We are the
Serving the people of Northern Nevada
The Catholic community in Northern Nevada lives a common faith
in Jesus Christ through baptism.
We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to:
proclaim the good news of God's love for all
celebrate in word and sacrament
serve our church, neighbors and world
December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe),
This feast marks the appearance of the Virgin Mary to a local native in Mexico, which started on December 9, 1531. Juan Diego saw the apparition on a hill near Mexico City. She spoke to him in Nahuatl, the local language and asked for a church to built at the site in her honor. Juan Diego went to the Spanish Archbishop with the message, but he was wary and told Juan to ask the lady for a miracle. The first miracle was the healing of Juan's uncle. The second and more famous, is that she told Juan to collect some flowers that were blooming on top of the hill (remember, it is December). Juan found roses blooming, roses not native to Mexico but from Spain. Juan collected them in his cloak, called a tilma, and presented them to the Bishop on December 12. When he opened up his flowers, the image of Guadalupe was imprinted on his tilma. The tilma is revered at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. This shrine is the most visited Marian Shrine in the world.