Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has issued the following message regarding the Month of the Rosary:
As the Catholic Church concludes its commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the six appearances of the Blessed Mother to three young children in Fatima, Portugal, our attention is drawn to her Rosary. This familiar prayer invoking Mary’s intercession invites us to meditate upon the mysteries of the life of her Divine Son, Jesús. Through its twenty decades, Mary leads us to him. The month of October, which includes the October 7 feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, is especially set aside and dedicated to this wonderful prayer. In Mary’s apparitions to the children — Lucia Santos and her cousins St. Jacinta and St. Francisco Marto — she asked the children to pray the rosary every day and to invite the whole world to do the same. As Bishop, I encourage all Catholics of the Diocese to make this powerful devotion part of your daily prayer, especially during this month.
UNITED NATIONS -- The message of peace Mary gave to three shepherd children 100 years ago at Fatima, Portugal, is still timely and urgent in 2017 and is an ongoing reminder that flashes of the divine are revealed in unexpected places, according to speakers at a May 12 U.N. panel. More ... Tuesday, May 16, 2017
In nearly six months, faithful around the Diocese and indeed the world will gather to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, which culminated the Virgin Mary’s visitations to that small Portuguese town. More ... Tuesday, May 16, 2017
FATIMA, Portugal – Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.
"We declare and define Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto as saints," the pope said May 13 as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims broke out in applause before he finished speaking.
VATICAN CITY -- In a video message to the people of Portugal, Pope Francis said he would visit Fatima as a pilgrim of peace and to entrust the world to Mary's immaculate heart. More ... Thursday, May 11, 2017
In an advisory proclamation dated May 5, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has informed his flock of the Plenary Indulgence opportunity granted by Pope Francis in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. The indulgence is part of the Our Lady of Fatima Centennial, which began Nov. 27, 2016 and extends until Nov. 26, 2017.
The Bishop explains the three ways to obtain the plenary indulgence, detailed in a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal. His text follows:
VATICAN CITY -- While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary's messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike. More ... Friday, April 21, 2017