Special day for Catholics

Thousands of Virgin of Guadalupe faithful are ready to honor her on Sunday (Dec. 6) when they take part in one of the biggest processions celebrated in Stockton since 1981.

The festive Mexican religious day, which is normally celebrated on December 12, pays homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe who appeared before the Mexican indigenous Juan Diego on top of the Tepeyac hill more than four centuries ago.

With love and devotion for the Our Lady of Guadalupe, dozens of local churches from San Joaquín and Stanislaus counties will participate in the annual event in downtown Stockton. Last year over 12,000 followers took part.

The event will start with a procession at noon in front of the St. Mary's church, 203 E. Washington St. followed by a mass at 2 p.m. in the Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St.

In Fresno, dozens of representatives from Catholic parishes stretching from Merced to Bakersfield will descend in downtown Fresno on Sunday (Dec. 6) for the annual procession and mass in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

The procession from St. John's Cathedral to the Fresno Convention Center will start at noon. Bishop John Steinbock will preside over the mass at the convention center. The mass will start at 2 p.m.