A Travelling Icon of the Black Madonna (of Czestochowa) Is Coming to Ireland as a Pilgrim in Defence of Life and the Family!

From Ocean to Ocean with Our Lady of Czestochowa in Defence of Life
Between the 16th and the 24th of November, a Travelling Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (‘The Black Madonna’) will be in Ireland!

The Icon, touched to the original miraculous image of Our Lady of Jasna Gora (Czestochowa) and blessed by the local Archbishop Stanislaw Nowak there, has been travelling since June 2012 from Russia across most of the European countries (20 different countries) and its final destination before the end of this year is Fatima, in Portugal. Ireland is indeed very blessed with its visit at a time when we all need to pray fervently – perhaps more than ever before – for the protection of human life and the family.
Our Lady, who is the Mother of All the Living, is coming as a Pilgrim inviting us all to pray for the restoration of the Culture of Life and to proclaim and defend the Gospel of Life.
The Icon will be venerated in Belfast, Derry, Knock, Galway, Dublin and Cork.

The Visit is part of a project called From Ocean to Ocean (www.fromoceantoocean.org) and, in Ireland, it is sponsored by www.familyandlife.org

The promotion of the culture of life should be the highest priority in our societies…If the right to life is not defended decisively as a condition for all other rights of the person, all other references to human rights remain deceitful and illusory. ~ BlessedJohn Paul II


Saturday, 17 November

BELFAST, St Peter’s Cathedral (11 am, Veneration; 12 noon, Holy Mass)

LIMAVADY, Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly (3 pm, Holy Mass)

LIMAVADY, St Mary’s Church (7.30 pm, Vigil Mass, followed by Veneration until 10 pm)


Sunday, 18 November

LIMAVADY, St Mary’s Church (9 am & 11 am, Holy Mass)

BALLYMENA, All Saints Church (3 pm, Veneration; 4 pm, Holy Mass)

BELFAST, Queen’s University Catholic Chaplaincy (Mass at 8 pm and veneration after Mass)


Monday, 19 November

KNOCK, The Shrine (the Icon arrives before the 12 noon Mass and remains at the Shrine for 24 hours)

Tuesday, 20 November

KNOCK, The Shrine (the Icon will leave at 1pm after the 12 pm Mass)

GALWAY, The Icon arrives at the Cathedral at 3.30 pm (for Rosary and Mass)

GALWAY, Poor Clares Convent (The Black Madonna will be venerated by the community here during the night)


Wednesday, 21 November

GALWAY, The Cathedral (9 am – 1 pm)


Thursday, 22 November

DUBLIN, Family & Life Office (by invitation only)

Friday, 23 November

DUBLIN, Disciples of the Divine Master, Stillorgan (7.25 am – 4.00 pm, Mass & Adoration)

DUBLIN, Sts Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Harold’s Cross

(6 pm – 7 pm, Akathist to the Mother of God)

DUBLIN, St Saviour’s Dominican Church, Dominick St (8 pm – 9:30 pm, Holy Hour, Night prayer)


Saturday, 24 November

CORK, St. Augustine’s Church, Washington St (9 am – 12 noon, Masses)