This year the Church celebrates the Centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal. To mark this great event, the World Apostolate of Fatima England and Wales (WAF), is arranging for the National Pilgrim Statue with the Relics of the seers Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta to travel around Wales and England.
On Saturday 5th May 2017 the Statue and Relics will be welcomed to St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff for the 10.00am Mass and will remain at the Cathedral until the Vigil Mass (5.30pm) and be present for the Sunday Morning Choral Mass (11.00am).
On the Saturday, the Rosary and devotions will take place together with veneration of the Relics and enrolment into the Brown Scapular. At 3.00pm on Sunday 6th May, it is hoped that a procession with the Statue will take place from the Cathedral on Charles Street to the the Gardens of Nazareth House for the annual May Procession, Rosary and Crowning. This will conclude with the 6.00pm University Mass.
The National Pilgrim Statue was crowned by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on 18th February 2017 at Westminster Cathedral to inaugurate the Centenary celebrations. In an over flowing cathedral the Cardinal said:
“The Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is on a journey around the cathedrals of England and Wales in these coming months. I pray that this will be a time of grace for many, as they honour Our Lady of Fatima in this centenary year.”
On Wednesday 10th May at 9.00pm the Statue and relics will be the focus for the annual candlelit procession at Belmont Abbey.
The Month of May will close with the visit of the Statue and Relics to the Welsh National Shrine of Our Lady of the Taper at Cardigan Saturday May 27th 10.00am and then to the Diocese of Menevia and the Cathedral Church of St Joseph for the Vigil Mass and Sunday Masses 27th/28th May.
For Further information please contact Father Jason Jones. Spiritual Director for Wales of the World Apostolate of Fatima
Church of the Sacred Heart, School Rd Morriston Swansea SA6 6HZ. Click here to email Fr. Jason Jones