It has been a challenging but wonderful semester. Classes, papers and exams are now complete and it is time for a little relaxation.
I drove to St. Mary’s, Kansas last Friday to visit an old friend, Fr. Dave Imming (retired). He was my pastor when I was in Enid, OK many years ago. It was good to spend time with him. My travels have taken me to Dodge City, KS where I am at my sister’s home with her and her family. After this it will be back to my hometown of Okeene, OK for a day or so before heading back to Tulsa for the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
Today, December 12, is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I was blessed to visit the shrine in Mexico City this summer. Here is a picture of the image of Our Lady that she miraculously inscribed on Juan Diego’s cloak.
Lat night I attended the beginning festivities for the feast day celebration at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City. There was about 5 hours of native Mexican dancing and music before Mass, and then 2 hours of music after Mass. There was also a procession carrying a torch from many miles away, in the cold, to the Cathedral. Here is a picture that of some of the dancers.
It was quite a joyous time, and the celebration continues today into the night. I am very appreciative of how the Latino people work very hard to keep their traditions alive, while also working hard to fit into a new culture here in America.
I pray that you have a Blessed Advent Season, a Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year! If you are in Tulsa for New Year’s Eve, my group is playing at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church for a dance/celebration for the bringing in of 2007. You might have to call for reservations (call Virginia at 918.299.9406), but all are welcome. It looks to be a fun time!