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Catholic Women's League of Canada (CWL)

St. Monica Council

CWL invites ladies to membership. We welcome new members, fresh ideas.

Be an advocate for human rights and social justice. Share your talents and gifts. Help with a project. Join in praying and spread the gospel. Step forward in faith and action.

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Application forms are available at church’s lobby (cwl bulletin board) or contact Hermie Argente at, Pat Diamzon at, (604) 214-2930

Let us honour, invoke and imitate Mary under the title of Our Lady of Good Counsel,

CWL patroness on this blessed occasion of April 26, Wednesday ,7 p.m. Mass and novena.

Refreshments to follow after novena.

The 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 century.