WILMINGTON, MA — St. Dorothy and St. Thomas Catholic Churches will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima on Friday, May 19, 2017.
Both churches will welcome the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima Statue in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.
“The parishioners of the St. Dorothy and St. Thomas Churches are honored and humbled to welcome this statue to Wilmington during this special time of the year,” said Ron Colbert, the Catholic Community Event Coordinator. “We welcome all to join us in the celebrations at both churches.”
The St. Dorothy visit will begin with a 8:30am Rosary followed by a 9am Mass, with Reflection/Visitation Hours until noon. The Statue Custodian will present a brief talk on the Message of Fatima and the World Apostolate of Fatima at 9:30am in the church’s hall.
The St. Thomas visit will begin with a 2pm Mass and Rosary, with Reflection/Visitation Hours until 6 pm.
About The Statue
This Statue is an image of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima as she appeared in 1929 to Sister Lucia in Tuy, Spain. It was during this apparition that Our Lady asked for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. This Statue was blessed by Pope Francis on October 23, 2013 at the conclusion of the Wednesday audience 10 days after his consecration of the world to Our Lady of Fatima on October 13. It was formally introduced at the 2014 March for Life in Washington, D.C. The United Nations will celebrate the Centenary on May 12 with numerous programs.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Catholic Community of Wilmington and South Tewksbury.)
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