On the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, the parish of All Saints Newport will play host to the National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima along with relics of the Fatima Visionaries.
On this day in 1917 Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. She appeared six times to Lucia, 9, and her cousins Francisco, 8, and his sister Jacinta, 6, between May 13, 1917 and October 13, 1917. During the backdrop of the First World War and just before the Communist Revolution, the Virgin appeared to these children saying “Please don’t be afraid of me, I’m not going to harm you.” She asked the children to pray the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and an end to war. She told the children she was “the Lady of the Rosary”.
Also on this day in 1981 an assassination attempt was made on the life of Pope St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father attributed the miracle of the saving of his life to Our Lady of Fatima. The parish will also make their relic of Pope St. John Paul II available for visit and veneration.
The event takes place at St. Mary’s RC Church, Stow Hill, Newport. NP20 1TP. The schedule for the day will be:
2:00pm – Statue processed into the church with service of welcome and crowning.
3:00pm – The Hour of Mercy is kept.
4:00pm – 6:00pm – A chance to pray before the statue and visit the relics with Rosary prayed every half hour.
6:00pm – Directed Holy Hour.
7:00pm – Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima in English with procession around church.
8:00pm – Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima in Polish.
9:00pm – End.