Fatima statue and Relics 2017

May 13th 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Mary appeared to Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia on the 13th day of the month from May to October, 1917. She invited them to pray, fast and do penance for the sake of the world, which was witnessing the atrocities of the first world war. The children heard Mary warn them about worse atrocities to come, but she told them to trust in the victory of her Immaculate Heart. The messages of Fatima were a great gift to the world in the twentieth century and they continue to guide and inspire the Church today.

As part of our celebration, we will welcome the National Virgin Pilgrim Statue to the Diocese of Middlesbrough, from the 9th September to 15th September. The statue and the relics of St. Jacinta and St. Francisco will be available for veneration at St. Mary’s Cathedral, from Wednesday 13th September to Friday 15th September.

Read the story of Fatima here

Download the Event Poster

Do Catholics worship statues? Click here

Wednesday 13th

6:30 pm – Arrival of the Statue and evening prayer

Cathedral open till 9pm

Thursday 14th

Cathedral will be open 7:30am till 9pm

Video of the history of Fatima will play in the hall throughout the day

The Sacrament of Confession will be available throughout the day

6:30pm Mass

Friday 15th

Cathedral will be open from 7am

Mass at 7:15am

Farewell mass at 12 noon

The statue and relics will then travel to their next destination