The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa has a fascinating history of its own. Tradition holds that St. Luke the Evangelist himself “wrote” the icon of what has now become known as “Our Lady of Czestochowa” on a cypress table in the home of the Holy Family. The Icon was damaged by anti-Catholic, Hussite raiders in 1430 who slashed it and attempted to burn her, so much so that today she is referred to as the “Black Madonna.” In a sense, she is a symbol of Poland herself, scarred but persevering in faith. She has been credited with numerous miracles and healings – both of a spiritual and physical nature. A beautiful copy of this Icon has been blessed and consecrated at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Poland, where the original is kept, and entrusted to the defense of life and family. Now, after traveling 40,000 miles from Vladivostok in Russia through 24 countries in Europe and Canada, Our Lady will be visiting St. Aloysius Church Peewee Valley and St. Martin of Tours Church on Her global pilgrimage. Please join us as we welcome Our Lady of Czestochowa to our local parishes and ask for Her protection of life and family as well as personal petitions.
You can visithttp://www.hli.org/hli_campaigns/ocean-ocean-pilgrimagefor more information on this pilgrimage. Fr. Peter West, vice president of HLI for Missions, is the custodian of the icon during the pilgrimage to the United States. He participated in the ceremony of dedication and application of the icon to the original, which began the first stage of the pilgrimage “From Ocean to Ocean”.
St. Aloysius Pewee Valley Kentucky – May 5 – 6, 2014
Please join us as we welcome Our Lady of Czestochowa to St. Aloysius Pewee Valley and ask for Her protection of life and family as well as personal petitions.Parish Address:212 Mt. Mercy Drive, Peewee Valley, KY Website: www.staloysiuspwv.org Contacts: Jadwiga Andres (502) 243-4764 firstname.lastname@example.org and Jola Gates (502) 222-7774 email@example.com
Monday, May 5th
8:15 a.m. Welcoming Ceremony followed by Holy Mass in the Church
9:30-11:00 a.m. Confessions
12:00 noon Regina Coeli followed by Rosary and Litany in Response to Abortion
2:00 p.m. Student and Children May Procession to Our Lady, followed by Rosary
3:30 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet
5-6:00 p.m. Confessions
6:00 p.m. Regina Coeli followed by International Rosary
7:00 p.m. Holy Mass followed by May Procession with the Icon of Our Lady to St. Aloysius Chapel for Overnight Adoration in the Chapel
Tuesday, May 6th
8:15 a.m. Holy Mass in the Chapel, followed by the Farewell Ceremony
If you wish, please bring flowers to place by the Icon of Our Lady and flowers or flower petals for the May Procession from the Church to the Chapel after Mass on Monday evening.
Our Lady’s Schedule at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church – May 6 – 7, 2014
We invite you to journey with The Black Madonna to facilities that defend life and family. Following on the heels of the 40 Days for Life campaign at our local abortion clinic, we will take Our Lady to peacefully pray that She will melt hearts and help close the facility.
Tuesday, May 6th
10:10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Little Sisters of the Poor/St. Joseph Home for the Aged 15 Audubon Plaza
11:15 a.m.-1:45 a.m. St. Martin of Tours 639 South Shelby St. Louisville, KY Rosary, Holy Mass and Veneration of Our Lady
Local contacts: Rev. R. Paul Beach, JCL, Pastor (502)582-2827 www.stmartinoftourschurch.org
Elizabeth Clines firstname.lastname@example.org (502)807-0047
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Little Way Pregnancy Resource Center 515 West Oak St. Blessing of facility and Pro-life Prayers.
3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. EMW Abortion Clinic 138 West Market St. Divine Mercy Chaplet, Rosary and pro-life prayers.
4:30 p.m. St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church: Our Lady of Czestochowa returns to St. Martin of Tours Church for Veneration
5:30 p.m. Holy Mass followed by Holy Hour and Confessions
Overnight Vigil with Our Lady of Czestochowa:
St. Martin’s Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel will welcome our visiting sojourners.
St. Martin of Tours has 24 hour security guards
Wednesday May 7th
7:30 a.m.-8:10 a.m. Farewell Mass for Our Lady
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. LifeHouse Maternity Center 2710 Riedling Drive Blessing of the home and prayers
From the Center, Our Lady of Czestochowa will leave Louisville on Her Pilgrimage to Pax Christi Church, Lexington, Ky.