The missionary image is a faithful replica of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe enshrined in its basilica in Mexico City. The image was a gift from the Catholics and bishops of Mexico to the Catholic Church in America. The image has traveled to all 50 states and several foreign countries.
The image is a part of a miracle which dates back to 1531. In that year, the Virgin appeared to a humble Mexican peasant named Juan Diego and she left behind a miraculous image of her appearance on the back of his cloak. She had come to offer hope and consolation to the oppressed and in the 17 years following her appearance, she put an end to human sacrifice of the Aztecs through conversion of some nine million Indains. The fabric of the cloak was made of a coarse fabric derived from the cactus plant and was not man made. It had been expected to last for no more than 20 years, but is now 460 years old.
She is the patroness of the unborn. It is because when the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico, she appears as the pregnant Virgin Mary. She is also the Queen of the Americas.
The image will be at the following locations starting August 15. All are welcome.
Saturday, August 15
Mass 4 p.m. Perpetual Adoration all night Sacred Heart Church, Dent
Sunday, August 16
8 a.m. Mass Sacred Heart Church, Dent
10:30 a.m. Mass Our Lady of the Lake, Battle Lake
Monday, August 17
8 a.m. Mass St. Joseph's, Bertha
2-5 p.m. Perham Memorial Nursing Home
Tuesday, August 18
Perpetual Adoration St. Henry's, in Perham, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19
9 a.m. Mass St. James, Maine
Thursday, August 20
8:30 Mass St. Edwards, Henning
Friday, August 21
8:30 Mass St. Lawrence, Rush Lake
Saturday, August 22
4:30 p.m. Mass Our Lady of Victory, Fergus Falls
7-10 p.m. Perpetual Adoration St. Leonard's, Pelican Rapids
Sunday, August 23
8:30 a.m. Mass St. Stan's, Perham
10 a.m. Mass St. Henry's, Perham