From the Desk of Father Mac
Fifth Sunday of Easter
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
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