August 13, 2017-Our Lady of Fatima Procession

Join the Sisters at 7:00 p.m. for a procession to their shrine and Rosary in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's Appearance at Fatima.

On August 19, 1917, Mary appeared to the three children for the fourth time; they were not present in the Cova da Iria on August 13, 1917, as they had been taken away by the Administrator for questioning.  The children were interrogated and threatened by the Administrator over the course of two days; Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta even spent a few hours in a jail cell with criminals - all for the purpose of getting the children to reveal what Mary had spoken to them.  The children were released on August 15th to the delight of their families.  It was not until August 19th that Mary appeared to them.

Lucia comments on Mary's appearance on August 19th:

"I was accompanied by Francisco and his brother John.  We were with the sheep in a place called Valinhos, when we felt something supernatural approaching and enveloping us.  Suspecting that Our Lady was about to appear to us, and feeling sorry lest Jacinta might miss seeing her, we asked her brother to go and call her.  As he was unwilling to go, I offered him two small coins, and off he ran.

Meanwhile, Francisco and I saw the flash of light, which we called lightning.  Jacinta arrived, and a moment later, we saw Our Lady on a holmoak tree.

'What do you want of me?'

'I want you to continue going to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, and to continue praying the Rosary every day.  In the last month, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe.'

'What do you want done with the money that the people leave in the Cova da Iria?'

'Have two litters made.  One is to be carried by you and Jacinta and two other girls dressed in whilte; the other one is to be carried by Francisco and three other boys.  The money from the litters is for the "festa" of Our Lady of the Rosary, and what is left over will help towards the construction of a chapel that is to be built here.'

'I would like to ask you to cure some sick persons.'

'Yes, I will cure some of them during the year.'

Then looking very sad, Our Lady said: 'Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.'

And She began to ascend as usual towards the east" (180).

(Sister Lucia.  Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words.  Fatima, Portugal: Secretariado dos Pastorinhos, 2005.)