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.
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6:30 pm – Arrival of the Statue and evening prayer
Cathedral open till 9pm
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
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