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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  • Sunday, July 5

    Third Order Lay Carmelite Community Q & A Meeting, 1-4 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church located at 12930 Hamlin St. North Hollywood. The Order is located throughout the Los Angeles area and open to new membership.  If interested in the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer, community and service, come and have your questions answered.  For more information, contact Regional Director Herman Briones, (818) 521-6564.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965. Audiogirlministries.com.

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