The highlight of the Centenary Year of Our Ladyai??i??s apparitions from May to October 1917, has been the canonisation at Fatima on May 13 of Francisco and Jacinta by Pope Francis, who thus became the first children in the history of the Church to become saints in the ordinary course of their family life.
To honour Our Lady, the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) has organised a Visitation programme of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue to the Cathedrals of England and Wales, together with relics of Saints Francisco and Jacinta.
This programme began on Saturday February 18, when Cardinal Nichols received, blessed and crowned the Statue in Westminster Cathedral. So many people came, that the doors had to be closed. Since then the dioceses of Cardiff, Southwark, Shrewsbury, Menevia, Nottingham, and Plymouth, Arundel and Brighton and Birmingham have received the Statue, and the Visitations will continue until October.
In his homily Cardinal Nichols said that devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so central to her message, ai???is a way for us to say ai???yesai??i?? from the depths of our hearts ai??i?? which is why today we consecrate afresh ourselves, our lives, our country, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that we can always be saying ai???Yesai??i?? to the Lord, with all our heart, with all our will, from the centre of our being. And only Mary can teach us how to do this.ai???
He also emphasised the importance of the Rosary and of praying it in the family, which he recalled doing as a child.
On September 23 and 24, the Statue and Relics will be visiting the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich, and the highlight of the weekend will be Holy Mass said by Bishop Alan Hopes with a post-communion Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mass will be preceded by the enthronement & crowning of the National Fatima Statue, and followed by veneration of the Relics of Saints Jacinta & Francisco, and enrolment & investiture of the Brown Scapular.
There will also be Fatima Talks and devotions over the weekend, including the Rosary.
Saturday September 23
10am – Solemn Reception of Relics followed by Mass. Relics met at the West Door by Bishop and Chapter. After Mass, relics and statue moved to Walsingham chapel for veneration of relics
2pm – Rosary (followed by presentation in Narthex)
3pm – Rosary and veneration
4pm – Mass in Polish followed by veneration
6pm – Vigil Mass followed by veneration
7.30pm – Pilgrim Service followed by Brown Scapular enrolments and veneration
9pm – close of the Cathedral
Sunday September 24
7.30am – Cathedral opens
9am – Mass followed by veneration
11am – Mass followed by veneration and Brown Scapular enrolments
1.30pm – Holy Hour and Rosary led by youth of the diocese
3.30pm – Syro Malibar Mass
5.30pm – Rosary in Portuguese
6pm – Mass in Portuguese followed by veneration
7.30pm – Pilgrim Service followed by Brown Scapular enrolments
9pm – close of the Cathedral
The Walsingham part of the Programme from September 25 to 27 is billed as a time of Pilgrimage Retreat. It will include a varied programme of Mass, Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Evening Vigils and Processions. Also talks on the Message of Fatima, Five First Saturdays, Rosary & Fatima Devotions, Prayers for Peace, for Marriage and for Life, Enrolment in the Brown Scapular, Veneration of the Relics of St. Jacinta and St. Francisco, DVD on Fatima, Fatima devotional materials and books to buy & much more.
It will be led by a varied team of priests & people with Fr Simon Chinery, priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, leading the main part of the Retreat.People are invited and welcome to attend all or part of this Pilgrimage Programme – Just turn up!
Contact Antonia for full programme details on:email@example.com
Mgr John Armitage will receive Our Lady of Fatima into Walsingham at the 12 Noon Mass on Monday September 25.
Bishop Alan will lead a Holy Hour with Our Lady of Fatima at 3pm.
Please note that you will need to book your own accommodation and meals during this time. The Catholic Pilgrim Bureau is on 01328820217 or book online via the website or The Dowry of Mary Retreat Centre – 01328 821293.
Pictured above is the Fatima statue in Westminster Cathedral. Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk
Donal Anthony Foley is the Secretary of WAF England and Wales