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From the Desk of Father Mac
 

Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 14th, 2017


My Dear Friends in Christ,

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the miraculous apparitions of Our Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal. On May 13, 1917, three shepherd children named Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco saw a vision of Our Lady of Fatima who was dressed in white and holding a rosary. These apparitions lasted through October of the same year, and brought messages of prayer, repentance, and reparation.

The apparitions were declared to be of “supernatural character” by the Catholic Church in 1930, and a shrine was erected near the original apparition site in Fatima. Since then, thousands of pilgrims have made their prayerful journeys to Fatima, including three popes: Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI. To mark the centenary, Pope Francis is in Fatima this weekend and will canonize two of the Fatima visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

The message of Fatima highlights many central truths and devotions of the Catholic faith: the Trinity, the Eucharist, penance, devotion to the Rosary, conversion of sinners, and a special emphasis on the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She has the heart of a mother who cares for her children and wishes them to be saved by her divine Son, Jesus.

The apparitions at Fatima began during the Russian Revolution and the First World War. In the midst of war, genocide, and persecution, Our Lady delivered a message of grace and peace, to say that God is with us, he doesn’t abandon us, and the mercy of God has a higher limit than the power of evil. This is a message as timely today as it was 100 years ago.

I am very pleased to announce that The Blue Army Pilgrim Virgin replica of Our Lady of Fatima carved directly from Portugal is coming to Saint Cyril’s from June 16-18, 2017. Pope Francis has granted a Plenary Indulgence for the100th Fatima Anniversary for the faithful who will pray with devotion before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima and go to Confession and Communion. More details regarding this visit this will follow soon.

As we honor Our Blessed Mother on the Fatima Anniversary this weekend, we also honor all mothers. I extend my prayers and blessings to all of our mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, living and deceased, along with my best wishes for a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


In Christ,
 

Pastor

 

For Information, please contact the Parish Office at  info@st-cyril.org or phone 818.986.8234


 

 

St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234
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Image of artwork in header - Used with permission (one-time use only)  from: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI.
Title: "St Cyril of Jerusalem" - Artist: Anthony Visco, Atelier for the Sacred Arts, Philadelphia, PA - Shrine’s website: guadalupeshrine.org


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