Annual Guadalupe Pilgrimage

39th Diocesan Pilgrimage and Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe

will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019

Spanish version
a. News report on Our Lady of Guadalupe Diocesan Celebration held on Sunday, December 9, 2018. To watch the video please open the link below.


b. Article on the Stockton Record on Our Lady of Guadalupe Diocesan Celebration on December 9, 2018


My Dear People of God,


As we anticipate the great Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus, I invite you to participate in our annual Diocesan Advent Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This year’s theme is: “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization.”


The Annual Celebration will take place on Sunday, December 9, 2018. Please, join me in the Marian Procession which will leave St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 12 noon and will proceed to the Stockton Arena. The Mass, in honor of Our Lady, will take place at the Arena at 2:15 pm.


Come, let us prepare ourselves for the “Coming of the Lord” this Advent Season, as we acknowledge the Mother of the Lord, the “Star of the New Evangelization.” May the prayers of Our Lady guide us to the One whom she laid in a manger: Jesus, Emmanuel – “God with us!”


In the Peace of Christ,

Bishop Myron J. Cotta


During the last 37 years, the Latino Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Stockton have journeyed together as a diocesan family through the downtown streets of Stockton.


In 1981, the Office of Hispanic Apostolate of the Diocese of Stockton began the tradition of journeying through the downtown streets in a pilgrimage honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe. This was done to commemorate the 450th anniversary of her apparitions to the request of then Bishop of the Diocese, now Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, and under the direction of Rev. Fernando Villalobos, OFM, Episcopal Vicar for the Spanish Speaking.


Every year parish groups unite and work together to participate in the pilgrimage. Most of the parishes depict a theme about the message of hope and dignity of Virgin Mary in a float. Pilgrims sing, pray and dance praising the God of life and in gratitude to Our Lady of Guadalupe for her intercession as a loving mother. More than ten thousand people gather every year to give tribute to her in this pilgrimage.


Most Rev. Donald Montrose, fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Stockton, supported and promoted devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe since his arrival to the Diocese. In 1986 he donated a 6 ft. tall image of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Diocesan Procession. To this date, this is the image that is carried in the procession accompanying the People of the Diocese in their journey toward its encounter with her beloved Son, Jesus Christ.


The pilgrimage culminates with the celebration of the Eucharist at the Stockton Arena.


Since its beginning, this celebration has been a special moment of evangelization. In the Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America, John Paul II in 1999, Our Lady of Guadalupe is invoked as Queen of all America and the Star of the first and new evangelization and is recognized as “an impressive example of a perfectly inculturated evangelization.” (EA # 11)


Today, Most Reverend Stephen E. Blaire and the Office of Hispanic Ministry continue convoking the community to gather and unite in this encuentro of faith. 


All are welcome!


Digna Ramirez-Lopez,
Director, Office of Hispanic Ministry



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