Feasts of Mary
Our Mother of Good Counsel has been called the Madonna of the Popes. Pope Leo XIII deserves to be ranked among the great lovers of this devotion. He established the white scapular worn by her servants, and his motto is like a watchword to the clients of Mary: "Children," he told the faithful, "follow her counsels!" To all she gives what is most needed to help us in this vale of tears; she gives us her Good Counsel . The Feast is celebrated on April 26th.
The feast of Our Lady of Fatima was approved by the local bishop in 1930; it was added to the Church's worldwide calendar in 2002. This feast is celebrated on the date of the first Apparition of Our Lady to the three children in Fatima, Portugal. When speaking with Bernadette, Mary told her,
"I am the Immaculate Conception."
The Feast is celebrated on May 13th.
FEAST OF THE VISITATION
Mary, having heard that her cousin Elizabeth had conceived also, left her home to spend three months helping Elizabeth. When she arrived, Mary sang her song of praise, known as the Canticle of Mary of Magnificat (Luke 1: 39-56). The Feast of the Visitation is celebrated on May 31st.
SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
The solemnity of the Assumption (Holy Day of Obligation) celebrates that at the end of her life, Mary was taken to heaven, body and soul. The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15th.