Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dulce Nombre parish celebration

Last Sunday, September 8th, the feast of the Nativity of Mary, the parish of Dulce Nombre de María celebrated its feast day.

For many years, the parish has celebrated September 8 as its feast, although the actual feast of the Holy Name of Mary is on September 12.

There was an early morning musical celebration – to wake everyone up – at about 6:00 am. I didn’t make it this year since my car had a major problem on Saturday which I got fixed by about 4:30 pm. But I decided to stay in Santa Rosa and leave in the morning.

I got to the church at about 8:00 am and walked with Padre German and others to the edge of town to begin the procession.

About 300 people walked in the procession together with cars with the images of Mary from six of the parish’s churches: Concepción, Candelaria, Plan Grande, Dolores, San Agustin, and Dulce Nombre. The floats were decorated with flowers, balloons, and more.

Our Lady of Suyapa from Plan Grande

Our Lady of Candelaria

Mary, the good shepherdess, from San Agustín

Walking in from Dolores with the Virgin of Sorrows

Mary, Music of God, from Dulce Nombre
A band from Santa Rosa played during the procession.

When we got to the church, we gathered around the front of the church and there were two dance groups: children from Dulce Nombre and young people from San Agustín.

Mass began with the entry of several of the statues into the church.

During the Prayer of the Faithful Padre German offered a special prayer of the sister parish of St. Thomas Aquinas in Ames, Iowa. 

During the offertory procession, a little girl brought up a rosary.

At the end of Mass, prayer cards with an image of a Dulce Nombre parish statue, were provided as the people left the church.

Marco Tulio distributing the holy cards

It was a great day to celebrate the gift of this parish.


More photos of the day can be found in my Dulce Nombre Feast 2013 photo set here.

1 comment:

Charles said...

Great photos, as always.