A press release from the Green Bay Diocese website:
GREEN BAY, Wis. (May 23, 2011) --The Diocese of Green Bay will hold the Annual May Celebration at The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion on Sunday, May 29, at 10 a.m. The event includes an outdoor Mass, followed by a Rosary Procession.
The Annual May Celebration has historically lasted about two hours. Attendance this year is expected to exceed the average past attendance of 400 people. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.
Annual May Event history
Originally celebrated on the last day of May, this Shrine event was started around the turn of the 20th century by Abbot Bernard H. Pennings, O. Praem, of St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere. It is believed that Abbot Pennings initiated the special day of prayer to combat a heresy that was influencing the local Belgian community.
At the time, the last day in May was the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, which is most likely the reason Abbot Pennings picked that day for the celebration. Later, the event at the Shrine was switched to the last Sunday in May and called the "Annual May Celebration."
Annual May Celebration
Date: May 29, 2011
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
4047 Chapel Dr.
New Franken, WI 54229
Located one mile east of Champion on Kewaunee County Trunk K
Contact: Karen Tipps
Phone: (920) 866-2571
Web site: www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com
Who we are: The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 345,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.
Deacon Ray DuBois
Director of Communications
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