On December 12th students in first and second grades were able to participate in Ministry Monday, a fellowship and learning opportunity that occurs during lunch recess. Since it was the Feast Day of the Lady of Guadalupe, students listened as they were told the story of Juan Diego and Our Lady.
Juan Diego was a poor humble Aztec Indian who had recently converted to the Catholic faith. Our Lady appeared to him and asked him to go to the Bishop and tell him to build a church. Juan Diego did just that, but the Bishop asked for a sign. So, on December 12th, she showed Juan Diego where the most beautiful roses were and told him to gather them. After he did so, she helped him arrange them in his tilma, or poncho, and told him to show it to the Bishop.
When he brought them to the Bishop, the Bishop was amazed at the roses, but even more amazed at what began to happen to Juan Diego’s tilma. Right before their very eyes, the image of Our Lady began to form on the cloth. The picture of Mary was so beautiful and the Bishop fell to his knees. He had the church built at her request.
The tilma is still intact after 470 years. The colors have not faded and the cloth has not deteriorated.
The students who attended Ministry Monday created their own tilmas depicting the image of Our Lady and the roses. They are pictured below wearing their creations.