On Tuesday morning, May 20th, Our Lady of Czestochowa gracefully reached the parish of Ss. Peter and Paul in Naperville. Due to a slight delay, the faithful who had already gathered at the chapel next to the rectory to await Her had now spontaneously decided to go outside to welcome Our Lady personally. The Icon was delivered in the Life Mobile driven by Mr. Wlodzimierz Obrochta with his wife. One family waiting for Our Lady waved the Polish flag.
On Monday afternoon, May 19th 2014, the Icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa arrived at the American Parish of the Holy Cross in Batavia. She traveled there in Her Life Mobile because of the close proximity to Chicago. She was visible from a distance and attracted much attention. At times, She became a sensation particularly on the toll way.
After the farewell ceremony at the Polish Mission of the Cistercian Fathers in Willow Springs and upon embarking Her Life Mobile, Our Lady in Her Icon of Częstochowa went to the nearby convent of the Dominican Sisters’ Immaculate Conception Province in Justice, where the sisters run a home for the elderly. It was Sunday evening on the 18th of May, 2014 around 8:00 pm, when Our Lady was escorted by the Reverend Pastor Michał Blicharski, OCist., assisted by several other vehicles.
On Saturday evening of May 17th, Our Lady of Częstochowa, arrived in Her Life Mobile with the fluttering of the Papal, Marian, Polish, and American flags at the seat of the Cistercian Fathers in Willow Springs, IL. The Life Mobile stopped before the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady, the Mother of the Church – the so called “church on a hill.” Our Blessed Mother in Her Icon was surrounded by an escort of several Harley motorcyclists. The welcome ceremony was very solemn.
On Friday evening, May 16th, at 5:00 pm, the Czestochowa Icon, peregrinating across the world in defense of life, stopped to visit at St. Rosalie’s Church in Harwood Heights on the outskirts of Chicago. The Pauline Fathers serving at this parish came out to greet Our Lady; among them was the Reverend Pastor Tadeusz Olzacki OSPPE and Father Bogdan Olzacki OSPPE. The Icon was carried into the church in a procession and placed carefully in the sanctuary on a pedestal covered with a beautifully embroidered lace tablecloth.
The faithful at the Holy Trinity Polish Mission were sad to say good-bye to Our Lady. The Redemptorist Fathers, Fr. Waldemar Wieladek, the pastor of Our Lady of Częstochowa parish in Cicero, together with Fr. Zbigniew Piękos from the Chicago branch of Radio Maria and Fr. Marian Furca came to the Holy Trinity parish to attend the farewell ceremony there, and to escort Our Lady on Her way to their church.
On the evening of May 14th, a delegation from the Church of the Holy Trinity with its pastor, Father Andrzej Maślejak TChr, received the pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa into their care at the farewell ceremony at St. Hyacinth's Church. Assisted by a small motorcade, the Life Mobile took Our Blessed Mother to Holy Trinity Polish Mission in Chicago.
As one of the oldest parishes in Chicago, St. Hyacinth's Basilica Minor had the particular privilege of hosting the Icon of Czestochowa on May 13th, thus on the 97th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. The Icon arrived in Her Life Mobile, decorated with flowers.
On Monday evening, May 12th, the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa arrived at the Jesuit Millennium Center (JOM). A thunderstorm was approaching and lightning was flashing as Our Lady rode in her new Life Mobile through the streets of Chicago. The rain, however, ceased for a moment so that the welcome ceremony could take place outside at the entrance to the church.
The parish of St. Ladislaus awaited the arrival of the Mother of God in Her Icon of Czestochowa on Sunday evening, May 11th. The church was full. For the first time, the new Life Mobile, made by Chicago's own Polish-American carpenter and sculptor – Jan Slodyczka – rode with Our Lady's Icon through the streets of Chicago and stopped gracefully before the entrance to the church. The Jesuit Fathers greeted the Blessed Virgin Mary Icon with their pastor, Father Mark Janowski, SJ, at the forefront.