Our Lady of Częstochowa

A little piece of cultural history will be celebrated at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church here in Polish Hill. The following is from Wikipedia –

The Black Madonna of Częstochowa (Czarna Madonna or Matka Boska Częstochowska in Polish, Imago thaumaturga Beatae Virginis Mariae Immaculatae Conceptae, in Claro Monte in Latin, Ченстоховская икона Божией Матери in Church Slavonic) is a holy icon of the Virgin Mary, that is both Poland’s holiest relic and one of the country’s national symbols.

The article tells us that –

Although the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa has been intimately tied with Poland for the past six hundred years, its history prior to its arrival is shrouded in numerous legends which trace the icon’s origin back to St. Luke who, it is believed, painted it on a cypress table top from the house of the Holy Family.

You can read the entire article here. The Immaculate Heart of Mary church will have a tridium in honor of Our Lady of Częstochowa starting next week —

Immaculate Heart of Mary
Brereton and Dobson in Polish Hill
Mass and novena: Monday, August 24 – 8AM
Mass and novena: Tuesday, August 25 – 8AM
Mass and closing novena: Wednesday, August 26 – 8AM

In addition to the celebratory masses at Immaculate Heart of Mary, a mass honoring Polish culture and the Black Madonna of Częstochowa will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, conducted by Bishop David Zubik. The mass is followed by a reception —

Our Lady of Częstochowa
Mass begins at 7PM
Saint Paul Cathedral
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Fifth Avenue (Oakland) at Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Parish Office: 412-621-4951 Fax: 412-621-1079