On Saturday, July 8 at 8 a.m. PST (10 a.m. CST), Archbishop José H. Gomez presided over a Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City for the first Archdiocesan pilgrimage with the Archbishop to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

During the Mass, the Archbishop presented hundreds of prayer requests for the intercession of Our Lady Guadalupe collected at a Mass recognizing the contributions of all immigrants in the U.S. and on

“I am really looking forward to this time of prayer and devotion so we can show our love for Our Blessed Mother,” said Archbishop Gomez. “I will be carrying with me and offering the prayers of the whole family of God and especially the prayers that we all have for our families on both sides of the borders. Let’s ask the Virgin to go with us and guide and help us to grow in our love for God and our brothers and sisters.”

One hundred and two pilgrims of the Archdiocese are making the journey to the Shrine that houses the original tilma (or cloak) of St. Juan Diego, which holds the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that appeared in 1531. For nearly 500 years, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been the symbol of hope, peace and love, uniting peoples around the world as one family of God. The Basilica at Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world.

Prayer requests will continue to be collected at and presented during the next Archdiocesan pilgrimage Mass at the Basilica on July 7, 2018.