On Friday 22nd April, the pilgrimage visit of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Crewe will commence under the care of the parishioners of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church.
The evening begins at 6.30pm with Solemn Mass followed by the Service of Reception; there will then be Veneration until 9.00pm. The Miraculous Relic Image will positioned in front of the Lady Altar.
On Saturday 23rd, there will be Mass at 10.00am followed by veneration until 12 noon when there will be Confession. Repository items will be on sale in the café area. In the evening, there will be Mass at 5.30pm followed by a Polish Mass at 7.00pm.
On Sunday 24th, there are three morning Masses and a Charismatic group meet in the evening. The Service of Return will be on Monday 25th April after Mass at 9.30am. The newly acquired Home Shrine will be left in the church under the care of the Mothers’ Prayer Group.
The Guardians of Our Lady of Guadalupe are a self-supporting group based at the Shrine in St Joseph’s, Bedford – the home of the Miraculous Relic Image. With no grants or special funding, we rely totally on the generosity of pilgrims to provide funds to allow us to carry out our Mission of taking the Miraculous Relic Image on pilgrimage.
The purpose of the distribution of the Sacred Image is to help fulfil the prophecy of St John Paul II when visiting Guadalupe in 1979. His exhortation proclaimed “The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be the centre from which the light of the Gospel of Christ will illuminate the entire world by means of the distribution of the Miraculous Image of His Mother.”
St John Paul II authorised the creation of 220 digital replicas of the original for worldwide distribution. These images have been declared as authorised relics that will extend the graces of evangelisation, conversion and truth to the nations, in which they are placed, offering the same graces as extended in 1531 and equal in graces to that of the original first class relic.