100th Anniversary Year of the Apparitions at Fatima
In today's world, many of us...no.....all of us .....are constantly dealing with all sorts of problems.....stress.....loneliness and fear. Some of us have parents or brothers or sisters that are aging or ill and our hearts break for them. Others maybe have already lost our parents and miss them in our lives. Some of us are dealing with illness and pain....constantly meeting with doctors....going for tests ...and suffering with those illnesses 24 hours a day...even in the darkness and quiet of night. Whether we are young and going through the stress of school or work....a little older and dealing with raising families or aging parents.....or elderly dealing with aging issues, loss of our friends and illness.
Life can be difficult. Life can be lonely.
But through all these struggles, you are not alone....and there is hope....the powerful hope given to us by Our Blessed Mother....new hope and strength and comfort given to us through special devotions such as Our Lady of Fatima.
You are not alone! Our Blessed Mother is here for you!
On Sunday, May 13, 1917, Our Blessed Mother appeared to three children. Their glances fell upon a small oak tree directly in their path. A dazzling light hovered over the topmost branches, with the form of a lovely lady standing atop the tree in the light, her feet hidden in a shimmering cloud. She wore a long white dress, and the mantle over her head and shoulders reaching to her feet was edged in burnished gold. Her hands were joined before her breast, and from the right hand hung an exquisite Rosary of white pearls. As one of the children later described her, she was a lady more brilliant than the sun.
When asked about the role of Our Lady in God’s plan for salvation, Padre Pio responded by saying that "all graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother."
Indeed, he credited the Virgin of Fatima with saving his life after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
On May 13,1981, in St. Peter's Square, exactly 64 years after the first apparition of the Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal; a gunman took aim at the Pope with a handgun. Four bullets hit John Paul II....one bullet missed his central aorta by a few millimetres — had it not missed this, the Holy Father would have been killed instantly. Pope John Paul was convinced that Our Lady of Fatima had saved his life.
On May 13th, we began the 100th Anniversary Year of those apparitions.
I invite you to come join us over the next few months.....to honor our Blessed Mother, to pray with us...to remember those apparitions.....and to join us for a time of plenary indulgence in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima
We have arranged for our church to have our own statue of Our Lady of Fatima, placed on our altar, allowing our parishioners to share right here in our parish, the opportunity to receive the benefits of a plenary indulgence. You can find details of how to obtain this special plenary indulgence on our website and in our parish bulletin.
I hope you can come share this special 100th Anniversary Year together with us, your parish family, and share in the special caring graces of Our Lady of Fatima.
Come find new hope, new strength, new comfort through the caring of Our Blessed Mother and this special devotion.
You are not alone! We have a Mother! She is waiting for you!
She is here for you! Always.