You are invited to join St. Mary Parish, DeKalb celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition of Fatima. Below is the schedule of prayer and events. You are welcome to come for as much of the day as you like. Saturday, May 13, 2017
Who is Our Lady of Fatima?
On May 13, 1917 three children were playing games in the field while tending their sheep. Suddenly they saw a flash of light. Thinking it to be lightening, the children gathered the sheep and started for home. They took refuge under a tree about a hundred yards away. They saw a flash of light again. They began running when they saw, standing over a small tree, a Lady dressed in white more brilliant than the sun. That was the beginning of Our Lady of Fatima. She visited the children 6 times bringing them messages for the world. In all her appearances at Fatima, Our Mother repeatedly emphasized the necessity of praying the Rosary daily, of wearing the Brown Scapular of Mt. Carmel and of performing acts of reparation and sacrifice.
What is the First Saturdays Devotion?
“Our Lady explained the Five First Saturdays to Sr. Lucia dos Santos, one of the Fatima visionaries, on December 10, 1925, in the following way: “See my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me. Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the... mysteries of the Rosary.”
-Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception
More... Agenda for the Day
In addition to this special day, we invite you to continue coming to 8:00 AM Mass on First Saturdays, June 3-October 7th. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 AM and Confessions available at 8:30 AM.