TYLER – More than 1,000 people participated in a Sept. 27 procession for and celebration of St. Michael the Archangel at St. Peter Claver Church in Tyler.
Father Luis Larrea, pastor, said this is the fourth year for the event, which draws people from far beyond East Texas.
“We have a community of people here (in the parish) from the town of La Labor in Guanajuato, Mexico,” said Father Larrea. “The feast of St. Michael is a very big celebration in their town, and four years ago they asked if we could have one here.”
Members of that community have spread the word to others with ties to La Labor, he said, “and now people come from Dallas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas for this celebration. They come with banners, dancers, bands, everything. It is a very important day for them, and we are very glad to help them celebrate it.”
In the town of La Labor itself, he said, the Sept. 29 feast day celebration will draw “as many as 50,000 to 100,000 people.”
In preparation for the feast, Father Larrea said, “We in the parish pray a novena to St. Michael.”
The celebration is held each year on the Sunday closest to the Sept. 29 feast day.