About Our Lady of Fatima
Feast Day: May 13
The feast day of Our Lady of Fatima is May 13, the date of the first apparition.
The feast of Our Lady of Fatima commemorates the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta were shepherds, and while watching their sheep Our Lady appeared to them on six separate occasions.
Our Lady of Fatima’s Message
She instructed them to be devoted to God and to pray the rosary. She asked them to pray for the souls suffering in hell and to be devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her message encouraged a conversion of hearts.
The Miracle of Fatima
The appearances were reported in the news along with the information that a miracle would occur on October 13, 1917 at the last apparition. A huge crowd of over 30000 gathered. Many witnessed the sun “dancing” in the sky, moving in different directions. Others saw many colors coming from the sun.
Mass Readings for the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima
(Readings for the Memorial may also be taken from the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)
- First Reading – Isaiah 61:9-11: “I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul; For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 45: “Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.”
- Gospel – Luke 11:27-28: “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
Resources and Ideas
A rosary slide bracelet or keychain is a nice craft to remind children and teens to pray. The rosary key chain option is especially nice for new drivers since they will always take their keys with them.
Celebrate this day by doing what Our Lady asked – say a rosary.
The First Five Saturdays devotion is also called the Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. During the apparitions at Fatima, our Blessed Mother asked Lucia that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart through this devotion.
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