Mass Guilds

The Shrine honors Saint Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962) as a Patroness for Expectant Mothers.

About Saint Gianna

Saint Gianna was a devoted wife and mother as well as a pediatric surgeon who lived a joy-filled life in Italy.

When she was pregnant with her fourth child she developed a cancerous uterine tumor.  The doctors advised her to terminate the life of her baby or risk possible death herself.  She chose the life of her baby and died a few days after giving birth. Saint Gianna is considered a pro-life saint, and many Shrine pilgrims have benefited from her intercession for conception and for the safe delivery of children.  This guild is especially for expectant mothers, those who wish to be mothers, and physicians.

At her side altar in the Shrine Church, a first-class relic of Saint Gianna is permanently on display for veneration by the faithful, especially those seeking her intercession.

Guild members are remembered in Shrine Masses invoking the intercession of Saint Gianna Molla on the second Monday of each month at 12:15 p.m.  Members are encouraged to attend if possible.

A card can be sent to you upon request so that you may send it to the enrollee.

Painting Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

The Shrine honors Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938) as the Patroness of Divine Mercy.

About Saint Faustina

We look to Saint Faustina as a constant reminder of the message to trust in Jesus’ endless mercy, and to live life mercifully toward others.  We also turn to Saint Faustina in prayer and ask her intercession to our merciful Savior, Our Lord Jesus Christ, on our behalf.  The Divine Mercy Guild is for those seeking the loving Mercy of God, and for all who call upon Saint Faustina’s intercession.

At her side altar in the Shrine Church, a first-class relic of Saint Faustina is permanently on display for veneration by the faithful, especially those seeking her intercession.

Guild Members are remembered in Shrine Masses invoking the intercession of Saint Faustina.  Divine Mercy Guild Masses take place every first Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m.  Members are encouraged to attend if possible.

Learn more about the Divine Mercy painting at the Shrine and about Saint Faustina

A card can be sent to you upon request so that you may send it to the enrollee.

Painting Saint Faustina Divine Mercy

The Shrine honors Saint Peregrine Laziosi (1260-1345), as the patron saint of those suffering from cancer.

About Saint Peregrine

Peregrine was a member of the Order of The Servants of Mary (Servites).  At the age of 60 he was diagnosed with cancer of the leg.  The night before his leg was to be amputated, he experienced a trance-like sleep in which he saw Jesus curing him from the cross.  Upon waking, he discovered that his leg was completely healed.  He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726.

A first-class relic of Saint Peregrine is on display for veneration by the faithful, especially persons suffering from cancer, at a side aisle shrine dedicated to the saint in the Shrine Church.

Members enrolled in the guild receive the benefit of being remembered in a Shrine Masses invoking the intercession of Saint Peregrine.  St. Peregrine Guild Masses take place the first Monday of each month at 12:15 p.m. The enrollee may be living, deceased or the family member of a person suffering from cancer.

Additionally, Join us each year on the first Saturday in May for our Annual St. Peregrine Day of Prayer for those with Cancer in May.

A card can be sent to you upon request so that you may send it to the enrollee.

Prayer to St. Peregrine

Oh great St. Peregrine, you who have been called "The Mighty" and “The Wonder-Worker” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have recourse to you.

For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fiber of our being, and who had the recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more.

You were favored with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of these sick persons whom we entrust to you.

Aided in this way by your powerful intercessions,
we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His goodness and mercy. Amen.

Painting Saint Peregrine Of Laziosi

The Shrine honors Saint Maria Goretti (1890 – 1902) as a patroness of purity, the youth, and forgiveness.

About Saint Maria

Maria Goretti was a young girl who lived in Lazio, Italy. She was known for her loving and kind spirit and complete devotion to God. When she was eleven years old a neighboring boy made inappropriate advances and attempted to assault her.  She courageously stood up to him, protecting her purity, but was stabbed by him during the attack. On her deathbed, the following day, she forgave her attacker. Saint Maria Goretti is a model of chastity and forgiveness.

Saint Maria Goretti is considered a model of mercy and courage.  A young saint, she is a most powerful intercessor for young people today, especially for those struggling to guard their dignity in secular society.

At her side altar in the Shrine Church, a first-class relic of Saint Maria Goretti is permanently on display for veneration by the faithful, especially those seeking her intercession.

Members enrolled in the guild receive the benefit of being remembered in Shrine Masses invoking the intercession of Saint Maria Goretti.  St. Maria Goretti Guild Masses take place every third Monday of each month at 12:15 p.m.

Learn more about Saint Maria Goretti

A card can be sent to you upon request so that you may send it to the enrollee.

Painting St Maria Goretti

Saint José Sánchez del Río

The Youth Guild

Beginning in January 2022, the new patron for the Shrine’s youth guild will be Saint José Sánchez del Río: the 14-year-old youth from Mexico who, for the witness of his Catholic Faith, was imprisoned, tortured and martyred as he shouted out his final words, “¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!”, which means, “Long live Christ the King! Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe!”

Considering that the Church has declared him the patron of children, adolescents, and persecuted Christians, his witness continues to leave a lasting impact throughout America. Dedicating the Shrine’s Youth Guild to the patronage of Saint José Sánchez del Río is just one more mark of his heroic legacy. He is the ideal saint for youth under the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Membership

The Youth Guild of Saint José Sánchez del Río accepts memberships from toddlers to teenagers. Youths are encouraged to register themselves, if possible, yet parents and grandparents may also register children and grandchildren. Registration information is below. Youths who have been members of the Saint Juan Diego Guild for Children are automatically enrolled in the Youth Guild of Saint José Sánchez del Río.

Members of the Youth Guild receive three very important benefits:

    1. On the Feast Day of Saint José Sánchez del Río, February 10, the Shrine will host a special Mass for the youth guild, at the conclusion of which the celebrant will bless guild members with a first-class relic of Saint José Sánchez del Río.
    2. As members are commended to the special intercession of Saint José Sánchez del Río, each guild member receives a medal of the young saint.
    3. Beginning in January 2022, members receive monthly editions of the Shrine’s new youth journal, Full of Grace.

Full of Grace - a New You Journal

The Full of Grace Youth Journal highlights aspects of the Catholic Faith that are inspirational and educational to today’s youths. Each youth journal features the following:

      • a new young saint for each month
      • one of Pope Saint John Paul II’s letters to youth
      • Scripture commentary and catechesis
      • holy cards
      • a new Bible verse to memorize that month
      • daily consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
      • Cardinal Burke and Father Check’s responses to Catholic questions from youths

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Our Lady’s Knights of the Altar is an altar-boys guild at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Read an article appeared in the National Catholic Register.  Click Here to read.

Contact the Friars if you are interested in joining the altar-boys guild at the Shrine or supporting the guild.

Brother Michael, FI, and Our Lady’s Knights of the Altar, with Cardinal Burke following Holy Mass on July 31, 2017.
Brother Michael, FI, and Our Lady’s Knights of the Altar, with Cardinal Burke following Holy Mass on July 31, 2017.

 

The Marian Catechist Mass Guild offers a beautiful alternative to traditional gift giving. Enrollment in the Guild is a gift with supernatural benefits – the grace we all need to grow in holiness! In the words of Servant of God Father John A. Hardon, “We should encourage people to have Masses offered for their own and other people’s intentions. This is our faith. And not just for the deceased but for the living – the living who are suffering, the living who are in need, the living who are estranged from God. There is an extra ordinary special grace for those for whom Masses are offered.” 

 

Who can be enrolled?

Anyone. The person may be living or deceased. He may be a friend or a family member, an acquaintance who is facing difficult times, or even someone with whom we struggle

What are the benefits of enrollment?

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered for enrollees at 12:15 on the first Saturday of each month at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In addition, benefactors of the Marian Catechist Apostolate are remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, usually on the first Saturday of each month.

What kinds of enrollment are available?

There are two kinds of enrollment: In Memory enrollments are perfect for enrolling a person who is deceased. Our Lady of Guadalupe is featured on the front of these cards. In Honor enrollments are perfect for special occasions ( a birthday, graduation, anniversary, retirement, etc.), or simply as an expression of love, gratitude or concern. These cards feature either the Sacred Heart of Jesus or an icon of the Holy Family. The Holy Family card is especially fitting for Christmas.

What is the cost of the cards and enrollment?

The cards are free. Simply send your name, address, and phone number (in case we have questions), along with the type of cards you would like, to the office of the Marian Catechist Apostolate (nationaloffice@mariancatechist.com). Once you receive the cards, use them as needed, and return the filled-out Mass Guild  donation envelope to the Marian Catechist Apostolate (make checks payable to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe). When your donation envelope is received, the person/s you would like to enroll will be enrolled, and we will send you a donation confirmation.