Did you notice the richly colored alfombra ("carpet" in Spanish) outside of St. Joan of Arc on Easter Sunday?
For hundreds of years, Guatemalans have created these elaborate carpets (made of colored sawdust, flowers and other natural materials) to line the routes of the many processions held during Lent. These carpets have developed into an amazing artistic display of faith and devotion, taking hours and hours to create, only to be trampled by the procession in a matter of seconds.
In honor of SJA's sister church relationship with Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Tierra Nueva II, Guatemala, a team of Sister Parish committee members and parishioners created this carpet to share Guatemalan culture and stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers. This year's theme was, "Mercy." Following the 11am mass on Easter Sunday, a joyous procession marched through the alfombra.
A big thank-you to all who helped create this year's alfombra. For more information about our 22-year Sister Parish relationship in Guatemala, please go to the Sister Parish page.