St. Elizabeth Church hosts Our Lady of Fatima National Statue

The National Virgin Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in the Diocese of Buffalo Aug. 8 to 27. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will receive the statue on Thursday, Aug. 16. This statue, blessed by Pope Paul VI in 1967 in honor of the apparitions at Fatima, promotes the message of Our Lady to three shepherd children in October of 1917. The message was confirmed by a spectacular “miracle of the sun” and witnessed by 70,000 people including newspaper reporters and dignitaries of the Catholic Church. It was near the end of the violent and horrific World War I, later to be called “The Great War.” The Lady’s message was simple yet profound – “Pray and sacrifice in reparation for the sins of violence and war in the world. This is the way to peace.” The recitation of the Rosary has become a devotion which Catholics pray to bring about peace in the world and end social discord.

Bill Stockey is the national custodian of the pilgrim statue and he travels throughout the United States spreading the message of Our Lady of Fatima. He will bring the Pilgrim Statue to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church beginning at the 7 a.m. Mass on Thursday, Aug. 16. The doors will be open all day for Veneration until 6:30 p.m. At this time the Holy Rosary will be recited by the faithful. Following the recitation of the Rosary, Stockey will give a talk relating the message of Fatima which was heard by the children visionaries at Fatima back in 1917. It is as relevant today as it was when first heard.

SEAS parish invites the community to this special event. Come to the 7 a.m. Mass, visit during the day, and come together in the evening for the Recitation of the Rosary before the National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at 6:30 p.m.

All are encouraged to bring family and friends. There will be materials available regarding the statue, and the Our Lady of Fatima Association following the program.