Celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe around Iowa


December 12 is an important celebration for many people of faith in the Latino community. This is the day when many believers celebrate the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Many events are happening all over Iowa to honor and celebrate la Virgencita. Here is a list of some celebrations happening in Iowa.

Des Moines

Our Lady of the Americas Parish 

Tuesday, December 12

  • 4:50 pm Holy Rosary
  • 6:30 pm Escaramuzas
  • 7:00 pm Dance (Gym – Danza la Morenita)
  • 7:45 pm Dance (Gym – Xochipitzahuatl)
  • 8:00 pm Appearances (Youth)
  • 8:30 pm Dance (Gym – Western folkloric)
  • 9:00 pm Band (La Banda Santa Cecilia)
  • 10:00 pm Procession to the Cathedral
  • 11:15 pm Holy Rosary in the Cathedral

Coffee, tamales, and chocolate will be offered.


1271 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50316

Basilica of St. John

Monday, December 11

  • 5:00 pm Holy rosary, fellowship, and explanation of the Guadalupe message.

1915 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314

Saint Anthony Catholic Church

Tuesday, December 12

  • 6:00 am Mañanitas with Mariachi
  • 7:00 am English Mass
  • 5:30 pm Rosary
  • 6:00 pm Spanish Mass

15 Indianola Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315


Christ the King Catholic Church

Tuesday, December 12

  • 5:00 – 6:00 am Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Start celebration with Mañanitas with Mariachi Band
  • 8:30 am Mass with school kids (English)
  • 5:30 pm English Mass
  • 7:00 pm Spanish Mass
  • 7:45 pm and 8:15 pm The procession starts

5711 SW 9th Street Des Moines, IA 50315

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Monday, December 11

  • 10:30 pm Rosary (Spanish)
  • 11:00 pm Mass (Spanish)
  • 12:00 am Mañanitas 

Tuesday, December 12

  • 5:30 pm Rosary (Spanish)
  • 5:50 pm Procession
  • 6:30 pm Mass (Bilingual) – Food and celebration afterward

1601 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Mercado Latino de Iowa 

Sunday, December 10

Cordially invited to the entire General public:

Sunday 10 am Mañanitas to Our Virgin of Guadalupe, by Mr. Jose Ramirez, sponsored by Pupuseria La Morenita, Estelita Antojitos, Sabores de Michoacan, El Comalito and Cristina Novedades


Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Banda Sensación will pay tribute to our Virgin of Guadalupe, sponsored by Mr. Alex Martinez.

900 East Army Post Rd Des Moines IA 


St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Davenport, IA

Tuesday, December 12

  • 4:30 pm Holy Rosary
  • 5:00 pm Live Mariachi
  • 5:45 pm Assumption Kids Aztec Dance Group
  • 6:00 pm Spanish Mass
  • 7:00 pm Assumption Aztec Dance Group
  • 7:30 pm Mariachi Music and Reception at Parish Center

417 N Main St, Davenport, IA 52801

Quad Cities, Moline, IL

St. Mary Catholic Church in Moline, IL

Monday, December 11

  • 4:00 pm Horseback Ride: Starting from the Mexicano store
  • 5:00 pm Mariachi Music
  • 7:00 pm Appearances
  • 7:30 pm Rosary
  • 9:00 pm – 4:00 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday, December 12

  • 4:30 am Mañanitas to the Virgin with confessions
  • 7:00 am Breakfast in the cafeteria
  • 8:30 a.m. Mass
  • 12:00 pm Mass
  • 4:00 pm Prayer of the Rosary to the Virgin
  • 4:30 pm Procession
  • 6:00 pm Dances in the church
  • 6:30 pm Mass
  • 8:00 pm Dinner at the Gym


Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10

  • 9:00am – 5:00pm Guadalupana retreat for young people and adults at St Mary’s Hall (11 W. Linn St.)

Sunday, December 10

  • 4:30am – 7:00 am Mañanitas and breakfast at St. Mary’s Hall (11 W. Linn St.)
  • 11:30 am Main mass and potluck at St. Henry Catholic Church (211 W. Olive St.)

Tuesday, December 12

  • 4:30am – 7:00 am Private prayer and Mañanitas at St. Mary’s Hall (11 W. Linn St.)

West Liberty

Saint Joseph Catholic Church

Sunday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 12

For Our Lady of Guadalupe, we will have a mass at noon this Sunday, December 10, with a procession from downtown at 11 am, there will be a gathering after the mass this Sunday. On Tuesday, December 12 there will be a procession at 6 pm from the Acapulco bakery, in the church they will sing mañanitas at 6 pm and mass at 7 pm on Tuesday.

107 W. 6th Street, West Liberty, IA, United States, Iowa

Columbus Junction

St Joseph Church

Sunday, December 10 and Monday, December 11

For Our Lady of Guadalupe, we will have a mass with mariachi at 9:30 am this Sunday, December 10 in the high school gym, with a procession from downtown at 8 am, there will be a fellowship potluck after the mass this Sunday. On Monday, December 11th there will be a mass at 11 pm.

102 Gamble St, Columbus Junction, IA 52738

Council Bluffs

Corpus Christi Parish – Queen of Apostles Church

Tuesday, December 12

  • 5:00 – 6:00 am Mañanitas to the Virgin

3304 4th Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was commissioned by Hola America to Iowa artists the brothers Adám Pérez Zacarias and Abrahám Pérez Zacarias in 2012

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