|Altar of honor of our Mother Mary|
The people of St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge truly embrace the month of December. They began on November 30th with the first of nine rosaries, one recited each night, in honor of the Immaculate Conception, which turns out that she is not only the Patroness of the United States but of Oaxaca, Mexico as well. These rosaries are normally hosted in people's home or hosted by a family in the location of the church. Anywhere between 45 to 100 people will attend.
|JP II Choir leading songs of praise|
Once these rosaries are completed we just continue with the nine days of rosaries in preparation for Our Lady of Guadalupe. This year for the first time, the people of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Parish engaged in the nine days of rosaries known as novenas.
|Our Lady of Guadalupe leads the way.|
|the play with Juan Diego and others|
|This image was in nine different homes|
|Dance of the Viejos|
On December 13 we held the festival in Rutledge beginning with the procession on our land and a procession to the Agricultural Center. Close to 200 people participated, our largest feast to date.
|Procession begins of the land of our future church|
|Our Lady in procession|
|Dance of joy|
|Altar designed by Nancy|
|The actors of JP II|
|Fr. Neil joined us for the Mass|
Then the community at St. John Paul II took a day off and began the rosaries known as the Posadas in preparation for Christmas. The Posadas is the story of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay. These celebrations include song, prayer and candy and fruit for the kids. This year the Toppa Joppa sponsored an evening with volunteers from St. Xavier in Cincinnati. This ended with the Posada party on December 23rd, including a special nativity play known as the pastoralias. Here the devils try to keep the shepherds from going to Bethlehem. They lose!!
|The nativity play including the drummer boy|
|This crib set visited nine homes|
The children's party at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was held on December 17th which included a visit from Santa Clause. They held one day of Posadas after the Sunday Mass on the 21. We also celebrated a Quinceanera, a young gal's 15th birthday.
|BTC Children's party with Santa|
|Justin getting ready to hit the pinata|
|Blessing of the crib at Midnight Mass|
|The Word became Flesh|