Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, missiles…oh my! What is God doing? Actually, a better question is what are we doing? And more specifically, what are you doing on October 13, the anniversary of the last apparition of Fatima where an estimated 70,000 people watched the sun leave its orbit and spin?
To mark this occasion, the first-ever candlelight Rosary procession at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be held on October 13. Everyone is invited to come or watch the live broadcast on EWTN TV. His Excellency Donald Cardinal Wuerl will lead the historic candlelight Rosary procession and also lead us in a prayer of entrustment for individuals and families to Our Lady of Fatima’s Immaculate Heart.
Eternal Word Network (EWTN) will broadcast live at 7 p.m. ET from, to over 140 nations. Father Mitch Pacwa, EWTN TV and radio personality explains more here.
Earlier that day, at 10 a.m. ET, EWTN will broadcast the 15th annual Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour from the Basilica. This annual event spiritually unites the children of the world before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, making reparation to console Jesus and to pray for their families, countries and world. Fr. Chris Alar, MIC Director of the Association of Marian Helpers of the Immaculate Conception, will preside. Father Alar encourages all Catholic schools to participate in their parishes.
The day’s events have been planned by two humble ladies in Minnesota, Connie Schneider, director/president of Children of the Eucharist and Maureen Wong, vice-president. They felt something big should mark this 100th anniversary so they stepped out in faith. To donate to assist with the many expenses, please go here.
“Many people are worried about the state of the world,” Schneider said. “This is something everyone can participate in; to light a candle and to entrust families, our country and the world to the care of Our Lady of Fatima.” She encouraged everyone to do something. “People can participate in this event or one closer to home,” Schneider said. “And if they are not able to attend anything, they can still unite with everyone by lighting a candle from their home and turning on EWTN.”
To pray along, you can order the children's prayer booklet.
Quotes from Our Lady of Fatima
“Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it. These souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by me to adorn his throne.”
“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war [World War I] is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.”
“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.”
Mary told Lucia to announce that she promised to provide, at the hour of death, the graces necessary for salvation to those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, confessed, received Holy Communion, recited five decades of the rosary, and kept her company while meditating on the mysteries of the rosary for fifteen minutes, all with the intention of making reparation to her.
Please join us for the celebration on October 13 and tell everyone that you know about it.