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Celebrating the Fatima centennial

Image: Our Lady of Fatima pilgrim statue on Flickr, by denniscallahanphotosOur Lady of Fatima: 100 years of grace 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young visionaries in the town of Fatima in Portugal.  

Special Report from May FAITH Grand Rapids

This report is excerpted from Fatima, 100 years of grace by the World Apostolate of Fatima, U.S.A. – Our Lady’s Blue Army. If you would like to read an in-depth account of the miracle, its history and the lives of the children, accompanied by historical photography, visit 
The story
During World War I, Pope Benedict XV made repeated, but forlorn, pleas for peace. Finally, in May 1917, he made a direct appeal to the Blessed Mother to intercede for peace in the world. Just over a week later, Our Lady began to appear at Fatima, Portugal, to three shepherd children: Lucia dos Santos, age 10, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, ages 9 and 7. However, it was in the previous year, 1916, that the children had their first supernatural encounters with an Angel as a means of preparing them to receive the Queen of Heaven.
(Read the full report | See a Timeline and Fatima prayers)

Masses with Bishop Walkowiak - May 13, 2017

Bishop Walkowiak celebrated Masses to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (IHM), Grand Rapids, and at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Shelby on May 13.

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Mass and reception at IHM

Other Events

Held on May 13
  • Rosary Rally, St. Isidore Church, Grand Rapids in the grotto near the rectory (handicap accessible), Noon
  • Rosary Rally outside Cathedral Square Center (corner of Wealthy St. & Division Ave. S.), 2:30-3:30 p.m. Details
  • Fatima rosary, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Grand Rapids, 3:45 p.m. (followed by Mass at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Fatima Speaker Series, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish 
    Join Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish to celebrate a century of the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Six evenings with major addresses about the Fatima message, adoration, rosary, solemn benediction and convivial celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. on May 13, June 13, July 11, Aug. 13, Sept. 13 and Oct. 13. Details 

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