The Church of Saint Mary will host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 8:45 AM to 8:00 PM. The Statue arrives at St. Mary’s through the efforts of the World Apostolate of Fatima, the organization named by the Vatican to be the official conveyor of Church teaching on the message of Fatima.
The Statue is a beautiful hand carved work of art, crafted according to the descriptions of Sister Lucia, one of the Fatima visionaries. She was given to the United States by the Bishop of Fatima, blessed by Pope Paul VI in 1967 and has been traveling through the Unites States since then. Considered the official presence of Fatima in the United States, many miracles and healings are attributed to this statue.
The Rosary Society and the Pastoral Staff of St. Mary’s have worked closely with the World Apostolate of Fatima to present a full-day of celebration and prayer in her honor with activities including the Welcome and Unveiling Ceremony at 8:45 AM followed by Mass at 9:00 AM, the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary at 9:40 AM, and a presentation by the Statue custodian, William Sockeye at 10:00 AM will explain how the message of Fatima is more important now than ever and what we can do to earn the blessings on our Country that Our Lady promised if her requests were fulfilled. The day will continue with recitation of the Rosary, Marian Vespers and time for private prayer and veneration.
In addition, the Knights of Columbus Father William A. Daly Council #2122 will be providing and all-day Honor Guard, an informative video on Fatima will be playing in the Marian Room, and material from the World Apostolate of Fatima will be offered for sale.
All those interested in attending this celebration at any point during the day are welcome to St. Mary’s Parish. A downloadable itinerary can be found on www.stmary.ws under the Parish Calendar of Events. To learn more about the World Apostolate of Fatima, please visit our Facebook page, Church of Saint Mary, Manhasset. The Church of Saint Mary is located at 1300 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY 11030. For additional information, please contact Cathy Morrissey, event coordinator at 516-627-4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.