The months of May and October are dedicated to Mary and the Holy Rosary. The Rosary is the compendium of the Gospel; where the way of Jesus and Mary are closely connected when we meditate the Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous and Glorious Mysteries. Reciting the Rosary, we pray and mediate on the life of Jesus with Mary, who brought us Jesus and brings us to Jesus. St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort reminds us that Mary is the person most conformed to Jesus. Devotion to Mary, by praying the Rosary, is what conforms and consecrates a soul most perfectly to Jesus. St. John Paul II teaches us that the Rosary is a prayer so easy and yet so rich, a treasure to be rediscovered that will obtain for us many graces and spiritual riches, contemplating the face of Jesus Christ at the school of Mary. We invite all to pray the Holy Rosary daily, but especially during May and October.
Mary is honoured all over the world with various titles. The first Sunday of October we remember Our Lady of Pompei. October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and also the First Saturday of the Month. Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by Pope Pius V in 1571 in thanksgiving to the Blessed Mother Mary for the many graces given to the world. This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mary's Apparitions at Fatima Portugal on May 13, 1917 to 3 Shepherd children Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta for 6 months until October 13. On May 13, 2017, Pope Francis visited Fatima and canonized Francisco and Jacinta. At Fatima, Mary asked that we pray the Rosary daily for peace, the conversion of sinners, the Souls in Purgatory and to make the Consecration to her Immaculate Heart with the Devotion of the First Saturday of the Month in reparation for the 5 offences against her Immaculate Heart. For the Jubilee Year of Fatima, the Church grants the concession of the Plenary Indulgence. We invite all to read conditions for the granting of Plenary Indulgence below. There is a statue of Our Lady of Fatima at St. Anthony’s Church where on October 13 there is a Holy Hour of Prayer @6:00 pm in honour of Our Lady Of Fatima followed by Holy Mass @7:00 pm. One can receive the Plenary Indulgence for the Jubilee Year of Fatima by participating in these Fatima prayers on the 13th of each month this year until October by visiting any Church that has a statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady of the Rosary pray for us.
JUBILEE YEAR OF FATIMA
Concession of Plenary Indulgence
In order to worthily celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Apparitions of Fatima, by the mandate of Pope Francis, it is granted a Jubilee Year, with the inherent plenary indulgence, from the 27th November 2016 to the 26th November 2017.
The plenary indulgence of the jubilee is granted:
a) to the faithful who visit the Shrine of Fatima in pilgrimage and devotedly participate in a celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the symbol of faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
b) to the pious faithful who visit with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly displayed for public veneration in any temple, oratory or adequate place, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions (the 13th of each month, from May to October 2017), and devotedly participate there in any celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the symbol of faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
c) to the faithful who, due to their age, disease or other serious reason, are impeded of moving, if, repentant of all their sins and having the firm intention of performing, as soon as possible, the three conditions mentioned bellow, in front of a small image of Our Lady of Fatima, spiritually unite in the days of the apparitions to the jubilee celebrations, offering with trust to God all-merciful through Mary their prayers and pains, or the sacrifices of their own lives.
To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful, truly penitent and animated with charity, must ritually fulfil the following conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.