Pilgrim icon of ‘Black Madonna’ comes to area

An image of Our Lady of Czestochowa will be present at local parishes this weekend.

The parish community of Holy Innocents Church in Long Beach is inviting Los Angeles Catholics to be part of a historic event Aug. 9 and 10: the local leg of a worldwide pilgrimage of the “Black Madonna,” which will begin outside Family Planning Associates (FPA), an abortion clinic in Long Beach.

According to event organizers, participants will be praying “to end abortion in our land, to restore the culture of life and to heal all those who have been wounded by [abortion]” through the intercession of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna, who is revered by the Polish people, including the late Pope St. John Paul II.

The event will begin Aug. 9 with a rosary at 2:30 p.m. outside the FPA clinic, located at 2777 Long Beach Blvd. Following the rosary, there will be a procession with the pilgrim icon to 2960 Pacific Ave., a Planned Parenthood chemical abortion facility. Afterwards, the group will process to Holy Innocents School, located at 2500 Pacific Ave., for 5 p.m. Mass.

Veneration of the Black Madonna will be available the next day during all Sunday Masses at Holy Innocents Church, located at 425 E. 20th St. in Long Beach.

The Black Madonna will also be presented in Glendale on Aug. 12 at Holy Family Church, (6 p.m. holy hour, 7 p.m. Mass), and Aug. 13 where a rosary prayer will be held in front of an abortion clinic, 8-11 a.m. at 372 W. Arden Ave. Information: (818) 281-2934.


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Events

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February 7, 2016

  • Sunday, February 7

    Rosary and Mass for Life, 4:30 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Rosary begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m. For information, contact Sylvia Aimerito at (562) 429-1965 or visit AudioGirlMinistries.com.

     

    Solemn Mass for the Last Sunday before Lent, 12 p.m., St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Blvd,, Encino. Dale Jergenson – Dixieland Mass. Soloists and Dixieland Band, with the combined choirs of St. Cyril of Jerusalem and St. Francis de Sales of Sherman Oaks.

     

    Year of Mercy Mass in the Shrine of St. John Paul II, 3p.m., Our Lady of the Bright Mount Church, 3424 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles. Mass in Polish with Father Rafal Dygula, S.Ch., pastor and shrine director. Mass followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and confession, with Divine Mercy Chaplet. Closing prayer will be a blessing and veneration of the 1st class relic of St. John Paul II.  

     

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