Centenary of the Death of Saint Jacinta Marto
The World Apostolate of Fatima, in conjunction with the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, is convoking all of the faithful to join the great celebration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Saint Jacinta Marto, on the 20th of February 2020. On this day, the Church celebrates the liturgical feast of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto, the Little Shepherds of Fatima, canonized on May 13th, 2017.
The proposed program for the celebrations includes a vigil of adoration and reparation to the Blessed Sacrament, in the company of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on Wednesday, 19th of February, 2020, eve of the Feast day. This vigil will be offered for the intention of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in our days.
On the Feast day itself, the World Apostolate of Fatima encourages that all around the world, celebrations and acts of piety are offered to honor God and Our Lady, through the veneration of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto. Such acts can include the meditation of the Rosary; veneration and procession with the icons or statues of Our Lady of Fatima and Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco, the votive Mass of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta, for the unity and strength of the Church and some talks or activities specifically directed to school children, to teach the spirituality of the little shepherds of Fatima.
It is important that the heroic virtues of the two new saints are made known throughout the universal Church, presenting them as models for holiness. Saint Jacinta, a model of missionary and active life for the evangelization of the world. Saint Francisco, the consoler of God and the reparative soul. These are the two schools for sainthood.
The program at the Shrine of Fatima, in particular the celebrations held at the Chapel of the Apparitions, can be followed by internet through http://live.worldfatima.com
Commemorative Book on the Centenary of Fatima
The World Apostolate of Fatima, through its Secretariat, published a commemorative book, in English, on the celebrations of the Centenary of Fatima, titled:“FATIMA CENTENARY AROUND THE WORLD”. The book was released to the public on October 13th, 2019, anniversary date of the last apparition of Our Lady in Fatima.
With 160 illustrated pages, this book offers the reader, through beautiful photos and texts, a summary of the main activities and celebrations of the World Apostolate of Fatima during year 2017, to mark the centenary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima. A special dossier is also dedicated to the events held at the Shrine of Fatima, in Portugal, during this time, with a special focus on the pilgrimage of Pope Francis and on the canonization of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto.
Leaders and members of the World Apostolate of Fatima, from Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania, have contributed for the making of this book by sending their reports.
Prof. Américo López-Ortiz, the WAF international President, writes in the Editorial, that “this beautiful book we are offering you is not only a major souvenir of the ephemerides but moreover, an instrument for evangelization and catechesis to educate the faithful to comprehend and appreciate the marvels of the Heart of the Mother.”
The book is now available for distribution from the International Secretariat in Fatima. If you wish to have a copy of this book and treasure the everlasting memories of the Centenary of Fatima, kindly visit our online store at https://shop.worldfatima.com/
Second Oceania Regional Congress in Samoa
From the 8th to 13th of October 2019, the World Apostolate of Fatima will hold its second Oceania Regional Congress, in the beautiful Pacific Island of Samoa, in Apia City, as part of the formation program for all nation members. The first Oceania Regional Congress was held in Suva, Fiji Islands, in year 2015.
The main theme for this regional conference is “Mary, our Queen Mother of unity and salvation”. The meeting open to members of the World Apostolate of Fatima as well as to observers from the Oceania region, will focus on the pastoral work of the Apostolate, especially the new evangelization program in Oceania, drawn from the Fatima message, which presents a challenge also for this region.
The six days programme is outlined in such as way as to include various moments of prayer, that is, daily Mass, Rosary and Adoration. Alongside with this, there will be talks offered on the message of Fatima, such as the First Saturdays of reparation and the importance for our modern times, the meaning of the consecration of the world to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as well as some other specific formation topics, of major concern for this part of the world.
In order to immerse also in the local culture, there will be a cultural evening and some sightseeing tours in the island. Those wishing to participate or to gather more information on the Congress, please contact the WAF International secretariat at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Formation Program on the Message of Fatima
The World Apostolate of Fatima in the Philippines is offering a 7-day Comprehensive Formation Program on August 11-18, 2019 at the Don Bosco Retreat House, Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines. This intensive program is open to the leaders of the Fatima Apostolate in the Philippines as well as from any other country.
This initiative comes in line with the thrust and top priority of the World Apostolate of Fatima which is “the formation of leaders, lay people and families according to the ever relevant and ever urgent Message of Fatima”, and is also the first fruit of the 3rd WAF Asian Congress which was held in February, at Calcutta, India.
The Formation Program of the Basic Seminar, developed in two main modules, will cover various topics, both about the catechetical elements of the Message of Fatima and about the communication skills of leaders.
The need for formation in the Apostolate is also a direct answer to Our Lady’s instruction to the three shepherd children when she said to on June 13, 1917: “I want you to learn to read…”. The leaders of the World Apostolate of Fatima must be fully equipped with the knowledge of the Message so that they can in turn properly evangelize and teach others to heed Our Lady’s call at Fatima.
Fatima Anniversary Pilgrimage of May 2019
The International Anniversary Pilgrimage of May 12th and 13th of May, this year at the Shrine of Fatima, Portugal, will be presided over by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines.
With this, a special attention is given to the Asian continent, now that the number of pilgrims from that region, coming to Fatima, is increasing year after year. As an example, in the first four months of the current year, the Sanctuary of Fatima registered sixty of these groups that participated in the official celebrations of the Shrine. The South Korean pilgrims were the most expressive Asian group followed by the Philippines and the Sri Lankan.
The World Apostolate of Fatima, with a massive presence also in the Philippines, is encouraging people to make that experience of a pilgrimage to Fatima, by offering the richness of Our Lady’s message and, in this way, to awake in people the desire to come to Fatima, at least once in a life time. In line with this, at the end of May, the Apostolate in the Philippines will hold its 22nd Biennial National Convention in Tangum City, with the theme: “Time of Grace and Mercy: To Give Thanks to Pilgrimage in the Church and the Filipino Youth”, in tune with the pastoral theme of the Shrine of Fatima for year 2019.
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