Oct. 13 marked the centennial of Our Lady’s apparitions and the Miracle of the Sun in Fátima, Portugal. Five Wounds Portuguese National Church commemorated this occasion with three days of Masses and spiritual activities that highlighted the Fátima message focused on the prayer of the rosary, the prayer for peace, contrition and reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The celebration began with confessions, Mass and a live candlelight Rosary on the steps of the church. Each rosary decade was led by native speakers of Portuguese, Spanish, English, Vietnamese and Tagalog. Hearing prayer in the diverse languages praising God was moving.
The following day, Mass was celebrated and during the homily a story was highlighted of a parishioner who experienced a healing miracle after her family experienced a conversion as a result of hearing and living Our Lady’s message in Fátima. Mass concluded with a candlelight procession around our church when the Rosary was prayed and religious hymns sung.
During family morning Mass, children performed a play that summarized the apparitions of the Angel and Our Lady in Fátima. At the Portuguese Mass, a special Blessing of the Sick was given to those in need. During Sunday’s homily, Father António Silveira highlighted stories of faith, healing and graces obtained by parishioners who offered their prayers to Our Lady of Fátima. All attendees participated in prayers of consecration to Our Lady and renewed their commitment to prayer and spiritual growth.