May, the Month of Mary
Offer Flowers to Our Lady!
The month of May is traditionally the month of Mary, in the Catholic Church. For centuries, is has been common to organize special devotions for Our Lady in May. The daily recitation of the Rosary, the decoration of altars with a statue or picture of Mary, the crowning of the statue of Mary with beautiful blossoms, the visits to Marian shrines, among others.
As we enter this special month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and in preparation for May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, we would like to invite you to make of this time a special time for Our Lady. A time we turn to Mary with confidence, asking her for peace and comfort, as we live in these times of uncertainty, with a war going on in Ukraine and with so many people suffering.
The World Apostolate of Fatima is inviting everyone, and in particular the children and their families, to make the 13th of May a beautiful day of prayer and entrustment to God through Mary’s Immaculate Heart. It would be good if you pray at home the Rosary or some of your devotional prayers to Our Lady of Fatima, preferably before a statue or picture.
If you do not have a Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at home, you can purchase one from our online shop https://shop.worldfatima.com/ You can also buy a beautiful Rosary made of rose petals!
But above all we would like to invite you to be united with us on May 13, by offering flowers to Our Lady of Fatima. In this way, with your donation, flowers will be offered to Our Lady at the Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima, as a sign of your filial love and affection towards Her and with your personal intentions. Please visit here.
May 13, 2022: Children Pray for Peace
As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, this May 13th, we come to invite you to promote among children and youngsters, on this day, a special prayer day for peace in Ukraine, in families and the whole world, entrusting our children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The circular letter from the WAF International President encouraging all to join in this effort can be read here.
Song writer and singer Anna Nuzzo has also composed a prayer song to inspire children to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Watch the video here, in English.
Let us unite our children in ‘PRAYER and SONG’ in our families, parishes and schools, helping them to honor our Blessed mother and to live Our Lady’s message of peace, entrusted to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal!
O Virgin Mary, my Mother, I give to your Immaculate Heart, my body and my soul, my thoughts and my actions. I want to be just what you want me to be and do just what you want me to do. I am not afraid because you are always with me. Help me to love your son Jesus, with all my heart and above all things. Take my hand in yours so I can always be with you. Amen
Korea and Germany united in prayer for peace
Inspired by the request made by the president of South Korea during a visit to Austria, for prayers for a peaceful reunification of Korea, the World Apostolate of Fatima of the diocese of Würzburg, in Germany is promoting a Fatima prayer event for May 13th, 2022 both in South Korea as well as in Germany, with the intention to pray for peace in Korea, in Ukraine and in the whole world.
During his visit of state to Austria, in 2021, former President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, also visited the Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, where he stated that faith is the basis of his political action. He asked, above all, for prayers for the reconciliation and peaceful reunification of the peninsula of Korea. Responding to this appeal and as a thanksgiving gesture for the peaceful reunification of Germany in 1989/90 and the end of the cold war, the diocesan division of the World Apostolate of Fatima in Würzburg, Germany, decided to organize a major prayer event on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
In collaboration with the World Apostolate of Fatima in South Korea and the International Secretariat, such event is scheduled to happen in South Korea and in Germany, on May 13th, 2022. On this day, members of the Fatima Apostolate and other devotees will gather at the Shrine of Peace, at the border between North and South Korea, as well as in Würzburg, Germany, to pray to God and to Our Lady for the reunification of Korea, as well as for peace in Ukraine and in the whole world. May the example of Germany’s peaceful reunification inspire and give new hope to the Korean faithful to continue their fight for peace.
General Assembly of the World Apostolate of Fatima
The World Apostolate of Fatima, in compliance with its international Statutes, is holding its General Assembly from the 23th to the 28th of October 2022, in Fatima, Portugal. This is a major event in the life of our association, every four years, gathering the representatives of our Apostolate from various countries.
Our last International General Assembly took place in year 2016, with more than 120 participants from 29 countries. In 2020, we had plans to meet again but with the Covid-19 outburst we were forced to change plans and postpone it. Now, despite all the uncertainties, the International Board of Trustees and the Secretariat have decided to hold the WAF General Assembly this year, having fixed the dates of October 23-28 for its realization in Domus Pacis, Fatima.
Delegates and Observers from all over the world will gather for a 5 day program that will include, among other things, the presentation of national activity reports, formation talks on the message of Fatima, elections to the Board of Trustees and the preparation of the pastoral plan for the Apostolate. The program will also include a pilgrimage to the holy sites in Fatima as well as to other religious / cultural places. More information on the program and registration details can be obtained by contacting the International Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
While preparations of this event are already on the way, the World Apostolate of Fatima invites all its members and friends to pray for the success of this meeting which will be dedicated to Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto. Here you find the official Prayer for the General Assembly for your own use.
Replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions of Fatima in the Philippines
A replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions of Fatima was built in the Philippines. The dedication and blessing of this chapel is on April 4, 2022, the anniversary of the departure to heaven of St. Francisco Marto, one of the seers of Fatima. The initiative comes from the World Apostolate of Fatima in the Philippines and is endorsed by the archdiocese of Cebu. The Chapel is located in the municipality of San Remigio and it is the first construction of its kind, in the country and throughout Asia.
The replica of the Fatima Chapel project was officially launched on February 20, 2020, feast of Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, through the blessing of the first stone. With the supervision of the archdiocese of Cebu, in the person of its bishop Mons. José S. Palma, a foundation "Três Pastorinhos de Fátima" was also established to manage and monitor the whole process. Despite the constraints imposed by the pandemic, the new liturgical site is completed and ready to be inaugurated, coinciding with the Jubilee celebrations of 500 years of Christianity in that country.
The program of the blessing and dedication of the replica of the Fatima Capelinha, on April 4, includes, among other moments, the Eucharist with the rite of consecration of the altar, the enthronement of the Image of Our Lady of Fatima and the relics of the two shepherd’s saints, in the presence of numerous devotees from all over the country.
From Portugal, a delegation representing the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and the International Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima will participate in this solemn act.
The World Apostolate of Fatima considers that this replica of the Chapel of Fatima in the Philippines, as well as others that already exist in Brazil, in the United States of America and in Puerto Rico, will help strengthen the ties of the Filipino people with the Portuguese sanctuary and increase Marian devotion, particularly by living the spirituality of Fatima. These pilgrimage centres are authentic signs of the maternal presence of Our Lady and of God's mercy.
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