First World Day for Grandparents and Elderly
The Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life announced the celebration of the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, on Sunday 25th July. This World Day will become a fixed event, to be celebrated every year, on the fourth Sunday of July, the memorial of Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Mother Mary.
The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20). It expresses the closeness of the Lord and the Church to every older person, especially in these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Not only are grandchildren and youths invited to be present in the lives of older people, but older people and grandparents also have a mission of evangelization, proclamation and prayer, and of encouraging young people in their faith.
To further encourage the celebration of the World Day in local churches and associations, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life will offer pastoral tools from mid-June, which will be available on the website www.amorislaetitia.va
The World Apostolate of Fatima invites all its members to join in this commemoration by organizing at their local level some celebration, to mark the importance of the family and the great contribution of grandparents in the task of evangelization, inspired also by the message of Fatima.
Postponement of the International General Assembly
To Leaders and Members of the World Apostolate of Fatima: After evaluating the present reality of the pandemic in the world, we and our Board of Trustees, have decided, once again, to postpone the W.A.F. General Assembly until year 2022. The new dates will be communicated to you as soon as they are fixed.
The reasons for this decision are all associated with the pandemic Covid-19. Although the reality may be quite different from one country to another, both in terms of the daily number of Covid cases or the ongoing vaccination process; the fact is that we are far from having the pandemic controlled. Therefore, since our General Assembly is an international event that gathers people from many different countries, for a full week, in Portugal, we consider too risky, at this stage, both for the Secretariat and for you, to begin preparations for attending a meeting, not knowing how the pandemic will evolve in the coming months. We trust there will be some good improvements during this year so that the situation will be much better, next year.
We thank you for your understanding and hope that in 2022, we may all meet in Fatima to celebrate the international Assembly and to pray and give thanks to Our Lady of Fatima.
WAF Online Store offers proximity to Fatima
In this difficult time of pandemic, when the majority of the devotees of Our Lady cannot travel to Fatima, the online store of the World Apostolate of Fatima is a precious instrument to bring a piece of Fatima to the people who love this place so much. This platform has been online for several years and offers a selection of rosaries, sculptures, books, devotional items and souvenirs, as well as exclusive items of our association.
The store, which is integrated in the website of the Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima, also offers visitors the possibility to send their prayer intentions and to purchase candles to be burned at the Shrine of Fatima as well as to request the celebration of Holy Masses.
The purchase of sculptures of Our Lady of Fatima, in wood, handmade by a sculptor from Portugal and customized according to the tastes of each client, is another service made available through the online store.
Our customers, from all over the world, can make their purchases directly at https://shop.worldfatima.com/. To do so, they must first register as a customer. After that, they can purchase any item, following the indications given throughout the purchase process. The prices of the items can be viewed in Euros or in US$. After completing their shopping, customers immediately receive information about the total payable, including the shipping costs. They must complete the process by making payment through PayPal or by bank transfer.
Our catalogue contains exquisite items and is being constantly updated so that we can give the best possible response to our customers' requests. If you wish to purchase an item that is not available in our store, you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do everything we can to help you. We speak your language!
By purchasing through our online store, you are helping the World Apostolate of Fatima, a non-profit public association of the faithful, whose mission is to bring the message of Our Lady into the whole world.
Special Year of Saint Joseph
Pope Francis has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” starting on 8 December 2020, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and extended to the same date in year 2021. This decision, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX, is an opportunity to turn our eyes and prayers to Saint Joseph, model of a beloved and obedient father, who despite his discreet and hidden presence, played an incomparable role in the history of salvation.
Reflecting on Saint Joseph, particularly at this time of the coronavirus pandemic, can strengthen our faith and inspire our actions. Many are making hidden sacrifices to protect others, just as St. Joseph quietly protected and cared for Mary and Jesus.
In the message of Fatima, God calls us to turn our eyes to the Holy Family of Nazareth, particularly with the apparition of October 13th, 1917. Sister Lucia writes in her Memoires: “After Our Lady had disappeared into the immense distance of the firmament, we beheld St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady robed in white with a blue mantle, beside the sun. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus appeared to bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the Cross with their hands.”
This vision, reminds us that in these troublesome times, we can and should turn to the Holy Family to draw inspiration for our own lives. In particular, we can turn for help to Saint Joseph, the head of that household, the protector and provider of the Holy Family.
The World Apostolate of Fatima, having Saint Joseph as one of its patron Saints, whose statue with the Child Jesus stands on the top roof of Domus Pacis, the headquarters of our International Apostolate, prays for his powerful intercession for strengthening families, the Church, our Apostolate and asks him to bless the world with Christ’s peace.
Replicas of the Little Chapel of the Apparitions of Fatima
The World Apostolate of Fatima, as a policy designed by its International Board, has been promoting the construction of replicas of the Chapel of the Apparitions of Fatima, located in Portugal, for its regional centers, namely, in the Philippines – Asia, in the Czech Republic – Europe, in Panama – Central America and in Samoa – Oceania. The establishment of the official replicas of the Chapel of the Apparition is a process that requires the approval of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, in Portugal.
Although the present pandemic crisis is delaying the works of these projects, there are already positive developments that we wish to report here.
In Panama, on 13 October 2019, the Archbishop José Domingo Mendieta, with the support of the World Apostolate of Fatima, announced publicly the creation of a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, in Panama City, whose core will be a replica of the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. The announcement was made to the assembly gathered at the Basilica Santa María la Antigua, followed by the presentation of the video with the model of the project, much appreciated by all. The Archbishop, in the letter he wrote to the Rector of the Shrine of Fatima, asking permission for this had explained: “With this chapel we aspire to give pilgrims in Panama and the world an evangelizing welcome, worthy and filled with the Lord’s love and His Mother’s spirituality, from the Message that She conveyed at Cova da Iria and that nowadays is more alive than ever in the heart of the Panamanians”. The members and friends of the World Apostolate of Fatima in Panama have since then, carried various initiatives to fundraise the building of this shrine in the hope to begin soon erecting it.
In the Czech Republic, precisely at Koclirov, where the World Apostolate of Fatima has its national centre, the first stone for the replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions was launched and blessed on the 3rd October 2020. The date also marked the 25th anniversary of the Apostolate’s presence in this country.
Bishop Jan Vokal of the diocese where the centre is located presided the ceremony with the presence of the faithful, who had gathered there also for the First Saturday’s devotion. He encouraged the assembly to see in this symbolic act towards building the replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions, precisely in a place marked by much suffering during the time of communism, the celebration of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and ulterior encouragement for a deeper Marian devotion. In the place where the chapel is to be built stands now, a wooden arch with two lamps, just identical to the porch that had been built by the people at the site of the apparitions in Cova da Iria, in year 1917, to mark the sacred place.
In Samoa Island, in the Pacific, the plan to build the replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions was a decision taken during the Oceania Regional Congress of the World Apostolate of Fatima, held there in 2019. The members of the Apostolate, willing to build their own national center for the Apostolate, presented the proposal to their Archbishop and included in it the plan to integrate in the same construction also the replica of the chapel of Fatima. This was accepted and the archdiocese already made available the needed land for the construction. In this way, the center with its replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions, will serve as a missionary nucleus for the New Evangelization and the promotion of the Message of Fatima and devotion to Our Lady for the Region of Oceania
The World Apostolate of Fatima of the Philippines, has also accepted the invitation to initiate the building of the only replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions in Asia. After consulting the archbishop of Cebu, the territory where the chapel is being built and having also received the permission from the Shrine of Fatima, the project was quickly put on motion. A new Foundation entitled “Três Pastorinhos de Fatima” was created to deal with everything related to this major and challenging work, supervised by the World Apostolate of Fatima of Cebu.
At present, the progress of the works is notable. Although there is still a lot of work to be finished, the main structure of the building is concluded. The quite place in the Cebu hills has already hosted the celebration of the Holy Mass, on each 13th of the month, with the number of pilgrims growing from month to month. This is to ask God’s intercession and protection for this project and at the same time to make the place known to many people. However, the official plan is to dedicate the new “Capelinha” on the 13th of October 2021.
The World Apostolate of Fatima hopes that the establishment of these new replicas of the Chapel of the Apparitions, in addition to the existing ones in USA, Puerto Rico and Brazil, will facilitate and increase, in these regions, devotion to Our Lady and the formation of the faithful into the spirituality of the authentic Message of Fatima. Places that will be like beams of light shining God’s mercy to humanity.
The support of many, both through prayer and financially is much appreciated to enable us to fulfill this dream.
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