ENFIELD – St. Martha Knights of Columbus Council 14600 will host the blessed traveling Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe Sept. 6-23 at St. Martha Church and at 23 abortion providers and referral centers in Connecticut.
The image is an exact photographic duplicate of the miraculous image of Our Lady. It has traveled worldwide and been blessed by Pope John Paul II.
“She brings peace to whoever sees her,” said Johane Pigeon, administrative assistant at Vermont-based Dan Lynch Apostolates, a lay group that promotes devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“There [have been] many miracles through the veneration of this image,” she said, listing reports of cures, conversions and restoration of peace to people in turmoil since the image began to travel in June 1991.
The highlight of the visit will be on Sept. 14, the Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, when a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Peter Church in Hartford will be followed by a procession from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., during which the rosary will be recited, to the state capitol, said Greg Bailey, a member of Council 14600, who will be among the image’s escorts.
At the capitol, there will be a pro-life, pro-family and conversion prayer vigil with appeals to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Trips to memorials to the unborn in various towns were being planned as the Transcript went to press.
Mr. Bailey created a Web site dedicated to the visit at olgmission2013.weebly.com. The full schedule of related events, information about the image and an email address to which people may send daily prayer intentions are found there.
“The image shows Our Lady with child. We believe this makes her especially powerful in standing up for the unborn and why we are escorting her to all the abortion providers/[referral centers] in the state in prayer and veneration. Please join us!” he wrote on one page.
The site also says that 15 decades of the rosary will be recited at each abortion or referral clinic.
The image will be welcomed in prayer and veneration at 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at St. Martha Church, which also will have a 48-hour eucharistic adoration for the unborn during its stay. Masses and devotionals will take place each day through Sept. 8, and will include a Mass in Spanish at 4 p.m. on the last day and a 7 p.m. Mass at which the image will be blessed as it starts its missionary tour of the state.
Mr. Bailey, who with his wife keeps a vigil outside of an abortion center once a month, said the purpose of the tour is to heighten awareness of the pro-life cause.
“There’s a lot of stories going around about this image. Things have happened. So, we’re going to bring the image around and if something good happens, good; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
Mr. Bailey credited fellow Knight Damian Keller as being “the driving force” behind the ambitious tour. The balance of the missionary tour of the state schedule follows:
Sept. 9, 7 a.m.: Image at the Church of the Assumption in Manchester, Mass and one-hour devotional followed by visits to abortion/referral centers at 419 W. Middle Turnpike, Manchester; 1229 Albany Ave., Hartford; and 1030 New Britain Ave., West Hartford.
Sept. 10, 9 a.m.: Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Waterbury, then visits to abortion/referral centers at 969 W. Main St., Waterbury; 26 Women’s Way, Meriden; and 100 Grand St., New Britain.
Sept. 11, 8 a.m.: Mass and one-hour veneration at St. Martha Church in Enfield, followed by visits to 12 Case St., Norwich; 45 Franklin St., New London; and 263 Main St., Old Saybrook.
Sept. 12, 7 p.m.: Carmelite Mass for the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, followed by devotion at St. Martha Church in Enfield.
Sept. 13, 7 a.m.: Mass and devotions at St. Joseph Church in Shelton, followed by visit to 3787 Main St., Bridgeport; and Winsted Rd. in Torrington.
Sept. 15: Morning Masses at St. Mary Church in Windsor Locks, followed by devotions and veneration until 3 p.m.
Sept. 16, 8 a.m.: Mass, followed by an hour of prayer and veneration at St. Martha Church in Enfield, followed by visits to clinics at 211 State St., Bridgeport; and 1039 E. Main St., Stamford.
Sept. 17, 8 a.m.: Mass at St. Martha Church in Enfield, followed by visit to Planned Parenthood, 76 Polumba Drive, Enfield.
Sept. 18, 8 a.m.: Mass, prayer, devotions at St. Martha Church, then visits to 44, 133 and 135 Main St. and 27 Hospital Ave., Danbury.
Sept. 19, 8 a.m.: Mass, prayer, devotions at St. Martha Church, followed by visits to 87 Westcott Road, Danielson, and 1548 W. Main St., Willimantic.
Sept. 20: 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Church in New Haven, interment site of Venerable Father Michael McGivney, Shrine of the Infant of Prague and home parish of the Knights of Columbus, followed by one hour of devotions and a procession as well as visits to clinics at 345 Whitney Ave., New Haven, and Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Sept. 21: Procession from St. Gerard Center to 1 Main St., Hartford.
Sept. 22: Masses, devotions and venerations at St. Martha Church. Farewell Mass at 7 p.m.
Sept. 23, 6:30 a.m.: Mass for migrant workers at St. Patrick Church in Enfield.