By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic
October 13 marked the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to three children at Fatima, Portugal. Faithful from around the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City commemorated this 100th anniversary in unique and individual ways.
In Oklahoma City, Myra Martinez hosted a group of several children from around the archdiocese for a “Fatima Family Fun Night” that included activities, crafts, prayer and a movie, and ended with the children consecrating themselves to Mary.
“It was a wonderful evening” she said. “I feel the girls were given many graces that night by their attention and genuine love they showed in learning about this beautiful Marian apparition.”
By the end of October, 10 sites in Oklahoma will have hosted the “International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” a tour sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA. The tour travels to parishes, schools, military chapels and other venues along the tour route, with programming to include Masses, confession, talks on Fatima, Holy Hours of Adoration, rosaries and private veneration.
On Oct. 14 at Saint Mary in Guthrie, parishioners and students participated in Fatima festivities.
“My son was in awe of everything,” said Stacy Reinert, mother, parishioner and teacher at Saint Mary.
Michael Reinert, who is a kindergartner at Saint Mary, said the commemoration was “cool!” and recalled how special it was to watch his dad help carry the statute of Our Lady of Fatima to and from its van.
Students at Saint Mary participated in special lessons, movies, crafts and discussions to help explain the significance of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.
When Mary appeared at Fatima, she asked that we pray the rosary daily to “bring peace to the world.”
At 3 p.m. on Oct. 13, an Our Lady of Fatima Rosary was prayed at the Yonderland “Way Station,” an apostolate that exists to help foster a spiritual renewal for Christ-led individuals and families.
“What a blessing to have the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue here tonight. The chapel was full,” participants said. “We prayed the rosary together. It was beautiful!”
Eliana Tedrow is a freelance writer for the Sooner Catholic.
Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima
O Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima
and reveal a glorious message.
We implore you, inspire in our hearts
a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary.
By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption
that are recalled therein,
may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask,
through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.