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.