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Celebration of the Centenary of the Fatima Apparitions

 CP-Cir/18/2017

Circular

 To the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful in this Archdiocese

Towards a fruitful celebration of the Centenary of the Fatima Apparitions

 

Dearly Beloved,

In his introduction to “The Message of Fatima,” published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the year 2000, the then Secretary of the Congregation, Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, had this to say:

 

“Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith, and must therefore have their focus in the core of Christ's proclamation: the Father's love which leads men and women to conversion and bestows the grace required to abandon oneself to him with filial devotion. This too is the message of Fatima which, with its urgent call to conversion and penance, draws us to the heart of the Gospel.” 

 

The 13th of May, 2017 will mark the celebration of the Centenary of the Apparitions at Fatima, which were hailed by the same Secretary of the Congregation as being undoubtedly “the most prophetic of modern apparitions.” This Archdiocese of Goa and Daman  –  which was part of the Portuguese nation when   the   ‘Lady  of  the  Rosary’    decided    to    visit    it    a   century   ago –   joins    wholeheartedly   in   this celebration, so dear to the Catholic world, and recommits itself to the living out of the Message of Fatima, which draws us to the core of the Gospel message, by calling us to a genuine conversion of heart and the practice of prayer and penance.

 

We urge our Pastors, Rectors of Institutions and Heads of Religious Communities to encourage those under their care to participate actively in the various pastoral activities and devotional programmes being organized by the Goa unit of the World Apostolate of Fatima during this Centenary Year, which began on the First Sunday of Advent, the 27th November, 2016.

 

A special endeavour of the World Apostolate of Fatima is that every diocese and parish community should make an Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The consecration prayer, which has been approved by us, will be circulated by the World Apostolate of Fatima (Goa Unit) and we determine that it should be recited in our parish communities on the 13th of May, 2017, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the day of the Centenary of the Apparitions. The diocesan act of consecration will be made on the same day, at the end of the Solemn Mass celebrating the Centenary of the Apparitions, at the Cathedral Church in Old Goa. We have also approved a formula of daily individual consecration to Mary, which we recommend hereby.

 

May Mary, Mother of pilgrim humanity, keep us always united to Jesus, her beloved Son and our Lord and Master.

 

Archbishop’s House, Panjim, Goa, 10th March, 2017.

                                                                                                       Sd/-

                                                               (+ Filipe Neri Ferrão)

                                                                              Archbishop of Goa and Daman

Golden Verse

1Korintkarank 7:38

Mhonnttôch aplê ankvar hoklê lagim logn zata to borem korta; ani logn zaina to odik borem korta.