National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Celebrates ‘National Novena’

A special line-up of speakers will be featured as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help celebrates its second National Novena, Oct. 1-9. The National Novena offers nine days of reflection and prayer and brings hundreds of pilgrims to the National Shrine in Champion, Wis.

“The National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help brings pilgrims together for prayer in celebration of the Blessed Mother,” said the Most Rev. David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay. “I invite everyone to join us, whether here or across the country, to pray this novena leading up to the feast day.”

The National Novena begins Oct. 1 with the theme, Mary Queen of Families. The guest speaker will be Dr. Mary Amore, executive director of Mayslake Ministries and a distinguished theologian, author and blogger on Catholic teaching. Presentations will take place each day of the National Novena.

The first day of the National Novena includes a Children’s Rosary Rally. Children visiting the Shrine are invited to bring their tricycles and bicycles to ride along the Shrine’s Rosary Walk.

The National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help concludes with the Miracle of the Fire Prayer Service Oct. 8 and Apparition Day, Oct. 9.

The Miracle of the Fire Prayer Service remembers October 8, 1871 when the Shrine was spared from the Peshtigo Fire as the area faithful gathered with Adele Brise and prayed through the night. An all-night adoration begins at 7 pm with an outdoor Eucharistic Rosary Procession. This includes an hourly group rosary throughout the night, into the morning of Oct. 9.

Apparition Day commemorates the day in 1859 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Adele Brise and told her to “gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.” The Apparition Day Mass will take place at 11 am followed by the Anointing of the Sick.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is located at 4047 Chapel Drive in Champion, centrally located between Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. It is open 7 am – 7 pm daily. For more information visit

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