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Bishop encourages flock to pray the Rosary
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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.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

St. Denis Parish, Manasquan, observed the Fatima visitations by stationing a lit candle before the parish’s Our Lady of Fatima window after morning Mass May 13. More ...
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Mary's message at Fatima still timely, urgent 100 years later, says panel
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
Centenary celebrations of Fatima commence around the Diocese
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 seers become church's youngest non-martyred saints

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.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Pilgrimage to Fatima a time of prayer, encounter, pope says
LEIRIA, Portugal -- Pope Francis said his two-day pilgrimage to Fatima would be a time of prayer and encounter with Jesus and Mary. More ...
Friday, May 12, 2017
Parishes plan special observances for Fatima anniversary
Processions, prayer services, parish missions and Mass intentions are among the ways parishes around the Diocese have chosen to observe the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Pope says Fatima visit is pilgrimage of peace and hope
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
Bishop O'Connell issues advisory on Plenary Indulgence for Fatima Centennial

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:  
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Friday, May 5, 2017
Prayer cells still a vital part of World Apostolate of Fatima
WASHINGTON -- Millions of baby-boomer Catholics grew up hearing the phrase "Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima" in their churches and Catholic schools. More ...
Friday, April 21, 2017
Fatima at 100: Story of apparitions continues to attract attention
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

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