For the second year in a row, Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Navato hosted a Marian Exhibit from Dec. 7 – 14, displaying statues and other Marian images from the homes of its parishioners. Chaired by six volunteers, the 2023 collection was separated into months, highlighting the different feast days of Our Lady throughout the year.
The idea for the Navato display began with an exhibition of Marian art at Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara. Father Tony Vallecillo, pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Church, visited Our Lady of Peace and brought the idea back to the parish. From there, parishioners took the reins and drove the project forward.
The exhibit featured images of Mary from around the world including Peru, Cuba, Spain, Italy, Nicaragua, China, and the Philippines. Each month featured images for major feasts: Mary the Mother of God for January, Our Lady of Lourdes for February, March featured the Annunciation, April was Mary Mother of the Church, May displayed images and statues of Our Lady of Fatima with information about the rosary and Fatima apparitions, June and July highlighted Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Our Lady of Mount Carmel with scapulars that people could take with them. The month of August was dedicated to the Assumption. The September display had a unique statue of Mary as an infant along with images of Our Lady of Sorrows—one painted by a parishioner. October was dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, and November highlighted the Presentation of Mary. December honored the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe….