Celebrations begin this weekend for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas. This year the feast day falls on Monday, Dec.12, and Catholics throughout the Rio Grande Valley will celebrate with Masses, processions, midnight vigils, maņanitas and plays honoring the Virgin Mary.

Catholics from Raymondville, Harlingen and La Feria will gather in Raymondville on Sunday, Dec. 11. The procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe will start in Sebastian, Texas around 2:30 p.m. and will conclude with a celebration of the Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. presided over by Bishop Daniel E. Flores at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Raymondville.

Bishop Flores will also celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Brownsville at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. Before the Mass, a procession will start at 6 p.m. from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was chosen by bishops of the United States to be a part of the Calendar for U.S. dioceses in 1971. The feast day commemorates the apparition of the Virgin Mary to the Indian Juan Diego, at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City in December, 1531, 10 years after the conquest of Mexico by Spain.

Parish Advent Schedules are available on the Diocese of Brownsville website - www.cdob.org.