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Sacred Heart Parish and University join to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec.2, 1999 - Santa Clara University and Sacred Heart Parish in San Jose are collaborating again this year on a dramatic liturgical celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Misa Guadalupana will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 2- 4 p.m. in the Mission Church, followed by a reception in the Brass Rail, located in the basement of Benson Memorial Center on the SCU campus. The liturgy will be bilingual and the performance will be in Spanish with English commentary throughout.

Among many Latin Americans and the Roman Catholic community, the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe recalls her appearances on a hillside outside of what is now Mexico City in 1531.

The play, to be staged during a bilingual Mass, has been rewritten and is now titled "Tonatzín del Tepeyac." It will be performed by the Teatro Corazon of Sacred Heart Parish in San Jose.

"Tonatzin" means "most venerable mother," and was the name given to the female goddess of the indigenous people around Mexico City, who then applied it to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The play tells the story of Juan Diego, the man to whom the Lady of Guadalupe appeared. He brought news of the appearance of Our Lady to the local bishop, along with her wish that he build a church for the indigenous people to honor her.

The celebrants will include SCU students and faculty and parishioners of Sacred Heart.

Co-sponsors include: Aramark food service, SCU's Jesuit community, Pastoral Juvenil de la Parraoquia del Sagrado Corazón, Sacred Heart of Jesus parish, and the following departments of the university: admissions, art, Bannan Institute for Jesuit Education and Christian Values, Campus Ministry, Catholic studies, Center for Multicultural Learning, Center of Performing Arts, Comunidad Latina de la Universidad de Santa Clara, Eastside Project, ethnic studies, financial aid, modern languages, pastoral ministries, religious studies and the Program for the Study of Women and Gender.


For more information, contact Laurie Laird, SCU Eastside Project, at 408-554-5013 or, and Ana Maria Pineda, pastoral ministries, at 408-554-6958 or Lulu Santana, campus ministry, at 408-554-4639. For information about Santa Clara University, call Barry Holtzclaw, media relations, 408-554-5126, email or see Photographs and video cameras by the press will be allowed during the theatrical portions of the celebration, with advance permission from SCU media relations.

Barry Holtzclaw
Director of Media Relations
Santa Clara University
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