Local Mexican community celebrates its patron saint
Worshippers spilled into the aisles and out the chapel door at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prineville on Sunday, as members of the local Mexican-American community packed the pews to celebrate the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico.
"It's a real connection with their homeland because all of Mexico celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe," Greiner said. "It certainly connects them with their roots and their families back home."
At St. Joseph's on Sunday, Elias Villagomez said the events are important in helping Mexicans living in Oregon retain their cultural and religious heritage.
"For we Mexicans it is a great fiesta that we celebrate," Villagomez said. "We continue it so that the children will go on learning about our culture."
Just so we are clear on the semantics: Mexican = citizen of Mexico. The ironic thing here is that many American born, and therefore American citizens, refer to themselves as "Mexican." If you were to ask some American born child of an illegal alien, a child who has never even seen Mexico, if she/he considers himself/herself (notice the all inclusive genders, trying to be more tolerant) an American or a Mexican and my five pesos bets they say the latter.
Assimilation? I don't think so. If you want Mexican culture, complete with blatant corruption at every level of government, child rape being acceptable, lawlessness being acceptable, and a poor economy then please, GO BACK TO MEXICO!