This year, the Catholic Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, witnessed by three shepherd children who reported that they saw visions of Mary, beginning on May 13, 1917. Whatever the significance of the Fatima apparitions is for each of us personally, this 100-year anniversary of the apparitions is a reminder of the central message of the Gospels, calling everyone to conversion and bringing us closer to Christ. Most of the parishes in Malaysia celebrated this historical event. Below are some of the celebrations.
Mary will never desert us
Hundreds of Catholics from far and near converged at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Brickfields on October 13, 2017 for the Special Thanksgiving Mass at 8.00pm to celebrate and commemorate the 100 years since Our Lady’s Apparition at Fatima, Portugal. October 13, 1917 marked the Miracle of the sun and was the last of the six apparitions to the three children — Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.
Fr Patrick Massang CSsR was the preacher. Parish priest Fr Ferdinand Magimay and Resident priest Fr Paul Hu were the concelebrants.
In his homily, Fr Patrick said we have heard so many stories of Mary. Recently, we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Knock, then Our Lady of the Rosary. But. not many know about Our Lady of Victory.
In the 16th century, the Turks were conquering many territories. Pope Pius V knew there was no way he could defeat the Islamic Turks. So he called all people of Europe to gather in prayer. He asked them to pray the Rosary for victory. At the battle of Lepanto in October 1571, the Turks were defeated and that is how the title — Our Lady of Victory came about.
The Rosary is a beautiful gift to us. We celebrate today the gift of our loving Mother who will never desert us. She is with us here today at this sacred place, called Fatima. She is the Lady of the Rosary. We not only behold her, but one another.–By Bernard Anthony
Place our trust in God
The parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (NBVM) celebrated the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima with a triduum Mass Oct 13-15.
Fr Victor Louis, the parish priest, in his homily explained that when Our Lady appeared at Fatima, her first words were “Do not be afraid.” These were the same words said by Jesus on many occasions. Her apparition to the young children was to give hope and invoke their trust in God. Similarly we too should not be afraid but place our trust in God.
At Fatima, Our Lady introduced herself as the Lady of the Rosary. So we should continue to recite the holy rosary. Fr Victor Louis high-lighted that Francisco and Jacinta offered their sufferings as a sacrifice of penance for sinners. We, too, should offer our difficulties as penance.
The 100th Anniversary was celebrated with a candle light procession of a decorated statue of Our Lady of Fatima around Butterworth Town.
On the last day, the movie, Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima Portugal 1917 was screened. — By Sheila Rose Darma-raj
Rosary prayers for Malaysia
In conjunction with the Marian month of October and in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Apparitions at Fatima in Portugal, the Church of the Divine Mercy (CDM) commenced daily Rosary, October 13-31.
With the theme #CDMprays4Malaysia, the nightly prayers and Rosary at the grotto were from 8.30pm on Mondays to Fridays, and from 7.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
A daily schedule has been drawn-up where the various Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) and parish ministries will be encouraged to pray together as we consecrate Malaysia to God and to Mary.
A mini exhibition about Fatima and the Divine Mercy has been set in the grotto area for the faithful. — By Bernard Anth
Multilingual celebration in Pantai Remis
The closing of the 100th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima was celebrated at the compound of St Gabriel Kindergarten on Oct 13. The once in a lifetime celebration was experienced by the parishioners of Sitiawan, who travelled to Pantai Remis. There were also parishioners and well wishers from the surrounding areas.
Prior to the celebration proper, the Rosary was recited in all the four languages. The multilingual evening Mass was presided by Fr Vincent Paul, parish priest of SFDS. In his homily, he stated that the celebration was to commemorate the closing of the 100th year Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.
At that time, there was only a chapel in Pantai Remis. Then, a new church was built named the Church of the Holy Rosary.
After Mass, there was a candlelight procession, followed by benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Article reproduced from Herald Malaysia online