Monday, December 13, 2010

Who Knew There Was A New El Cerro Grande In Wilmington, NC?
Helmet tip to the enigmatic and far away C

Or is the Diocese of Raleigh just making a run for the border? Hey, where's the Churro stand?

Yo Quero Novus Ordo
The Shrine of St. Mary's, Wilmington, N.C. Diocese of Raleigh

Hmmm... I wonder if there's going to be a Corned Beef & Cabbage Mary during the celebration for Our Lady of Knock?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bishop declares appearances of Blessed Virgin in Wisconsin as “worthy of belief"

The California Catholic Daily is reporting that Bishop David Ricken announced today that he officially approves the Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion.

Declared with moral certainty

Reading from his decree, the Bishop stated, "I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful."

The declaration makes Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only site in the United States of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Three apparitions in 1859

In October 1859, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on three occasions to Adele Brise, a young Belgian immigrant. Brise stated that a lady dressed in dazzling white appeared to her and claimed to be the "Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners."

The Lady asked Brise to pray for sinners, as well as to gather the children and teach them what they should know for salvation. The Blessed Virgin followed the commands with these words of assurance to Adele Brise, "Go and fear nothing, I will help you."

What many Catholic news organs are leaving out is the warning from Our Lady of Good Hope at Champion; (emphasis mine)

"I am the Queen of Heaven, who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning, and that is well. But you must do more. Make a general confession, and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them."Click here for the entire article from Cal Catholic.