World celebrates Fatima at 100
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.
The Blessed Mother appeared to Lucia dos Santos, 10, and her cousins Francisco, 9, and Jacinta Marto, 7, once each month from May 13 to Oct. 13, 1917. Her messages emphasized the importance of the Trinity, the Eucharist, penance, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the need to recite the rosary for peace and the conversion of souls.
More than 4 million people are expected to visit Fatima for this year’s centenary celebrations. For those who cannot travel to Fatima, several events and special Masses are scheduled throughout the Diocese of Erie to mark the 100th anniversary.
The remaining Fatima events in the Diocese of Erie:
■ The 13th of every month, 8 a.m. to noon, St. Gregory Church, North East—The parish’s Our Lady of Fatima statue will be solemnly displayed for public veneration beginning at 8 a.m. Mass and rosary.
The shepherd children of Fatima, Portugal.
■ The 13th of every month, and Aug. 19, Carmelite Monastery chapel, Erie—A statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in the chapel for veneration. An 8 a.m. Mass with Marian/Fatima hymns, followed by a prayer in her honor and prayers for the Holy Father to gain the indulgence. All are welcome to make a visit to her during regular chapel hours from 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
■ May 13 to Oct. 13, St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville—Public veneration of the Our Lady of Fatima statue. Special Masses will be held on apparition dates: May 13 at 4 p.m., June 13 at 7 p.m., July 13 at 7 p.m., Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m., Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
■ May 13 to Oct. 13, St. Ann Church, Erie—Masses on the 13th of every month, confessions, rosary recitation, Fatima devotions, and a special movie presentation each month on Our Lady of Fatima.
■ St. Joseph, Force—Outdoor Fatima shrine in the church cemetery is accessible during daylight hours. Parking is available. For group visits, contact Father Mark Mastrian, pastor, at 814-787-4151.
■ Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mercer—Fatima statue on display one weekend per month through October. Mass at 8 a.m. on June 13. Holy hour at 7 p.m. on July 13. Anointing of the Sick at all Masses Aug. 19-20. Holy hour and benediction at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 and Oct. 13.
■ June 13 at 6 p.m., St. Anthony of Padua Church, Cambridge Springs—Father David Poulson, spiritual director of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Erie Diocesan Division, will lead a procession and deliver a homily on the secrets of Fatima.
■ Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., St. Peter Cathedral, Erie—Rosary Walk. Bishop Persico will participate, as well as preach the homily. Sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima, Erie Diocesan Division.
■ Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Church, Erie—The parish Fatima statue will be processed into the church. There will be Mass and Anointing of the Sick, with Bishop Emeritus Donald Trautman presiding.
■ Oct. 15 at 3 p.m., Kennedy Catholic High School, Hermitage—Rosary march.