Third Sunday in October

marian calendar     october

Zoja e Shkodres, Shkodër, Albania

Below the fortress of Shkodra stood a church of the 400s containing a fresco of the "Blessed Lady" cheek to cheek with her child. In 1467, the image disappeared from the wall. Meanwhile, in Genazzano, Italy, townspeople witnessed a thin plaster icon of the Madonna descend in a cloud. They enshrined the miraculous image in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, where some Albanian travelers recognized it as the missing fresco of Shkodra (also called Scutari). Albanian Catholics celebrate both feast days: Our Lady of Good Counsel on April 26 and the Lady of Shkodër on the third Sunday in October. On April 25, 1993, Pope John Paul II blessed the first stone of a new sanctuary in Shkodër and donated a new reproduction of the fresco. "Mother of Good Counsel, return to us. On the path of peace lead us" (old Albanian hymn). (Information from Our Lady of Good Counsel, www.olgc.moki.org/saints.htm. Picture from Shkodra, www.shkoder.net/en/oll.htm.)   

Also celebrated this date:

Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, Porto Acre, Acre, Norte, Brazil
Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, Castanhal, Pará, Norte, Brazil
Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, Quatipuru, Pará, Norte, Brazil
Divina Pastora, Divina Pastora, Sergipe, Nordeste, Brazil (Divine Shepherdess)
Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, Solidão, Pernambuco, Nordeste, Brazil
Madonna delle Grazie, Chiampo, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, Filanda district (Madonna of Graces)
Madonna delle Grazie, Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Madonna del Rosario, Castelnuovo di Farfa, Rieti, Latium, Italy
Santa Maria dell'Orto, Rome, Italy (St. Mary of the Garden)
Madonna delle Rose, Piglio, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
Beata Vergine delle Grazie, Pesaro, Marche, Italy
Santa Maria Odigitria, San Basile, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna Assunta, Arnesano, Lecce, Apulia, Italy. Festa.
Madonna della Mercede, Campi Salentina, Lecce, Apulia, Italy. Fair.
Madonna della Croce, Casarano, Lecce, Apulia, Italy. Festa.
Verge del Remei, Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Nuestra Señora de Valme, Dos Hermanas, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain. Romería.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly