Event to celebrate Mexican tradition of La Posada Dec. 21

by Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the Mexican tradition of La Posada by hosting a screening of ?La Gran Posada,? a documentary produced by J. Roberto Gutierrez, vice president for public affairs and communication at Notre Dame, Dec. 21 (Sunday) at 5 p.m. in the Bendix Theater at South Bend’s Century Center, 120 S. St. Joseph St.p. Sponsored by Notre Dame Downtown and the University’s Office of Public Affairs and Communication, the event is open to the public and the screening will be followed by a reception. Admission is one can of food for donation to a local food pantry.p. La Posada recreates the story of Joseph and Mary in their search for an inn (posada) in Bethlehem. Traditionally, there are nine posadas from Dec. 16-24 symbolizing Mary’s pregnancy with the baby Jesus.p. Produced in 1998 for PBS, ?La Gran Posada? offers a behind-the-scenes look at the procession, music, costuming and foods of the annual devotional procession organized by San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas. A compelling story of personal transformation and compassion, it tells of the journey of Mexican immigrants who arrive in San Antonio with nothing but their dreams and find a home, a family and a new life.p. Gutierrez, who has served in his current position since December 2002, is co-founder of the Hispanic Telecommunications Network (HTN), which was established in 1982. The organization produces the weekly television series, Nuestra Familia, the only national Catholic evangelization series televised for the nation’s Latino community. The program is funded in part by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Communications Campaign.

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