Join the St. John Paul II Society for the 100th Anniversary Vigil of the final Fatima apparition: the Miracle of the Sun!
Thursday, October 12, 7:30PM
Church of St. Vincent Ferrer
869 Lexington Ave (at E. 66th Street)
Presented for the first time for public veneration:
Relics of Saint Jacinta of Fatima – the Church’s youngest non-martyr saint
Together with relics of St. John Paul II – the Fatima Pope
Including personal effects of the sainted Holy Father direct from Rome
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bernardito C. Auza, Titular Archbishop of Suacia and Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations will celebrate Mass.
Msgr. Slawomir Oder, postulator of St. John Paul II’s cause for canonization, will preach.
On May 13th, 1917, “a beautiful young lady, clothed in radiant white light” appeared before three shepherd children in a hollow known as the “Cova da Iria” near the town of Fatima in Portugal. She promised to return to the place on the 13th day of every month until October, when she would tell them “who she was and what she desired.”
At first the children’s reports met with scorn and derision, but on the thirteenth day of each month a crowd grew and people reported seeing atmospheric disturbances during the children’s vision.
Finally, on October 13th 1917, before a crowd estimated at 70,000, the torrential rain that had been falling all morning suddenly stopped and the clouds immediately parted, revealing the sun spinning on its axis and appearing to plummet towards the earth.
People panicked, some running in terror while others made desperate acts of contrition. But the sun returned to its place in the sky, the clouds dissipated and Lucia, the oldest of the three children, related what the woman had told her: She called herself “the Lady of the Rosary” and warned all people to amend their lives, saying “Do not offend Our Lord anymore. He is already much offended.”
“Fatima is, first of all, a dreadful warning to the world to stop sinning,” writes Fr. Thomas McGlynn, O.P. “The enormity of mankind’s rebellion against God and God’s infinite aversion for sin form the foundation of the Fatima message. Then He gives the sinner hope in the revelation that He will accept repentance made through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Fatima manifests the most misunderstood of the divine attributes – justice and mercy.”
After submitting your prayer intention, you will be redirected to a page where you will have the opportunity to make a gift in support of the St. John Paul II Society Shrine and Dominican vocations.