THOUSANDS OF CATHOLICS EXPECTED TO MAKE
ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE IN HONOR OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
On Tuesday, December 12, the Diocese of Brooklyn will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, in Prospect Heights, followed by the traditional torch walk to 43 Catholic churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
The day’s events begin at 10 a.m. with Catechesis. At noon, Mass will be celebrated in Spanish by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, and concelebrated by 25 priests as well as Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, who will deliver the homily.
Following Mass, at 1:30 pm, Bishop DiMarzio will bless and light the 43 torches of the faithful. At 1:45 pm, 2,000 participants are expected to depart and make their pilgrimage to participating parishes. There are five routes, three will end in Queens, and two will terminate in Brooklyn. The complete routes are pictured below.
The group of pilgrims represents, in its vast majority, the Mexican-Catholic population of Brooklyn and Queens. According to the 2015 National Census, there are nearly 200,000 Mexicans living in Brooklyn and Queens.