rita Shrine Chapel, but last Wednesday's service was something special as the community celebrated Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The mass, which was celebrated by St. Rita Head of School Fr. Paul Galetto, featured a mariachi band and readings and songs done in the Spanish language. The band captivated the St. Rita student body throughout the mass and afterwards as they played traditional Catholic hymns. Readings were done by St. Rita students in the Spanish language as the goal of the day was to expose the entire student body to some of the traditions of the Spanish Catholic community. With almost 20% of the St. Rita student body of Mexican descent, the celebration continued the theme of exposing the St. Rita students to different cultures.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The basilica is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world's third most-visited sacred site according to Wikipedia. Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day is celebrated every December 12th, and the St. Rita Shrine Chapel includes a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is located in the back of the chapel.
At the conclusion of Wednesday's mass, the St. Rita Spanish Club, led by Spanish teachers Colleen Earley and Socorro Yanez, handed out treat bags containing Mexican candy and cookies to the entire student body.