The Guadalupana Society was founded in 1953 and organized by Mexican-American Catholic women to provide leadership in social concerns, perform works of charity, and foster female development and leadership in the Catholic Church. The society is dedicated to spreading the love of our Lord Jesus Christ through his mother the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe.

The society promotes: (1) development of Christian life in its members through prayer and hospitality, (2) love and devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe, and (3) service to the church and community.

MONTHLY MEETINGS
The Guadalupanas meet the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Braden Keller Center. Please refer to the church bulletin for updated information. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact the rectory or one of the Officers below for more information.

FUNDRAISER
The Guadalupana Society sells breakfast tacos once a month as a fundraiser. This fundraiser provides the opportunity to award at least five High School Seniors with a scholarship in the amount of $200. This is granted to current church members of St. Louis Church and who also actively assist in the community/church organizations. Look in the church bulletin for current dates and times for the breakfast taco sales.

ACTIVITIES

• High School Senior Scholarships are awarded at the end of each school year.

• Assist with the annual St. Louis Day Festival.

• Organize and fund Feast Day of the Virgin de Guadalupe.

• Pray the Rosary, as requested by family members, for those suffering an illness.

• Charitable donation(s) for those in dire need.

Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Every year the society honors the Our Lady of Guadalupe by hosting a special Mass on her Feast Day, which is December 12th. The feast day includes La Serenata ala Virgen Morena (the Sere-nade of the Brown Virgin) in the morning, Evening Mass which includes a reenactment of the appearance of the Virgen de Guadalupe to Juan Diego and Matachines (religious indio-hispanic dancers). Following the mass is a complimentary tamale dinner, more dancing by the Matachines and time for fellowship.

History of Our Lady of Guadalupe
In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a humble Native American Juan Diego at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City. She identified herself as the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth. She made a request to Juan Diego for a church to be built on the site, and submitted her wish through Juan Diego to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated, and requested her for a sign, the Mother of God obeyed without delay or question to the Church's local Bishop, and sent her native messenger to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assortment of roses for the Bishop.

After complying to the Bishop's request for a sign, She also left for us an image of herself imprinted miraculously on the native's tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 479 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin. It apparently even reflects in Her eyes what was in front of her in 1531. Her message of love and compassion, and her universal promise of help and protection to all mankind, as well as the story of the apparitions, are described in the "Nican Mopohua", a 16th century document written in the native Nahuatl language.There is reason to believe that at Tepeyac, Mary came in her glorified body, and her actual physical hands rearranged the roses in Juan Diego’s tilma, which makes this apparition very special. An incredible list of miracles, cures and interventions are attributed to Her. Yearly, between 18 - 20 million pilgrims visit the Basilica, making it Christianity's most visited sanctuary. Altogether 25 popes have officially honored Our Lady of Guadalupe. His Holiness John Paul II visited her Sanctuary four times: on his first apostolic trip outside Rome as Pope in 1979, and again in 1990, 1999 and 2002.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12th. In 1999, Pope John Paul II, in his hom-ily from the Solemn Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, during his third visit to the sanctuary, declared the date of December the 12th as a Liturgical Holy Day for the whole continent. During the same visit Pope John Paul II entrusted the cause of life to her loving protection, and placed under her motherly care the innocent lives of children, especially those who are in danger of not being born.