Students from St. Mary of the Assumption will join with thousands of Catholics throughout the Americas to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Monday, December 12, 2011, with a day of special activities. Due to the short notice of this release, a special phone number (805) 315-5892, has been activated for media interested in covering the celebrations.

School starts at 6:00 A.M. to prepare for a twilight meditation and singing the Las Mananitas starting at 6:15 A.M.  During sunrise (6:45 to 7:30) the school will come together for a community breakfast of pan dulce and performance by the Righetti High School students.

At 7:30 the 5th grade will lead the school in a Rosary before the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at 8:00 A.M.

Kindergarten to 8th Grade will participate in classroom activities celebrating the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe starting at 8:45 A.M.

The school will come back together at approximately 9:30 A.M. for a play telling the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe presented by the 7th Grade.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe dates back to the 16th Century and is a very important celebration for Catholics in the Americas and recognized as a national holiday in Mexico.

For additional information on the Feast, visit, “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint of the Day” at: http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1227

“Mexico Celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe” at:  http://aglobalworld.com/holidays-around-the-world/mexico-guadalupe/

St. Mary of the Assumption School, founded September 14, 1938, is the Santa Maria Valley’s oldest Catholic School.  Dedicated to providing a multicultural learning environment grounded in Christian values, the Western Catholic Educational Association accredited school serves over 250 students “Learning with Faith” in Preschool to eighth grade.

For additional information contact Michelle Cox at 805-925-6713 or email stmarysm@sbceo.org.