Parents and parishioners beamed with pride as they watched children of Saint Joseph of Cupertino School and Parish perform a dramatic reenactment of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas, at a special Mass on December 8. Bishop Oscar Cantu was the main celebrant and was joined by several other priests at the altar.
Mariqueta Churchill, St. Joseph parishioner of 60 years, started this annual celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe 32 years ago; for this reason, Father Greg Kimm, Pastor of St. Joseph, calls her “the Apostle of Our Lady of Guadalupe.” Inspired by various Aztec dancers’ performance for Our Lady at the Basilica in Mexico City, Mrs. Churchill decided to bring a similar celebration to her own parish.
Under the direction of Mercedes Spinelli, St. Joseph parishioner of 24 years and a dance teacher and choreographer, the children used their beautiful performance to bring those in attendance closer to Mary. Father Paul Soukup from Santa Clara University, who has been part of this celebration from its beginning, once again narrated the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, while Claudia Tavera, St. Joseph School Spanish teacher, assisted everyone along the way.
All are invited to join in next year’s celebration, when the Saint Joseph of Cupertino community will once again honor Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe through the drama and dance of its children.