Second Sunday in May (Mothers Day)

Sorrowful Mother, Portland, Oregon, USA

Father Ambrose Mayer started the Sorrowful Mother Grotto to fulfill a promise he made as a boy in Canada, when his mother nearly died after giving birth to his sister. As a young man he joined the Order of Servants of Mary, which sent him to work at a parish in Portland, Oregon. In 1923 Father Mayer convinced the Catholic Church to purchase some land from the Union Pacific Railroad to build a shrine to Our Lady of Sorrows, patron of the Servite Order. On May 29, 1924, Alexander Christie, Archbishop of Oregon City, dedicated the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. Cut into a basalt cliff, the Grotto resembles a Lourdes replica but features a marble copy of Michelangelo's Pietà. Special celebrations at the Sanctuary include a Mothers Day outdoor mass and brunch; Freedom Sunday mass near July 4, with immigrants in regional dress; and the Feast of the Assumption candlelight procession August 15. (Information from the Sanctuary's site, www.thegrotto.org. Photo by Zack Lee, May 17, 2009, www.flickr.com/photos/riacale/3856515969/.)   

Also commemorated this date:

Notre-Dame des Affligés, Villers-la-Ville, Walloon Brabant, Belgium. Procession.
Notre-Dame de la Santé, Pontoise, Val-d'OiseÎle-de-France, France (Our Lady of Health)
Notre-Dame de Délivrance, Quintin, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France. Pardon.
Notre Dame des Fleurs, Brech, Morbihan, Brittany, France
Notre-Dame de Mont Roland, Dole, Jura, Franche-Comté, France
Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours, Castex, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France (Our Lady of Perpetual Help)
Maria Ausiliatrice, Costigliole d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Nostra Signora del Bosco, Pannesi, Lumarzo, Genova, Liguria, Italy (Our Lady of the Woods)
Madonna delle Grazie, Arena Po, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
Nostra Signora dell'Olmo, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
Madonna del Sasso, Fiesole, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Attigliano, Terni, Umbria, Italy
Madonna dell'Ambro, Montefortino, Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy
Nostra Signora del Regno, Ardara, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
Madonna del Barco, Caprarola, Viterbo, Latium, Italy
Madonna dei Matti, Nepi, Viterbo, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Roiate, Roma, Latium, Italy
Madonna della Misericordia, Rome, Italy, Church of Fabiano e Venanzio (Madonna of Mercy). Festa.
Madonna della Pace, Sora, Frosinone, Latium, Italy 
Maria Santissima di Campiglione, Caivano, Napoli, Campania, Italy
Madonna della Strada, Giarre, Catania, Sicily, Italy 
Madonna del Carmine, Pallagorio, Crotone, Calabria, Italy 
Santa Maria della Catena, Cassano allo Ionio, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy (St. Mary of the Chain)
Madonna di Mercuri, Orsomarso, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Vergine della Stella, Costantino Albanese, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy (Virgin of the Star)
Madonna di Servigliano, Montemurro, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
La Potentissima, Calvello, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna della Croce, Ferrandina, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna della Sulla, Nova Siri, Matera, Basilicata, Italy. Festa.
Santa Maria della Stella, Castelnuovo della Daunia, Foggia, Apulia, Italy (St. Mary of the Star)

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Madonna Annunziata, Turi, Bari, Apulia, Italy. Also Mar. 25.
Onze Lieve Vrouw van de Hasselt, Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands. Mothers Day mass at old chapel of the Visitation.
Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, Manila, Philippines. 
Matka Boża Kochawińska, Gliwice, Upper Silesia, Poland
Senhora da Glória, Tamel São Veríssimo, Barcelos, Portugal. 
Virgen de Junquera, Fonzaleche, La Rioja, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de Semón, Acered, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Virgen de la Sierra, Biel, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Nuestra Señora de Cabezón, Cañaveral, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Virgen de la Salud, Barbatona, Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (Virgin of Health)
Virgen de la Bastida, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Virgen de los Desamparados, Villanueva de la Fuente, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (Virgin of the Abandoned)
Virgen de los Desamparados, Serra d'en Galceran, Els Ibarsos, Castellon, Valencia, Spain
Virgen de la Consolación, Alpuente, Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Virgen de los Remedios, Paterna del Rio, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
Nuestra Señora de la Bella, Lepe, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain. Romería.
Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Alcolea del Río, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de Villaviciosa, Córdoba, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain. Dawn rosary and procession. Fiesta Sept. 8.
Virgen de la Antigua, Hinojosa del Duque, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de Fátima, Almodovar, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
Nuestra Señora de La Oliva, Mollina, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain
Virgen de Alharilla, Porcuna, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de Nazaret, Chiclana de Segura, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain
Mare de Deu dels Desamparats (La Cheperudeta), Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Madonna del Carmelo, Torricella Taverne, Ticino, Switzerland
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly