August 13, 5:30PM, HOLY MASS WITH PROCESSION AFTERWARD
On the 13th of each month, from May thru October, join in a very special Holy Mass and procession in honor of the apparitions of Our Blessed Mother to three Shepherd Children in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal.
The Rosary is prayed before Mass. Confessions are heard beginning one half hour before Holy Mass if it is on a weekday.
Each Holy Mass concludes with a procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima from the Church to the outdoor Grotto, chanting Marian Hymns and Prayers to Our Lady of Fatima. Please join in this special day to honor Our Blessed Mother!
FOURTH APPARITION OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA – August 13, 1917
During World War I, Pope Benedict XV made repeated but forlorn pleas for peace, and finally in May 1917, made a direct appeal to the Blessed Mother to intercede for peace in the world. Soon, 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. Fatima was a small village about 70 miles north of Lisbon.
August 13, 1917 – As August 13th approached, the story of the apparitions had reached the anti-religious secular press, and while this ensured that the whole country knew about Fatima, it also meant that many biased and negative reports were circulating. The children were kidnapped on the morning of the 13th by the Mayor of Vila Nova de Ourem, Arturo Santos. They were interrogated about the secret; but despite his threats and promises of money, they refused to divulge it. In the afternoon they were moved to the local prison and threatened with death but determined that they would die rather than reveal the secret.
Late in the afternoon on August 19, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta were together at a place called Valinhos, near Fatima, when they again saw Mary, who spoke to Lucia: “Go again to the Cova da Iria on the 13th and continue to say the Rosary every day.” Mary also said she would perform a miracle, so all would believe and that if they had not been kidnapped it would have been even greater.
Looking very sad, Mary then said: “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them.” With that she rose into the air and moved towards the east before disappearing.
By now the children had thoroughly absorbed Mary’s plea for prayer and penance, and did everything they could to answer it. They prayed for hours while lying prostrate on the ground and went as long as they could without drinking in the burning heat of the Portuguese summer. They also went without food as a sacrifice for sinners to save them from hell, the vision of which had so profoundly effected them. They even knotted some pieces of old rope around their waists as a form of mortification, not removing them day or night.
Our Lady of Fatima Prayers: http://www.fatimacentennial.com/fatima-prayers