Click here to view a slideshow of the Mariachi Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
Once again the sounds of violas and guitars could be heard when Mariachi Azteca de Sol from Tucson performed its annual Mariachi Mass on Sunday June 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.
Father Patrick Mower celebrated the Mass as more than 100 people attended the second annual gathering, which is held the day after the “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada & Car Show” on the grounds of the church.
Mariachi Azteca de Sol performed outside, welcoming the faithful to the church, and then performed during the services and again outside to conclude the event.
New this year was a second performance to follow at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church on Route 66.
Thank you to supporters who donated funds to bring the Mariachi Mass to Flagstaff.
Click here to view a slideshow of the Posole / Menudo breakfast
The aroma of posole and menudo filled the air when Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces presented its second annual breakfast following the Mariachi Mass on Sunday, June 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.
Money raised during the breakfast will be used in the group’s Cultural Heritage Fund, which includes the renovation of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center, aka “The Basement.”
Within the past two years the center has undergone a significant make-over including new drywall, painting, the addition of a mural celebrating the installation of the Our Lady of Guadalupe wooden statue, which was once localed in the old Catholic school in Plaza Vieja, and the initial installation of historical photos featuring the history of the church.
Future plans include installation of historical vestments and chalices, new flooring and new lighting.
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces has sought to work with groups within the Catholic Parish to breath new life to the historical site, which became a chapel following the construction of the San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church on Route 66, which resulted in the consolidation of three former church sites in the city.
Those efforts have resulted in annual Mariachi Masses at Our Lady of Guadalupe, the annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada & Car Show,” the lighting of luminaries at both Our Lady of Guadalupe and the lane leading up to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church and the annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe dinner at the center on Dec. 12.
Thanks to community members, volunteers and supports of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces for making those efforts successful.
Come back to view more photos from “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada 2015″
Several hundred visitors flocked to the parking lot of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to attend the second annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada” fiesta on Saturday, June 27.
The Tardeada, a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history, drew even a larger crowd than the 500 visitors who attended the 2014 event.
The church is a significant site because it was the pride and centerpiece of the Hispanic community when it was built in the late 1920s by Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer families, who had strong bonds to the church.
The entertainment stage featured Ballet Folklorico de Colores – Flagstaff; dance music presented by Grupo Fierro of Tucson; Desierto de Colores Ballet Folklorico de Holbrook; Flagstaff Artists Unidos featuring Alena Chavez, Monico Nunez, Steve Carrillo and Tim Valdez; Compania de Danza Folklorica Arizona from Tucson and the showcase group, Mariachi Sol Azteca from Tucson.
Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces extends its heartfelt thanks to the record number of sponsors to who came out to support this year’s Tardeada.
Artist Vangie Rodriguez led students during a Cinco de Mayo-inspired art class held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church & Cultural Arts Center on Friday, May 1. The next “Paint & Wine in the Pines” is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 5. Click here or here to get the latest information.