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  • Prayerful, public commemorations mark 100th anniversary of Fatima
    Amid the busyness of a typical Saturday afternoon on business-lined High Street in Burlington City, a sense of quiet and prayer prevailed Oct. 14 on the front plaza of All Saints Church.

    Passers-by in cars and those on foot glanced in the church’s direction as about 50 faithful prayed before a prominently displayed statue of Our Lady of Fatima and a large banner bearing a simple, yet striking message: Pray.
  • The way Father Scott Shaffer sees it, preaching the Word of God and bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ are a priest’s top priorities.
  • Evangelization the focus of Our Lady of the Rosary observances
    Parishes across the Diocese opened their doors to faithful of the wider community Oct. 7 as they prayed and reflected on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
  • With October designated as the month of the Rosary, and Oct. 13 being the 100th anniversary of the miracle of the sun at Fatima, the recitation of the Rosary has been especially encouraged by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.
  • Bishop encourages flock to pray the Rosary
    Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has issued the following message regarding the Month of the Rosary:

    As the Catholic Church concludes its commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the six appearances of the Blessed Mother to three young children in Fatima, Portugal, our attention is drawn to her Rosary.  This familiar prayer invoking Mary’s intercession invites us to meditate upon the mysteries of the life of her Divine Son, Jesús.  Through its twenty decades, Mary leads us to him.  The month of October, which includes the October 7 feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, is especially set aside and dedicated to this wonderful prayer.  In Mary’s apparitions to the children — Lucia Santos and her cousins  St. Jacinta and St. Francisco Marto — she asked the children to pray the rosary every day and to invite the whole world to do the same.  As Bishop, I encourage all Catholics of the Diocese to make this powerful devotion part of your daily prayer, especially during this month.

    St. Denis Parish, Manasquan, observed the Fatima visitations by stationing a lit candle before the parish’s Our Lady of Fatima window after morning Mass May 13.
  • Centenary celebrations of Fatima commence around the Diocese
    In nearly six months, faithful around the Diocese and indeed the world will gather to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, which culminated the Virgin Mary’s visitations to that small Portuguese town.
  • UNITED NATIONS -- The message of peace Mary gave to three shepherd children 100 years ago at Fatima, Portugal, is still timely and urgent in 2017 and is an ongoing reminder that flashes of the divine are revealed in unexpected places, according to speakers at a May 12 U.N. panel.
  • Fatima seers become church's youngest non-martyred saints

    FATIMA, Portugal – Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.

    "We declare and define Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto as saints," the pope said May 13 as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims broke out in applause before he finished speaking.

  • Pilgrimage to Fatima a time of prayer, encounter, pope says
    LEIRIA, Portugal -- Pope Francis said his two-day pilgrimage to Fatima would be a time of prayer and encounter with Jesus and Mary.
  • Parishes plan special observances for Fatima anniversary
    Processions, prayer services, parish missions and Mass intentions are among the ways parishes around the Diocese have chosen to observe the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions.

  • Pope says Fatima visit is pilgrimage of peace and hope
    VATICAN CITY  -- In a video message to the people of Portugal, Pope Francis said he would visit Fatima as a pilgrim of peace and to entrust the world to Mary's immaculate heart.
  • Bishop O'Connell issues advisory on Plenary Indulgence for Fatima Centennial

    In an advisory proclamation dated May 5, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has informed his flock of the Plenary Indulgence opportunity granted by Pope Francis in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. The indulgence is part of the Our Lady of Fatima Centennial, which began Nov. 27, 2016 and extends until Nov. 26, 2017.

    The Bishop explains the three ways to obtain the plenary indulgence, detailed in a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal. His text follows:  
  • Prayer cells still a vital part of World Apostolate of Fatima
    WASHINGTON -- Millions of baby-boomer Catholics grew up hearing the phrase "Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima" in their churches and Catholic schools.
  • How the church determines a true Marian apparition
    VATICAN CITY -- When it comes to Marian apparitions, the Catholic Church takes a prudent approach that focuses more on the message than the miracle.
  • Fatima at 100: Story of apparitions continues to attract attention
    VATICAN CITY -- While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary's messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike.
  • Pope to canonize Fatima seers May 13; October date for other saints
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13.

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