- Cullman, Alabama

December 18, 2013

Sacred Heart Church's Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

CULLMAN — Hispanic members of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Cullman enter church dressed in ceremonial garments of their native homeland and carrying mosaics of their patroness, Our Lady of Guadalupe. The annual celebration each December highlights Hispanic devotion to the Mother of Jesus and consists of devotional prayers and family festivities dating back centuries. The evening began with the blessing of cars followed by the traditional procession through town bearing the statue of Our Lady of Guadulape to the church.

Birmingham Diocesan Bishop Robert J. Baker celebrated the bilingual Mass and attended the dinner gathering after services. Dancers from both Birmingham and Cullman, costumed in handmade ceremonial outfits, recreated the classic battle between good and evil during the dance “Danza Guadalupana de St. Francis Xavier.”

Padre José Guillermo Aristizabal serves the church community as Hispanic vicar and everyone is welcome to attend services at Sacred Heart of Jesus.