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Mercy in Motion

How to make a pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy

051916 patrick door mercyDuring the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy which continues until Nov. 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis encourages everyone to make a pilgrimage – either to Rome or to one's local cathedral or other holy site designated by the Church.

Year of Mercy pilgrimages

010116 year of mercy main imageSeveral local pilgrimages during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy are planned

Bishop Peter Jugis: Seek a conversion of heart during this jubilee year

jugisDuring this Advent the Church has begun the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy with the opening of a Door of Mercy in every cathedral throughout the world.

051617 hickory fatimaHICKORY — Members of St. Aloysius Church commemorated the 100th anniversary of Mary's first appearance to the children of Fatima, Portugal, on Saturday, May 13, by praying the rosary and taking part in an outdoor procession.

The banner was supplied by America Needs Fatima (americaneedsfatima.org). Terri and Richard Painchaud and Eddie and Ching Williams ordered the banner.

Father Nohe Torres recited a decade of the rosary and Father Larry LoMonaco, pastor, recited prayers and blessed the parishioners. The weather was supposed to be rainy with thunderstorms but instead, Our Lady of Fatima showered parishioners with sunshine. It was a perfect day to pray the rosary!

The rally captains ordered the banners hoping to spread the Fatima message by lighting up their little corner of America.

According to ANF’s website, “The goal of America Needs Fatima is to win the heart and soul of America for Mary by spreading Our Lady's Fatima message and promoting devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. America urgently needs the prophetic messages of Our Lady at Fatima. Above all, America needs a clear direction, a great purpose, and the means to achieve it. The admonitions, requests, and warnings of Mary Most Holy can rightly be called a heaven-sent survival manual.”

— Barbara Case Speers, correspondent