The faithful of St. Mary Parish in Pahokee gathered to celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother, the patroness of their church, Sept. 8, 2021.
The feast day celebration began with a Mariachi band singing “Happy Birthday (Feliz Cumpleaños)” before the precious jeweled icon, Our Lady of Bethlehem.
“Sept. 8 is a good time for the people to celebrate because the busy season in the sugarcane fields begins in October, so this is a good time to relax and celebrate,” said Father Juan Raúl Cárdenas, pastor of St. Mary. “You can feel the presence of Our Lady here and I think the icon plays an important role in our community. When we are in distress, that is when people turn to God. Many are praying for an end of this disease, COVID.”