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100th Fatima Anniversary Special Indulgence

         Our Lady of Fatima www.thecalltofatima.com100th Fatima Anniversary Special Indulgence

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017.

 There are three ways of obtaining the indulgence. To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfil the ordinary conditions : go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

  1. Make a pilgrimage to the shrine

The first way is for “the faithful to make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration or prayer dedicated to the Virgin.” In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed, and invoke the Mother of God.

  1. Pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima

The second way applies to “the pious faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary.”

Regarding this second way, the rector of the Fatima Shrine stated that the visit to the statue of the Virgin, “does not necessarily have to be only at Fatima or exclusively in Portugal,” but can be done anywhere in the world.

Those seeking an indulgence must also pray an Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima pray for us.

  1. The elderly and infirm

The third way to obtain a plenary indulgence applies to people who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around.

These individuals can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017.

They also must “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”

Dates for the calendar for the Fatima indulgence

13th of May 2017

13th June 2017

13th July 2017

13th August 2017

13th September 2017  

13th October 2017

 

 

Spiritual Exercises for lent: Day 29 & 30

Spiritual Exercises for lent: Day 29

Let the word “Sorry” be on the top of your agenda today! Make peace and find joy. Say sorry to those who you have mistreated, done wrong and hurt. Ask God’s help for courage to face difficult situation to lead to forgiveness.

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Spiritual Exercises for lent: Day 30

Return to or start the practise of good old Catholic devotions like making sign of the Cross passing the Church, blessing yourself with the Holy Water, making morning and  evening offering, saying grace before and after meals, praying the Angelus, family Rosary, praying for the deceased, Saint Michael the Archangel/ Guardian Angel prayers, reciting Divine Mercy Chaplet, consecrating yourself to the Immaculate heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus or hanging the  two hearts images in your home.

Spiritual Exercises for Lent:Day 27 & 28

Spiritual Exercises for Lent: Day 27
Pray for the Souls in Purgatory who have nobody to pray for them
 
Spiritual Exercises for Lent: Day 28
Pray for your deceased relatives and friends

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Exercises for Lent: Day 16

Spiritual Exercises for Lent: Day 16

Spend this day in silence, find a silent corner and listen to God’s voice in silence. Stop at least for few minutes if you are very busy and find this precious time for even more precious reflection.

Sister Lucia of Fatima and the Five First Saturdays devotion

Sister Lucia of Fatima and the Five First Saturdays devotion

“It is true, my daughter, that many souls begin the First Saturdays, but few finish them, and those who do complete them do so in order to receive the graces that are promised thereby. It would please me more, if they did Five with fervour and with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of your heavenly Mother, than if they did Fifteen in a tepid and indifferent manner…”

 Fragment from the book “Fatima in Lucia’s own words”, written by Sr Lucia, p. 196

The Highlights of The Call to Fatima Triduum in Dublin 7-9th October 2011

The highlights of the Triduum in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary that took place in Dublin  7 to 9th October 2011:

 Fr Andrew Apostoli inspirational talk about the Message of Fatima for today1. The Poor of Dublin receiving 500 Rosary Beads and some requested Fr Andrew to be enrolled in the Brown Scapular for Our Lady’s protection as they walk the streets at night. This was the first time they were contacted in this way and they made us all feel so welcome at the feeding station they called the Day Centre.

Fr Andrew Apostoli talks to people in the Day Centre about the Rosary

 2. Continuous Adoration and promotion took place over the three days promoting the International Eucharistic Congress in June 2012.

3. Over 70 school children heard the stories about the three children of Fatima with the visit of the Angel and all the children were enrolled in the Brown Scapular and each child received Rosary beads and a free copy of the award winning film The Call to Fatima DVD to share with their families at home. There were children from many different faiths but it was not an issue for the children or the teachers.

4. Close to 5000 Rosary beads were distributed free and a similar number was enrolled in the Brown Scapular over the three days by Fr Andrew Apostoli (Franciscan of the Renewal – Vice postulator for Archbishop Fulton Sheen -Based in New York / EWTN ). Our Lady told us that world will be saved by the prayer of the Rosary and the Brown Scapular=)

Sr Angela Coelho talks about the importance of the Rosary

5. Great highlight of The Call to Fatima Triduum in Dublin were Confessions, Rosary recited in many languages,Holy Mass and music from Louise Irvine and the inspired talks by Fr Andrew, Sr Angela (based in Fatima and is the Vice postulator for the cause of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta) and Thomas McCormack which appeared to uplift the faithful.

 6. All who attended were encouraged to start the Rosary and the devotion to the Five First Saturdays and Adoration in their parish.

7. Several people asked The Call to Fatima film team to come to their parish and present the Message of Fatima to their parishioners.The light of Fatima was shining brighter in Dublin on the feast day of the Rosary / First Friday from the 7 to 9th October.

Jacinta, Lucia and Francisco at the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

“The new generation that God foretold would be born of this woman, will triumph in the battle against the progeny of Satan, to the point of crushing its head. Mary is the Mother of this new generation, as if she were a new tree of life, planted by God in the garden of the world so that all her children can partake of her fruit.

When we see how dependent the child is on its mother in early months of its formation in the womb, we could almost say that the heart of the mother is the heart of the child. And we can say the same of Mary, when She carried the Son of the Eternal Father in her womb.

Thus we see that devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary must be established in the world by means of a true consecration, through conversion and self-giving. In the same way, through the consecration, the bread and wine are converted into the Body and Blood of Christ, which were drawn with his very life from the Heart of Mary.

Hence it is that this Immaculate Heart must be for us a refuge and the way that leads us to God.
Mary, made one with Christ, is the co-Redemptrix of the human race.”

Sister Lucia of Fatima

“Pray the Rosary every day!” asked Our Lady in Fatima

Sister Lucia was asked by Our Lady of Fatima to pray the Rosary every day![During the very first apparition, on 13th May, 1917, Our Lady asked: “Pray the Rosary every day!” , and this request was to be repeated by her every month until October.

So, calling to mind the insistence with which God, by means of the Fatima Message, recommends the prayer of the Rosary, and also all that the Church’s Magisterium has said about it over the years, we can conclude that the Rosary is a form of vocal prayer which, in general, suits all of us, for which we should have the highest regard, and which we should make the greatest effort never to abandon…

I assure you that the Rosary is a biblical prayer and that it is part of the sacred Liturgy

The saying of the Rosary is the form of prayer which has been most recommended by all the Popes who served the Church in recent centuries.

His Holiness John Paul II expressed his intimate feelings, and his way of living the prayer of the Rosary in these words of 29th October, 1978: “A prayer marvellous in its simplicity and in its depth! In this prayer, we repeat over and over again the words which the Virgin Mary heard from the Archangel and from her cousin Elizabeth. The whole Church joins in these words. (…) At the same time our heart can include in these decades of the Rosary all the events which go to make up the life of the individual, the family, the nation, the Church, and the whole of humanity. Thus the simple prayer of the Rosary marks the rhythm of human life.(…) A prayer which is so simple and so rich! I cordially exhort all to pray it”. ]

This fragment is taken from the book “Calls from the Message of Fatima” written by Sister Lucia, page 270

What is your testimony regarding a prayer of the Rosary? We would like to hear your thoughts. Please share a Message of Hope.

Prayer.Sacrifice.Union.

“Pray and make sacrifices so that our whole life may be a holocaust offered to God on the arms of our day-to-day cross, in union with the Cross of Christ, for the salvation of souls, co-operating with Him in his redemptive work as members of his Mystical Body, the Church, which works, prays and suffers in intimate union with its Head for the redemption of humanity.”

Sister Lucia,  page 103 book “Calls from the Message of Fatima”

The Power of Prayer by Sister Lucia

Prayer is necessary for all, and we must all pray, whether our prayer is vocal, mental or contemplative.
Vocal prayer– that is addressed to God in words.
Mental prayer– talk to God about the subject on which you are meditating, for example, an increase in faith, humility, charity or a spirit of sacrifice, in order to overcome our repugnances and difficulties, defects and temptations.
Contemplative prayer– even closer intimacy with God, in which those practising in it enter more deeply into presence of God within them, abandoning themselves more intimately to the work of the grace, light and love of God within them. Wrapped in a supernatural atmosphere, the soul allows itself to be imbued, raised up and transformed by the action of God within it, purifying and absorbing it.

There is another kind of prayer: it is the “Prayer of our work”, of the performance of all the duties in our state in life in a spirit of humble submission to God, because it was He who imposed on us the law of work.
There is nothing on earth which can be compared to the happiness experienced by a soul in intimate union with God!
“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you (Mt7, 7-8)

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