The “Black Madonna” to visit St. Gertrude Parish
The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa ("the Black Madonna") is reputed to have been "written" on Mary’s table top from her house in Nazareth by Luke the Evangelist. 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 nearly 2 years and traveling 40,000 miles from Vladivostok in Russia through 24 countries in Europe, she will be visiting St. Gertrude Parish on her global pilgrimage.
Please join us as we welcome Fr. Peter West of Human Life International and the icon of the "Black Madonna" to St. Gertrude to ask for her protection of life and family as well as personal petitions. Human Life International - a Catholic apostolate focused on building a Culture of Life around the world - is sponsoring an international campaign called From Ocean to Ocean in Defense of Life. The centerpiece of the campaign is an icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa - the "Black Madonna". Venerated in both the East and the West, the Black Madonna is credited with numerous miracles on behalf of those who have prayed for her intercession.
A welcoming ceremony and Marian devotions will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, May 9 in the church.
On Saturday morning, May 10, she will travel to the Women’s Med Center abortion facility in Sharonville. Beginning at 8:00am, we will pray the Rosary and ask for "Our Lady’s" intercession to help defend and preserve life from conception to natural death. Make plans to join us at one or both events!