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Our Lady of Good Help
Champion, WI, USA (1859)

Commemorated on October 9
Our Lady of Good Help October 9 of 1859, the Blessed Mother showed herself to a devout 28-year-old Belgian farm woman named Adele Brise in the area of Robinsonville, Wisconsin. Mary stood in white between two trees, then slowly vanished, leaving a white cloud after her. The Blessed Mother desired evangelization. She wanted Adele to show others the Catechism.

History

Timeline
 
January 30, 1831
 
Marie Adele Joseph Brise was born
 
August 7, 1855
 
Lambert and Marie Brise purchased 240 acres of land in the town of Red River, Wisconsin.
Oct 9, 1859
 
First apparition of the Virgin Mary to Adele Brice (Brise). Adele could see the beautiful lady, clothed in dazzling white, with a yellow sash around her waist. Her dress fell to her feet in graceful folds. She had a crown of stars around her head, and her long golden wavy hair fell loosely over her shoulders. Such a heavenly light shone around her that Adele could hardly look at her sweet face. Overcome by this heavenly light and the beauty of her amiable visitor, Adele fell on her knees.
 
Oct 15, 1859
 
When Adele told her parents, they wondered if it was a poor soul who needed prayers. On the following Sunday the young woman had to pass there again on her way to Mass at Bay Settlement, which was the nearest place, when she saw the Virgin again.
 
When she asked what the apparition wanted, Mary responded:
 
"I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning and that is good. But you must do more. Make a general confession and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them."
 
1859
 
A small oratory was built of logs.
 
1861
 
A second chapel was built as a frame structure.
 
1865-1868
 
Between these dates a frame convent and school was built near the Chapel.
 
1869
 
A school known as St. Mary's Academy was formally announced.
 
October 8, 1871
 
The "Great Fires of Northern Wisconsin," popularly known as the "Peshtigo Fire" raged.
 
October 8, 1871
 
The Great Chicago Fire
 
1880
 
A third chapel was built as a brick structure.
 
July 5, 1896
 
Sister Adele Brise dies at the Chapel.
 
Dec 8, 1941
 
The Most Reverend Paul P. Rhode, Bishop of Green Bay, laid the cornerstone for the fourth Chapel.
 
July 12, 1942
 
The new Chapel was dedicated by Bishop Rhode under the title of "Our Lady of Good Help."
 
January 2009
 
Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay opened an investigation into the authenticity of the apparitions
 
Dec 8, 2010
 
Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay declared the apparitions to be authentic, making them the first approved 

Description

"... there appeared between two trees, one a maple and the other a hemlock, which stood for years after, a blinding white light which paralyzed the poor girl with fear. She cowered before it and prayed rapidly and breathlessly as the light took definite form, and between the trees stood a marvelously beautiful lady, clothed entirely in dazzling white garments, with no touch of color save a wide yellow sash or girdle. Her hair was auburn; her eyes deep and dark and she bore a radiant and kindly smile. Adele trembled with fear. The vision faded gradually away." (Green Bay Gazette, August 13, 1925)
 

Approval

Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona of Green Bay placed his imprimatur on a booklet describing the events and containing the messages.
 
In 2009, the most Reverend David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, opened a formal Church investigation into the Marian apparitions that occurred in 1859 on the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. While considered private revelation, the task of the commission was to review all the historical information on the apparitions, as well as the life of the visionary Sister Adele, and test their consistency with Public Revelation as guarded by the Catholic Church.
 
On December 8th, 2010, Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay declared the apparitions to be authentic, making them the first approved apparitions in the United States.
 
Reading from his decree, the Bishop stated, “I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful.”
 
This declaration makes the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only Marian shrine in the United States that is on the site of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayers

PRAYER AFTER HOLY COMMUNION FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS
Penned by: Rev. Mr. Edward Lee Looney
 
Eternal Father, I kneel before you this day with a grateful heart because you have allowed me to receive the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus in Holy Communion.
 
Thank you for sending the Queen of Heaven to earth with a message calling us to conversion and emphasizing the sacraments. For when she appeared to Adele Brise in 1859, she asked her to offer her Holy Communion for the conversion of sinners. Just as Adele did long ago, I wish to do likewise this day.
 
I offer to you, Eternal Father, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of your Son, for the conversion of sinners, including my own conversion, in reparation for sin, and the salvation of souls. Through Our Lady’s maternal solicitude may the hearts of hardened sinners return to the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist, especially to Sunday Mass, and to daily prayer.
 
As I go forward from this Holy Mass, help me to fear nothing knowing that you are with me and are always guiding me and that Our Lady constantly intercedes for me. Make me aware of your presence this day and always. Amen.
 
Source: http://www.ignitumtoday.com/2015/01/28/help-mary-mission-offer-communion/

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Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help (Champion, WI, USA)

On these grounds over 150 years ago, the Holy Mother appeared to the young Adele Brise and instructed her to teach the children in the faith. This is where Sister Adele b...

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