OUR BLESSED MOTHER
SMILED ON US
The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima visited our church on May 19th.....and Our Blessed Mother smiled on all of us.
From the time the Pilgrim Statue arrived at our church at noon, the stream of people wanting to see her and pray before her never stopped. Over 4,000 people participated in the day's events or came to our church just to visit and pray before her.
Over a thousand people, including our school children, parishioners from our own church, other parishes in Brooklyn, members of our New York City Police Department and Catholics from all over New York City came to celebrate her arrival with a special crowning of her statue....with hundreds more coming to pray before her every single hour after that.
In the evening, our church was filled with over 2,000 people who either participated in a special rosary, a mass celebrated in her honor ....or both.
From the first minute the Pilgrim Statue arrived, Catholics of all ages.from all walks of life.....those who are suffering from illness.....the elderly....the very young.....married couples.....mothers carrying their babies.......school children of all ages ....all prayed before her and left humbled and inspired.
People of all ages found it impossible to control their emotions as tears of happiness ruled the day here in our church. No one wanted to leave her presence.
Our Blessed Mother smiled on all of us .....and held us close to her.
I am so very proud of all our parishioners. The outpouring of support for this visit was overwhelming. I am also so very impressed by all the many visitors from all the other parishes in Brooklyn.
For this visit....this one day....this one moment ....we were all members of the same parish, the same Catholic family.
For this one moment....we all came together.....stopped everything else in our lives and made the Blessed Mother the center of our lives....
....and the Blessed Mother smiled on all of us.
This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. This was an experience that none of us will ever forget...an experience that created memories for each of us that will last our lifetimes.
I am so happy and so very honored that I was able to share this experience with all of you.
Monsignor Robert J. Romano