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Catholic News Herald

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100917 fatimaThis Friday, Oct. 13, marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s sixth appearance to three shepherd children and the “miracle of the sun” in Fatima, Portugal – the day when tens of thousands of people witnessed the sun appear to dance in the sky at the Cova da Iria.

Our Lady’s message to people throughout her appearances in Fatima was to remind people to grow in faith, hope and love by praying the rosary every day, praying for sinners, praying for the pope, and performing sacrifices in reparation for their sins.

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of Fatima apparitions to the faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima. The faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to confession and Holy Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the pope.

Pilgrim statues of Our Lady of Fatima have already visited parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte several times during this centennial year, and this Friday, there are two more opportunities to take part in the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima: in Hendersonville and Huntersville.


In Hendersonville, a statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Immaculate Conception Church on Friday, Oct. 13, after the 8:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Masses. The rosary will also be prayed after each Mass.

Immaculate Conception Church is located at 208 7th Ave. West in the downtown area of Hendersonville.

For details, contact Suzanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828-707-5380.


One of six Immaculate Heart of Mary statues blessed by Pope Francis will be at St. Mark Church on Friday, Oct. 13. The activities will be offered in the morning and repeated in the evening for people’s convenience:

8:30 a.m. Children’s Rosary Procession

8:50 a.m. Imposition of the Scapular, Rosary, Re-coronation of Our Lady, and St. John Paul II consecration prayer

9 a.m. Mass, and family consecration to the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary

10 a.m. Talk on the importance of Consecration and the Brown Scapular, followed by Investiture of the Brown Scapular

6:45 p.m. Imposition of the Scapular, Rosary, Re-coronation of Our Lady, and St. John Paul II consecration prayer

7 p.m. Mass (English/Spanish), followed by a Talk on the importance of Consecration and the Brown Scapular, Family Consecration to the Two Hearts and Investiture of the Brown Scapular

8:30 p.m. Candlelight Rosary Procession (English/Spanish)

All materials (consecration prayer cards, brown scapulars, candles, etc.) will be provided. All activities will begin and end in the church.

The statue will also remain in the church throughout the day for parishioners to come and pray.

For details, go to the parish’s website: www.stmarknc.org.

If you can’t make it to Huntersville on Oct. 13, the pilgrim statue of Our Lady will also be at St. Ann Church (located at 3635 Park Road, Charlotte) on Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 10-11. A Rosary Procession will be held during its arrival at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. There will also be a talk about Fatima and the opportunity for enrollment in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel after Mass. An extended talk will be given at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a vigil of devotions until 1 a.m.

The statue will remain in the main church for veneration until Wednesday evening. Eucharistic Adoration will be moved from the chapel to the main church that day.

Other events:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Church (located at 1400 Suther Road, Charlotte) will host its monthly Fatima Procession starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. The rosary will also be prayed. The parish’s annual World Feast celebration will kick off following the Fatima Procession. For details, go to the parish’s website: www.stacharlotte.com.
  • St. Dorothy Church (located at 148 St Dorothys Lane, Lincolnton)  will host Adoration and a movie, starting at 4 p.m. Friday. Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m and a Rosary Procession at 5:45 p.m. After, join in the social hall for a "bring-your-own" dinner/snacks and the movie "The 13th Day" about the Fatima visionaries. See more about the movie here: www.the13thday.com.
  • Sacred Heart Church (located at 375 Lumen Christi Lane, Salisbury) will host a rosary and candlelight procession at 7 p.m.

— Catholic News Herald

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