Last Sunday in July

Madonna tal-Karmnu, Balluta, St. Julian's, Malta

In 1859, the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Valletta built a church on Balluta Bay, between the towns of Sliema and St. Julian's,  rebuilt several times since and rededicated December 12, 1984. Since 1877, Carmelite friars have run the church, which acquired its beautiful statue from their Valletta friary in 1890. The Balluta festa, with participants from both towns, is a typical Maltese spectacular with colorful decorations, fireworks, an hours-long procession, and music by its own group, the Banda Tal-Karmnu Balluta (picture from the band's website, www.geocities.com/bandaballuta; information from the Archdiocese of Malta, www.maltachurch.org.mt).  

Also celebrated this date:
bulletMary, Queen of All Hearts, Lestock, Saskatchewan, Canada. Shrine pilgrimage.
bulletNuestra Señora del Carmen, La Calera, Quillota, Valparaíso Chile, Pachacamita locality
bulletNotre-Dame du Cap Lihou, Granville, Manche, Lower Normandy, France
bulletNotre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
bulletBeata Vergine delle Grazie, Villanova d'Asti, Asti, Piedmont, Italy. Floral carpeting.

bulletMadonna dei Boschi, Poggio Renatico, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Blessing of vehicles.
bulletMadonna del Pubblico Voto and Madonna del Soccorso, Bagnara di Romagna, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
bulletMadonna della Marina, San Benedetto del Tronto, Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy
bullet Madonna delle Traglie, Gambatesa, Molise, Italy
bulletMadonna di Noantri, Rome, Italy (2nd Sun. after July 16)
bulletMadonna della Provvidenza, Sora, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
bulletSanta Maria degli Angeli, Luogosanto, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
bulletMadonna d'Itria, Gavoi, Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy
bulletMaria Ausiliatrice, Lanusei, Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy
bulletMadonna di San Giovanni, Pietramelara, Caserta, Campania, Italy (Madonna of St. Joseph)
bulletMadonna del Carmine, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
bulletMadonna dei Miracoli, Caltabellotta, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
bulletMadonna del Carmine, Bovalino, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletSanta Maria delle Grazie, Delianuova, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna dell'Alto Mare, Palmi, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna del Rosario, San Procopio, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletL'Annunziata, San Roberto, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
bulletMaria Santissima della Sanità, Badolato, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna di Porto Salvo, Catanzaro Marina, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna della Salvazione, Jacurso, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy 
bulletMadonna degli Abbandonati, Soveria Mannelli, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy, San Tommaso district, Sat.-Sun.
bulletSanta Maria del Monte, Acquaformosa, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Luzzi, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletMadonna del Carmine, Marsico Nuovo, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy (Our Lady of Carmel)
bulletMadonna del Carmine, San Paolo Albanese, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletMadonna di Mellitto, Grumo Appula, Bari, Puglia, Italy
bulletMarija Addolorata, San Pawl il-Bahar, Malta (Sorrowful Mary, St Paul's Bay)
bulletNossa Senhora das Dores, Castedo, Douro, Portugal
bulletNossa Senhora da Paz, Feiteiras, São Vicente, Madeira, Algarve, Portugal (Our Lady of Peace)
bulletNossa Senhora de Jerusalém, Pombal, Portugal (medieval)
bulletVirgen de la Antigua, Bañares, La Rioja, Spain (Antique Virgin)
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly