Goa celebrates 100 yrs of Fatima apparitions
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The Goa Diocesan on Saturday celebrated 100 years of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal with a special mass that was celebrated by Archbishop of Goa and Diu Filipe Neri Ferrao and Belgaum Bishop Peter Machado. As part of the celebrations, the Goa archdiocese was also consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The day was also a special one since His Holiness Pope Francis in Rome canonized two of the three children that had been present at the apparition that appeared on May 13, 1917.
Hundreds of devotees flocked to Se Cathedral to take part in the mass that was followed by a solemn act of consecration of the Goa Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a procession
to the St Joseph Vaz Retreat Centre.
During the sermon, Belgaum’s Bishop Peter Machado stressed on the need for the three Ps that Our Lady of Fatima had lived by in today’s day. “Today there is no peace in our world. From our own country battling with Pakistan and even outside in the world including Syria and Iraq, the need for peace is needed more today than ever before,” he said.
He said there was a need for prayer and penance and called for devotees to turn to the teachings of Fatima.
A souvenir book was released by the World Apostolate of Fatima on the occasion by the Goa Archbishop and Belgaum Bishop. The souvenir is a culmination of the activities and the Fatima message
|Devotees carry the statue of Our Lady of Fátima in a procession to celebrate the feast and centenary of Fatima apparitions in Portugal at the Sé Cathedral, Old Goa on Saturday.|
This is the first time in the history of the Catholic Church where two children less than ten years old (that were not martyrs) were canonized on Saturday.
Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the children-shepherds of Fatima are now saints venerated all over the world as the Universal Church has declared today that because of their virtues and approved miracle performed by God through their intercession, they participate in the beatific vision of heaven.
Saint Francisco had excelled in his contemplative life, adoring Jesus present in the Tabernacle, consoling for the ungratefulness of so many sinners, as he deepened into the contemplation of the mystery of God. He preferred to make company of Jesus-Eucharist in his solitude for many hours every day in reparation for all the offences committed out of the lack of love for our Savior and Redeemer. Thus, in an unprecedented first time, the Church has put Francisco as model for the religious life of contemplation (Religious Orders, Congregations, Institutes and Religious Communities) living in prayer and penance detached from the active world in reparatory practices and introspection to come closer to God.
On the other hand, Saint Jacinta excelled in her missionary life, preaching the Gospel of Jesus to all, devoting herself to the conversion of poor sinners and the offering of her many sufferings to God to save souls. Her decree of canonization focuses on this ardent love to save “the lost sheep of Israel,” evangelizing all those that came close to her with her life example and profound teachings. Saint Jacinta had a special vocation to pray and offer sacrifices for the welfare of the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, and she had special visions about the many sufferings of the successor of Peter in the years to come.
The third child Lucia do Santos who was cousin to Francisco and Jacinta, became a Carmelite nun. She is already in the process of beatification by Church authorities in the Vatican. She was 97 years when she passed away in 2005.
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14 May 2017: Archbishop Ferrao consecrates diocese to Mother Mary
Thousands attend centenary celebrations of Fatima apparitions at Old Goa; In homily, Belgaum Bishop highlights peace, prayer and penance
Archdiocese to be consecrated to Immaculate Heart of Mary
Catholics in Goa will joins millions all over in world in centenary celebrations of apparitions at Fatima, Portugal on Saturday
The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman getting ready for the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima
The first apparition of Our Lady took place on 13 May 1917, followed by four others until 13 October of the same year. The Indian archdiocese is organising special celebrations for the centenary, particularly on the five dates of the apparitions. The message of Fatima is still relevant. Penance remains important to sanctify the Christian life.
Panaji (AsiaNews) – The Diocese of Goa and Daman in India announced that everything is ready for the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima, on 13 May. Special ceremonies will be held to mark the feast of Our Lady of Fatima who appeared the first time in 1917 to shepherd children Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco.
The local Catholic community is ready to join “wholeheartedly in this celebration, so dear to the Catholic world, and recommits itself to living out of the Message of Fatima, which draws us to the core of the Gospel message, by calling us to a genuine conversion of heart and the practice of prayer and penance,” said Mgr Filipe Neri Ferrao, archbishop of Goa and Daman.
For the prelate, the apparition of the Virgin is "undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions". Hence, "our pastors, rectors of institutions and heads of religious communities” must “encourage those under their care to participate actively in the various pastoral activities and devotional programmes organised by the Goa unit of the World Apostolate of Fatima” (WAF), an organisation approved by the Holy See in 2005.
For the occasion, the archdiocese, together with the Asian Regional Centre and the Indian National Centre, has approved a number of pastoral activities to be performed during the entire year.
One of these is called the Communion of Reparation on the five first Saturdays. It includes moments of penance and prayer, confession, communion, the recitation of five decades of the Rosary “with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the sins committed by mankind.”
For WAF vice chairman Celcio Dias, the reason for the five Saturdays is to be found in the “five kinds of offences and blasphemies against Mother”, namely rejection of her immaculate conception, virginity, divine maternity, as well as offences against her and her holy images.
As part of its activities, the archdiocese will promote the Rosary in every church and chapel, from 13 May to 13 October, to mark the days in 1917 in which the Virgin met the three Portuguese shepherd children.
In a statement, the archdiocese notes that the message of Fatima is valid to this day because "Fatima shows our modern society the need for conversion of the human heart. [. . .] In Fatima, the little shepherds contemplated the Holy Trinity through the immaculate heart of Mary and were transformed by the experience of love because they were immersed in God as in an ocean of infinite love, grace and mercy. "
In light of this, God’s mystery "can be contemplated through prayer”. Thus, “Those who want to grow in their spiritual life must practice the prayer of meditation." Indeed, the lack of prayer is precisely "the cause of the spiritual and moral crisis that assails the world today."
However, prayers are not enough; penance and sacrifice are also needed. "It is possible to be saintly and experience the joy of God and peace on earth through the daily offering of our duties to the sacred heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is the way to sanctify our lives and offer the witness of our Christian faith to our fellow human beings."
13 May 2015
WAF Celebrates 98th Anniversary of the 1st
Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Don Bosco Panjim
The 13th May began at 8:30 am with Joyful Mysteries led by Celina Caldeira, senior most member of WAF.
At 8:50 am Francis S. Barreto Chairman gave the introduction to the day. He also broke the news of the death of Fr. Nicholas Gruner who
had passed away recently and hoped that with his passing away the deviation from the authentic message of Fatima that Fr. Gruner
represented, will not continue, that it will fade away soon. He also broke the news that Holy Fr. Pope Francis has confirmed his presence in Fatima during the Centennial Celebrations. The choir sang beautifully Oh come to the throne of Grace.
Dr. Celcio Dias the Co-ordinator delivered the first talk of the day on the topic Fatima Centennial Celebrations 2017, outlining the themes and preparations for the celebrations. The choir sang Ave Maria Gratia Plena.
|Books and materials|
Second talk of the day was a beautiful power point presentation on the First Saturdays by Br. Aaron, Anthony, Sr. Ludmilla and Sr. Sheffali.
|First Saturday Presentation|
At the end of this presentation the choir led by Eutemia, Solano, Cheryl and Deolinda sang Holy Virgin by God’s Decree. At this point everyone had tea in a spirit of fellowship.
After the tea break Julius Fernandes led the Sorrowful Mysteries which was followed by the third talk of the day on Consecration by Francis S. Barreto. The choir sang Immaculate Mary. At 11:00 am Rev. Fr. Edson Anthony Fernandes Director of the Biblical Apostolate at the Pastoral Centre spoke of the virtues of Mary by highlighting the Marian Dogmas. This was a lively talk with deep scriptural meaning. The choir sang Mary How beautiful thy name. Talk number five of the day was Healing Through the Eucharistic so meaningfully delivered by Rev. Fr. Conceicao D’Silva WAF Spiritual Advisor and the Parish Priest of St. Michael Church Taleigao. Deolinda Fernandes led the Angelus and Fr. Conceicao D’Silva the grace before meals. About 200 were present.
Lunch was taken in a spirit of fellowship so beautifully catered by Andre and Rosaria Abreu. Back in the Church the choir began with the hymn Let us mingle together. Next was a video film “The 13th Day” the story of Fatima put together by Br. Aaron/Br. Lester. Eutemia Fernandes led the 3 O’clock prayer and the Chaplet of Mercy and the congregation sang I will sing of the Mercies of the Lord.
At 3:20 pm Br. Lester a new member of the Apostolate spoke fluently on the power of the Rosary. He was applauded not only for the content of the talk but also for the fact that he was a new entrant to the Apostolate and devoted much time at the Pledge counter. The congregation sang Daily Daily sing to Mary.
After the tea break in the afternoon Br. Aaron spoke on the Message of Fatima and gave his own testimony. Br. Aaron is studying for priesthood and we request your prayers for him to be a Holy Priest of the Vincentian Order.
At 4:30 pm Holy Hour was led by Raynor Viegas, Br. Aaron Cardoz and Sr. Ludmilla.
The Rosary with the Glorious Mysteries was led by Erasmo Nunes and the choir led by Fr. Peter da Gama sang Salve Regina and the litany for the feast day was recited by Raynor Viegas.
The climax to the day’s celebration was the Eucharistic Celebration with Fr. Conceicao D’Silva as the Main Celebrant, Fr. Romulo Noronha, Fr. Peter da Gama, Fr. Clive Teles, Fr. Filipe Neri Dias and Fr. Joe Braganza were the con-celebrants. All the priests were warmly welcomed by the Chairman Francis S. Barreto with bouquets of flowers filled with love. Fr. Conceicao in his sermon dwelt mostly on the miracles of the rosary recommending the praying of the Rosary everyday for peace in the family and peace in the world.
The small children of Don Bosco danced to the International hymn of the WAF to the applause from the gathering.
The youth of Don Bosco were very much instrumental in the singing during the Eucharistic celebration and were also very useful during the candle light procession which was accompanied with a little drizzle sent from above to cool the atmosphere which was extremely hot and humid.
|Youth Choir venerating Our Lady|
At the end of the procession Fr. Romulo Noronha accompanied by Fr. Clive Teles led the congregation to the consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
With the final blessing with the statue of Our Lady and veneration by the faithful to singing led by Daphne Sequeira the day came to a close.
|Congregation venerating Our Lady of Fatima|