October 1, 2017
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Amen I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you.”
Our Lady of Fatima
One hundred years ago this year, Our Lady appeared to three young shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. These apparitions have been approved by the Church as authentic, and we are encouraged to call upon the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima.
On October 13th, 1917, Mary appeared for the sixth and final time to all three children together. Thousands of people came to Fatima in anticipation of the predicted apparition. Shortly after noon, Our Lady appeared to the children. Her message was similar to previous occasions, asking that we pray the Rosary every day and repent of our sins.
But what happened next was extraordinary. All those present witnessed the “miracle of the sun”. Our Lady made the sun burst through the cloudy sky and seem as a soft spinning disk of silver. The children cried out: “Look at the sun!” The 70,000 or so spectators looked up and beheld this phenomenon. There are several eyewitness accounts that were published in newspapers following this event, including pro-government, anti-clerical newspapers.
The message of our Lady of Fatima is as important to us today as it was 100 years ago, for, it is a call to repentance, prayer, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
As members of the church of Immaculate Conception, I want to encourage all parishioners to join me in praying a novena leading up to the anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition on October 13th.
Say this prayer every day for 9 consecutive days October 5-13.
“Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with sincere love of this devotion.
By meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in your Rosary, may we gather the fruits contained therein and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, the Peace of Christ for the world, and this favor that I so earnestly seek of you in this novena… (here mention your request).
I ask this of you, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor and for the good of all people. Amen”
Then say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be (three times each)
I hope you will join me in calling upon the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima for your family, our parish, our nation, and our world.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke