From April 28 to May 31, a replica of the original Our Lady of Fatima statue, created according to specific instructions from one of the three Fatima seers, Servant of God Sister Lucia Dos Santos, will be taken across the Archdiocese of Newark. The statue, which is one of only 13 copies worldwide, can mostly be seen at Portugal’s Shrine of Fatima, the place where the original Marian apparitions took place. The tour is being sponsored by the Archdiocese of Newark for the purpose of providing an opportunity for parishioners to express gratitude to Mother Mary for her protection during the COVID-19 pandemic and to pray for an end to global conflicts. The statue can be viewed at 13 parishes of the archdiocese, starting from St. Pius X Parish in Old Tappan (April 28-May 1).
National Catholic Register reports:
One of the replicas of the original Our Lady of Fatima statue will be touring the Archdiocese of Newark from April 28 to May 31. It was crafted using detailed instructions from Servant of God Sister Lucia Dos Santos, one of the three Fatima seers.
One of only 13 copies in the world, the statue is typically housed at the Shrine of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal, where the Marian apparitions of Fatima, Portugal, originally occurred, Jaimie Winters, a spokesperson for the archdiocese, told CNA.
The archdiocese is sponsoring the tour so that parishioners may be able to thank Mary for her protection throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and ask for global conflicts to end, the Jersey Catholic reported. The statue will be on display at 13 parishes throughout the archdiocese, the first being St. Pius X Parish in Old Tappan from April 28 to May 1.
The next parish to receive the Our Lady of Fatima statue will be St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield from May 1–3. It will then go to Holy Trinity Epiphany Church in Newark from May 3–4, then on to Holy Family Parish in Nutley from May 5–7, Newman Catholic Center at Montclair State University in Montclair on May 7, and St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny from May 8–9. The full schedule of destinations and dates can be found here.
Each parish that hosts the statue will offer special devotions to Our Lady. According to the Jersey Catholic, St. Pius X Parish planned to have participants pray the rosary every 90 minutes between the Saturday morning Mass at 9 a.m. on April 29 and the 4:30 p.m. vigil.
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