Praised be Jesus Christ!
I pray that your Easter was as wonderful and blessed as mine was. I would like to offer a special word of thanks to all the servers, lectors, ushers, musicians, sacristans, church cleaners and decorators as well as to everyone else who put in so much extra work during Holy Week to make our church and our liturgies so beautiful and edifying.
As I mentioned in my Pastor’s Corner article a couple of weeks ago, the World Apostolate of Fatima’s Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace is underway and coming to our parish! The historic tour, which marks the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, will feature the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue that has been traveling worldwide for nearly 70 years. The presence of this special Statue (sculpted by Jose Thedim in 1947, based on Sr. Lucia’s description of her encounters with Our Lady) is a great gift to our community. This statue is one of only a small handful of documented cases of statues that have wept tears.
Blessed Sacrament is hosting the tour of this statue on May 8th. It will be an extraordinary occasion of healing, hope and grace. Please join us that day to hear the story of Fatima and see this beautiful statue that set out from Fatima in 1947 to bring the graces of Fatima to all who might not ever be able to make a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. We are bringing the pilgrimage to you!
On the morning of May 8th, the statue will be available in the church for veneration all day beginning at 6:00 am and will be present for both the 6:30 am and the 8:00 am morning Masses. We will also be praying a rosary in the church every hour on the hour from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. At 2:00 pm, the school children will have their May Crowing Ceremony and at 6:00 pm we will have a scapular enrollment and talk from the statue’s custodian about the history of Our Lady of Fatima. We will then offer a special Mass and procession with the statue at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these events. I pray that you will be able to join us in this great day of events.
In Christ, through Mary,