LADY OF FATIMA
The Blessed Virgin Mary is venerated as Our Lady of Fatima following
the famous apparition to the three shepherd children -Lucia, Jacinta
and Francisco- which took place during the First World War, in the
summer of 1917. The Mother of God appeared six times near the town
of Fatima, Portugal between May 13th and October 13th 1917 to the
three children and told them that She had been sent by God with
a message for every man, woman and child living in our century.
Through the children Mary urged prayer for the conversion of sinners
and an end to the war, recitation of the Rosary, and works of penance.
The message of Fatima included a call to conversion of heart, repentance
from sin and a dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially
through praying the Rosary.
Our Lady of Fatima promised that the whole world would be in peace,
and that many souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened
to and obeyed. She told us that war is a punishment for sin; that
God would punish the world for its sins in our time by means of
war, hunger, persecution of the Church and persecution of the Holy
Father, the Pope, unless we listened to and obeyed the command of
The message is an anguished appeal of our Heavenly Mother, Who sees
us in great danger and Who comes to offer Her help and advice. Her
message is also a prophesy, a clear indication of what was about
to transpire infallibly in the near future, depending on our response
to Her requests.
But Mary also confided several "secrets" to the children,
some of which Lucy subsequently transmitted. The Secret actually
consists of three parts, the first two of which have been publicly
revealed. The first part of the Secret was a horrifying vision of
hell where the souls of poor sinners go" and contained an urgent
plea from Our Lady for acts of prayer and sacrifice to save souls.
The second part of the Secret specifically prophesized the outbreak
of World War II and contained the Mother of God's solemn request
for the Consecration of Russia as a condition of world peace. It
also predicted the inevitable triumph of Her Immaculate Heart following
Russia's consecration and the conversion "of that poor nation"
to the Catholic Faith.
Lady of Fatima Story
Prayer of Reparation
Fifteen Promises to Christians Who Pray The Rosary
Words at Fatima
to Our Lady of Fatima
OF THE SAINTS
St. Giles was born in Athens, Greece, in early times. When his parents died, he used the large fortune they left him to help the poor.
BLESSED JOHN DU LAU AND THE SEPTEMBER MARTYRS
Blessed John was the archbishop of Arles, France..
ST. GREGORY THE GREAT
St. Gregory was born in 540 in Rome. His father was a senator. His mother is a saint, St. Celia.
ST. ROSE OF VITERBO
St. Rose was born in 1235 in Viterbo, Italy. She lived at the time when Emperor Frederick had conquered land that belonged to the Church.
ST. LAWRENCE JUSTINIAN
St. Lawrence Justinian was born in Venice, Italy, in 1381.
Blessed Bertrand lived in the last half of the twelfth and first part of the thirteenth centuries.
BLESSED JOHN DUCKETT AND BLESSED RALPH CORBY
Blessed James Duckett studied at the English college of Douay and became a priest in 1639.
BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
We do not usually celebrate the birthdays of the saints.
ST. PETER CLAVER
St. Peter Claver, the Spanish priest of the Society of Jesus was born in 1580.
ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO
St. Nicholas was born in 1245 in Ancona, Italy. His parents had waited long and anxiously for a child.
BLESSED LOUIS OF THURINGIA
Blessed Loius, the German prince, lived during the last part of the twelfth and first part of the thirteenth centuries.
ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
St. John Chrysostom was born in Antioch around 344.
OUR LADY OF SORROWS
Our Lady had many great joys as the mother of Jesus, but she had much to suffer, too.
ST. CORNELIUS AND ST. CYPRIAN
St. Cornelius, a holy priest of Rome, was elected Pope in 251. He accepted because he loved Christ.
ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE
St. Robert Bellarmine was born in Italy in 1542.
ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO
St. Joseph was born on June 17, 1603, in a small Italian village to poor parents.
St. Januarius lived in the fourth century. He was born either in Benevento or Naples, Italy.
ST. ANDREW KIM TAEGON AND ST. PAUL CHONG HASANG
St. Andrew Kim Taegon was a priest and St. Paul Chong Hasang was a lay person.
St. Matthew was a tax collector in the city of Capernaum, where Jesus was living.
ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA
St. Thomas was born in Spain in 1488.
St. Pacificus, a little Italian boy born in 1653 was named Charles Anthony. He was just five years old when his loving parents died.
St. Serguis, the famous Russian saint lived in the fourteenth century.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
St. Vincent de Paul, the son of poor French peasants, was born in 1581.
ST. LAWRENCE RUIZ AND COMPANIONS
St. Lawrence Ruiz, and his fifteen companions were killed for their faith in 1637, in Nagasaki, Japan.
ST. MICHAEL, ST. GABRIEL, ST. RAPHAEL
Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are called "saints" because they are holy.
St. Jerome was a Roman Christian who lived in the fourth century.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?