Father Gonzalo Oajaca-Lopez, Resurrection pastor, and Bishop Robert Brennan process at the beginning of Mass.
Deacon Luis Roberto Polanco proclaims the Gospel
Bishop Brennan delivers his homily.
A member of the choir plays the violin.
A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is displayed near the sanctuary.
A young woman holds a U.S. flag during the Mass.
People recite the Lord's Prayer.
A woman uses a cell phone to record video of the service.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, portrayed by Vilma Galdamez, appears to St. Juan Diego, portrayed by Issal Munoz Ortega.
St. Juan Diego (Issal Munez Ortega) shows his tilma to Mexican Bishop Juan de Zumarraga, portrayed by Bishop Brennan.
A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried in procession following the Mass.
Mariachi band member Jose Lopez plays the trumpet in the procession.
Father Oajaca-Lopez imparts a blessing after the procession arrives in the church hall.
Text and photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
More than 500 people packed Resurrection Church in Farmingville Tuesday night, Dec. 12, for a Spanish-language Mass celebrated in observance of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. Auxiliary Bishop Robert Brennan was the principal celebrant and homilist at the liturgy. The service included a re-enactment by parishioners of Mary’s miraculous appearance to St. Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531. Following the Mass, a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was carried in procession outside the church as the faithful followed and a Mariachi band played Spanish songs. The evening concluded with a party, featuring Latin-American food and music, in the church basement.