THE “INTERNATIONAL PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE OF OUR
LADY OF FATIMA”
On May 9th, 2015, the precious miraculous
statue of our lady was brought to St. Peter’s
Church in Mackenzie, BC. Carrying lit candles
and singing “Gentle Woman” we welcomed our
Mother into our parish walking with her in
procession. As we approached our pews our Lady
was secured near the altar surrounded by
flowers, candles and a large beautiful Rosary.
Father Ronald led us in a commitment prayer to
our Mother. This was followed by the Fatima
Message (see below) and history given by Patrick
Sabat, our Lady’s custodian.
We prayed the Rosary and celebrated Mass. Fr.
Ronald gave us a meaningful homily inviting us
all to imbibe the virtues of our mother saying
that if we want to live a holy life today, one
of the best ways is to imitate the Blessed
Virgin Mary. He said ‘Her ten evangelical
virtues shine through the Holy Scriptures as a
glorious way to salvation for each of us. We can
reflect on Mary's virtues and invoke her
powerful, maternal intercession by praying the
Rosary daily in our families. We can find the
ten evangelical virtues of the Blessed Virgin
Mary recorded in the Gospels. There, she is
presented as the Most Holy Virgin Mary -- an
evangelical model for the whole Church: Most
Pure (Mt. 1:18, 20, 23; Lk 1:27,34) Most Prudent
(Lk 2:19, 51) Most Humble (Lk 1:48) Most
Faithful (Lk 1:45; Jn 2:5) Most Devout (Lk
1:46-7; Acts 1:14) Most Obedient (Lk 1:38;
2:21-2, 27) Most Poor (Lk 2:7) Most Patient (Jn
19:25) Most Merciful (Lk 1:39, 56) Most
Sorrowful (Lk 2:35)
We were then invited downstairs for fellowship
and refreshments. We were very blessed to have
such a joyful event in the history of St.
Peter’s Church. A good number of faithful came
out to meet our Mother, to venerate and pray to
her. We are all indeed blessed to have a
wonderful priest in the person of Fr. Ronald.
“THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA”
The message of Fatima was delivered to the
world through three shepherd children in Fatima,
Portugal in 1917 and confirmed by a spectacular
miracle before 70,000 people, including
newspaper reporters, on October 13, 1917. The
message contains a warning of dire consequences
for the world as a result of sin, a request for
prayer and sacrifices as reparation for sin and
for the conversion of sinners and a promise of
peace on earth if Our Lady’s requests are
At Fatima Our Lady made five requests:
That we pray and offer sacrifices for sinners
that they may be converted;
That we have a special devotion to Her
That we pray the Holy Rosary daily;
That we fulfill the requirements of the Five
First Saturday’s devotion;
That we spread the Message of Fatima to others.
Our Lady taught us that war and social discord
are the result of sin, and the way to peace for
our nation and the world is through prayer and
sacrifices offered as reparation for sin and for
the conversion of sinners.
Katherine & Glenn Hamblin.
St. Peter's Church - Mackenzie.