Feast day of Our Lady of Good Counsel, April 26, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014, marks the feast day of our patroness, Our Lady of Good Counsel.

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The League is sponsoring the daily mass on Vision TV on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  The taping of the mass will take place tonight  (Friday, April 25th) at 5:10 p.m. National Spiritual Advisor Bishop William McGrattan will be the celebrant and members in the Toronto area are encouraged to attend the taping.

As Catholic women, let us promise  to honour, invoke and imitate our patroness on this blessed occasion.

History of the Picture of Our Lady of Good Counsel

In the small Italian village of Gennazzano, some 30 miles from Rome, is the shrine of this Marian
painting. This old sanctuary was given by Prince Colonna to the Augustinians in the 15th 17 century and the
monks set about rebuilding their church. A wealthy woman named Petruccia came to their support in the
restoration of the old church Our Lady of Good Counsel. The work ran into difficulty and the villagers mocked
the efforts of the monks. Before her death, however, Petruccia saw the opening of the church on April 26,
1467, at which time the picture of Our Lady of Good Counsel was unveiled. The people stood in wonder before its beauty! Mostly peasants, they were convinced it had come from paradise. They were reluctant to accept the story that the beautiful fresco had come from the walls of a church in Scutari, Albania. A recent discovery seems to confirm the Scutari origin. Restoration work was done on the famous painting by Professor de Compos between 1957 and 1961. At the time, letters were noticed on the edge of the child’s robe that seemed to be a signature. They were deciphered as reading – “A. Vivanini made this.” De Compos concluded that the fresco was the work of the illustrious Antonio Vivanini, a master of the Veronese school of art in the first half of the 15th 37