The story behind the celebration dates to 1531, when the Virgin Mary appeared to a farmer in Mexico and asked him to ensure a church was built in her honor. The farmer went to the bishop, but his story was not believed. The Virgin Mary then directed the farmer to a barren location where he would find roses growing. He wrapped them in his cloak and brought them to the bishop. When he unwrapped the roses, he found the image of the Virgin Mary imprinted on the cloak. This convinced the bishop and a basilica was built on the exact spot. Millions still visit this shrine every year in Mexico City.
The Hispanic Community of St. Michael celebrates a 9 day Novena preceding the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th. The Novena begins on December 3rd and is prayed every evening at 7 PM in the Chapel.