Passing the 'plate' for Guadalupe
LOS ANGELES - Members of the Los Angeles Archdiocese are being asked to donate a piece of china so the pieces can be added to a shrine at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, church officials said Friday.Many people in the Hispanic community, especially us Mexicanos who have a unique affection for la Virgencita de Guadalupe, have expressed great dissatisfaction with the outdoor shrine. Read more about our disappointment HERE.
A shrine honoring the Patroness of the Americas is being expanded, and church officials want to incorporate parishioners' china into the design.
The size of the shrine was initially limited because of budgetary constraints, but with the help of private donations, church officials expect the expansion to be completed in about a year.
The biggest addition to the shrine will be a mosaic depicting the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego in 1531.
Church officials want parishioners to donate one piece of their china to the Cathedral between Friday and Monday -- the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The cups and plates will then be crushed into smaller pieces and incorporated into the mosaic.
The project will cost $250,000, half of which has already been donated, [Monsignor] Kostelnik said.
What a 'crackpot' idea.