Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Atlanta Hosts Image Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Published March 4, 2004

For the first time since 1994, an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will travel to parishes, homes and abortion mills in the Atlanta area.

The image is one of four life-size copies made from the original supernatural picture in Mexico to journey around the world on a peace mission. It is believed that all four replicas have brought conversions, healings, elimination of abortions and miracles.

The last time one of the images visited Atlanta was in 1994, when Archbishop John F. Donoghue consecrated the entire archdiocese to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

In 1531, Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill in present-day Mexico City. She asked him to build a church on the spot where she stood and sent him to the bishop to make her request known.

However, the bishop, skeptical of Juan Diego’s claim, asked him for proof. When Juan Diego made his way again to the top of the hill, there he found brilliant Castillian roses blooming in spite of the cold. Juan Diego dutifully gathered up the roses in his tilma, or poncho, to take to the bishop.

In the bishop’s presence, he opened his tilma, and as the roses cascaded to floor, an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared on his cloak, just as Juan Diego had described her—a young woman with the features of a mestiza, a mixture of Spanish and Indian blood. All around her are shafts of light in rainbow colors, bathing the stone, earth and plants around her.

In two weeks the church was built. Today the image continued to inspire awe in those who contemplate it.

The following are dates and locations to see the replicated image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Christ Our Hope Church, Lithonia, March 12, 7 p.m. Archbishop John F. Donoghue will celebrate Mass. All night adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and veneration of the image will follow.

St. Patrick’s Church, Norcross. The image will be on display after the 5 p.m. Spanish Mass on March 13 and after the Sunday 9 and 11:30 a.m. Masses on March 14.

Visitation Monastery, Snellville, March 14. Veneration of the image and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place during the afternoon. The image will also be on display during the 8 a.m. Mass on March 15.

St. Pius X High School, Atlanta, March 16. Archbishop Donoghue will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. with veneration following.

St. Stephen the Martyr Church, Lilburn, March 16. Veneration will follow a holy hour from 7-9 p.m.

Gift of Grace House, Atlanta, March 17. Veneration will take place all day with a holy hour at 6 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School, March 18. Morning veneration and Mass at 8 a.m.

Surgi Center Abortion Clinic, Midtown Atlanta, March 12, March 19, March 26 from 7-8 a.m.

Christ Our Hope Church, Lithonia, March 19. Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. Mass at 6:45 p.m. Veneration all day also on March 20 with sacrament of reconciliation available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mass at 5:30 p.m.

DeKalb Gynecology Associates Abortion Site, March 20, March 27, 7-8 a.m.

Corpus Christi Church, Stone Mountain, March 21. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and veneration of the image begin at midnight until the 5 p.m. Mass. There is also a 1 p.m. Spanish Mass.

Pinecrest Academy, Cumming, March 22. The image will be on display during the 7 a.m. Mass. Veneration will follow for the rest of the day.

St. Marguerite D’Youville Church, Lawrenceville, March 23. Procession and rosary at 6 p.m. Mass at 7 p.m. followed by anointing of the sick.

St. Oliver Plunkett, Snellville, March 24. Rosary at 6 p.m. Penance service and veneration until 9 p.m.

Life Care Nursing Home, Lilburn, March 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

St. John Neuman Church, Lilburn, March 25. Holy hour begins at 8 p.m. with veneration following.

Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Decatur, March 26. Veneration during the afternoon, and on March 27, veneration all day.

Cathedral of Christ the King, March 28. All day veneration with rosary and Benediction, 3 p.m. Veneration after 7:30 p.m. Mass.