On June 13th, St. John the Baptist Church welcomed the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa to the railroad town of Marshfield, Wisconsin. With the assistance of Deacon Jeffrey Austin, Father West celebrated Mass followed by confessions. During his homily, he explained the extraordinary history of the Black Madonna and the From Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Life.
The Black Madonna returned briefly to the Diocese of Winona for their Ministry Days which is an event for the continuing education and growth of ministers for the Diocese of Winona. The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa stayed in the chapel at the University of Mary in Winona and the ministers of the Diocese of Winona had the opportunity to see and venerate the icon during their annual event.
Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota together comprise the largest metropolitan urban area in the United States, including 182 cities and townships. The early settlers of these two towns have different ethnic and religious origins: Scandinavians and Lutherans built Minneapolis, whereas the Catholic French, German and Irish built St. Paul. The 2010 census shows the Minneapolis - St.Paul - St.Cloud region to be the 13th largest populated area in the United States, with over 3.75 million residents.
St. Stanislaus Church in Warsaw has been called "The Cathedral on the Prairie” due to its beauty and grandeur in rural North Dakota. Built in 1901, it is listed on the National Historic Register. The Church is named after Bishop and Martyr, Saint Stanislaus (1030-1079), who denounced the unjust wars, cruelties and other injustices of King Boleslaus, who ultimately murdered him.
Marriage is the union of one woman and one man, on whom a family is built. To emphasize this fundamental and constantly attacked truth, the first March in Defense of Marriage took place in the streets of Washington on the 19th of June. Its motto was “Every child has a right to have a mother and a father.” It was the inauguration of a new march tradition to be continued in future years at the same date.
A Gift from Our Lady of Czestochowa for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
On Saturday May 31, the pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa traveled from Chatfield, Minnesota to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse Wisconsin. The shrine is a place of pilgrimage that honors Our Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, the Star of the New Evangelization and the Patroness of the Unborn. A Memorial to the Unborn was dedicated at the shrine on December 12, 2008.
Winona, Minnesota is a picturesque city on the Mississippi River. Named after Princess We-Noh-Nah, daughter of Cheif Wapasha III, it is known as the stained glass capital of the United States. The Black Madonna was warmly welcomed during her busy visit to the Diocese of Winona from May 23 to June 2 due to the kind efforts of Raymond deSouza, who is Director of Evangelization and Apologetics for the Diocese of Winona and also works with Human Life International’s international mission.
On Wednesday, May 21, the welcome service started already at 5:15 pm in anticipation of the arrival of their wonderful Guest – Our Blessed Mother in the Czestochowa Icon. People were gradually streaming in, as they arrived at the church after they battled the local traffic coming from work.
On Wednesday, May 21st, after the morning Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Naperville, Father Peter West renewed the “Act of Entrustment,” and Our Lady headed towards the IVF clinic only a few streets away. Mr. Włodek Obruchta was driving the Life Mobile with Our Lady around the IVF clinic in circles, while a group of people gathered around Father West who led them in a pro-life Rosary.