Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine is a Tiny Shrine in Sri Lanka, the beautiful island of the Indian Ocean. The Bandaranayake International Airport in Sri Lanka is situated just 5 km away from Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine and several tourist hotels with modern facilities are situated on the coastal belt of Negombo. The distance from these hotels to Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine is only 7 km.
This beautiful Shrine, even though it is tiny, is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is known as “Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine”. This Shrine is a Shrine where Blessed Virgin Mary appears. So far, She has appeared in this Shrine for 23 occasions. When Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in Lourdes, before Bernadette, and as well as when She appeared in Fatima, before the 3 children, namely, Lucie, Francis and Jacintha, She has delivered messages. Similarly, whenever Blessed Virgin Mary appears in this Shrine, She delivers various messages to the world. People who have various faiths, as well as people who belongs to various religions, comes to this Shrine to participate in the Liturgical Celebrations.
People, who come to this Shrine, strongly believe that they will receive special help and graces from Blessed Virgin Mary. They are used to request help and graces from Blessed Virgin Mary by kneeling before her Statue which is placed in this Shrine because their hopes have been fulfilled. There are huge number of sick people who have requested help and graces like this and who have obtained privileges. Among them were people who were suffering from incurable diseases, diseases which could not be diagnosed, and also people who were to undergo risky operations to cure their ailments, have come to this Shrine, and have got cured.
Blessed Virgin Mary Appears in this Shrine before the Most Holy Apostolic Father, His Holiness Rohan Lalith Aponso. His Holiness the Apostolic Father comes before the people, every Saturday at 4.00 pm. When he comes before the people, he blesses them and accepts their request letters in which they have mentioned their pains and sorrows. He prays for them and asks Blessed Virgin Mary to grant their requests through her blessed intercession. People who were suffering from incurable diseases, and people who were suffering from diseases which could not be diagnosed, have come to this Miraculous Ground, according to their faiths, and have received the Apostolic Blessing of His Holiness the Apostolic Father, and have obtained the cure for their ailments. Even today, it is still happening. People are highly enthusiastic to see His Holiness the Apostolic Father to their own eyes, and to obtain his blessing without any religious differences.
Not only sick people, but also people who have lost all hopes in their lives, and people who have ruined their own family lives, and parents who are suffering due to the violent and uncultured activities of their children, and businessman who are facing losses in their businesses, and people who are shedding tears because they have made their lives miserable, have come to this Shrine, and have received blessing and consolation.
A special Information Bureau has been set up to plan and to organize all facilities for the Tourists and Pilgrims who wish to visit the Shrine. Tourists and Pilgrims who wish to obtain further information, and who wish to reserve hotels which are situated 7 km away from the Shrine, and who wish to organize pilgrimages to the Shrine, could contact the “Information Office for Tourists and Pilgrims” through the following Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to get information about the scheduled Liturgical Celebrations, which will be presided over by the Most Holy Apostolic Father, His Holiness Rohan Lalith Aponso, and also wish to know how to obtain his blessing or wish to obtain any other information, you could contact the “Inquiries Officer of the Shrine” through the following Email Address: email@example.com