GLENCOE - On Sunday, Dec. 9, Bishop LeVoir and the Latino community of St. Pius X in Glencoe celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As the traditional Spanish Mass began, parishioners congregated at the back of church with the bishop and the parish pastor, Fr. Anthony Stubeda. A group of dancers – known as the matachines – led the procession up the aisle. Adorned in velvet and silk fabric that included an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe along with hundreds of noise-making shells, the matachines danced down the center aisle to the beat of a large drum. Some faithful who came to worship carried flowers to be placed in front of a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
HUTCHINSON - On Sunday, Dec. 9, Bishop John M. LeVoir led the annual Advent Prayer Service, a special time for people of the diocese to gather to pray and focus on Advent in preparation for the birth of Jesus. This year the Church of St. Anastasia in Hutchinson hosted the event. Families, especially with young children, were encouraged to bring the baby Jesus figure from their home nativity set to be individually blessed by the bishop. In keeping with the Advent season, a “swaddling clothes” collection was taken for babies in need.