May 30

Gua Maria Sumber Kahuripan, Cibadak, Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia

The Mary Grotto of the Living Spring at St. Francis Catholic Church, begun in 2000, completed in 2003, and blessed on May 30, 2004, is located in the densely populated, largely Islamic province of West Java, where Catholics comprise less than one percent of the population. At special masses on Sundays and Thursdays, pilgrims write down prayer requests on slips of paper which are burned in front of the altar. A reputation for answered prayers attracts numerous worshipers to the Grotto with its statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. (Picture & information from "Gua Maria Sumber Kahuripan," Just A Note,, Oct. 27, 2010.)

Also commemorated this date:

bulletMadonna dei Ponticelli, San Marino di Carpi, Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
bulletConsolatrix Afflictorum, Rome, Italy. Painting in church of Santa Maria del Suffragio crowned, 1880.
bulletMadonna dei Sette Dolori, Pescara Colli, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. Sanctuary consecrated, 1757. Festa first Sunday in June.
bulletMadonna della Pace, Morcone, Benevento, Campania, Italy. Statue crowned, 1948.
bulletQalb bla tebgha ta' Marija, Burmarrad, Malta. Parish Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary dedicated May 30, 1964. Festa last Sunday in June.
bulletMaria Koningin, Gulpen, Limburg, Netherlands (Queen Mary). Statue consecrated, 1935.
bulletTapusan Sa Kawit. Kawit, Cavite, Philippines. Procession with floats.

bulletOrmianska Matka Laskawa, Gdansk, Poland (Armenian Mother of Grace). Icon crowned, 1937.
bulletMaria Hilf Gubel, Menzingen, Zug, Switzerland (Mary the Helper on the Gubel). Lucerne saved from Protestant attack, 1845, after children prayed to Maria Hilf.
bulletOur Lady of Lourdes, Euclid, Ohio, USA. Grotto dedicated, 1926.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly