Men carry a statue of Our Lady of Good Health Vailankanni at the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown on Sept. 9, 2017.


On Saturday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m., the Miraculous Medal Shrine, the area Indian Catholic community and St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church will collaborate to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni with a procession with the statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni, a special prayer for the sick, the Miraculous Medal novena, a Solemn High Mass, the Novena to Our Lady of Vailankanni, and prayer of the rosary in different languages.

The Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni, also known as Our Lady of Good Health, celebrates apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the town of Velankanni, Tamil Nadu, India, in the 16th and 17th centuries. These apparitions are associated with miracles.

Mass will be celebrated by Father Vinod Madathiparambil, pastor of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Forane Catholic Church and Father Michael J. Carroll, C.M., director of the Miraculous Medal Shrine.

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is located at 500 East Chelten Ave. in Philadelphia.

For more information, contact Colleen Buckley, Central Association of the Miraculous Medal at 215-532-5783,  267-240-7705 or