Pray­ing Rosary to­gether

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - (Above) Peo­ple hold­ing their rosary beads to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the Ap­pari­tions of Our Lady at Fa­tima at Nagam­bie on Oc­to­ber 14. Pic­tured (back) is Bob King, Keith Bolton, Roweena, Terry Bolton, Marg Win­nell, Fleur Smith, Mau­reen Sharp and Sue

Mem­bers of St Mary’s Par­ish, Sey­mour, gath­ered to­gether at the Al­pha St park in An­zac Ave to pray the Rosary in pub­lic.

‘Aus­tralia needs Fa­tima’ asked peo­ple from around Aus­tralia to unite on Oc­to­ber 14 and cre­ate a Rosary chain, and Sey­mour, Avenel and Nagam­bie were all in­volved.

The cen­te­nary of Fa­tima was also ob­served at Nagam­bie when peo­ple gath­ered to join in a pub­lic Rosary that was or­gan­ised for Our Lady, in the world­wide Rosary chain.

The In­ter­na­tional Cru­sade of Repa­ra­tion — 100 Years of Fa­tima, com­mem­o­rates 100 years ago since the Ap­pari­tions of Our Lady at Fa­tima were seen.

The Fa­tima Cen­te­nary is a ma­jor mo­ment for the church.

Then and still now, be­liev­ers from across the world travel to Fa­tima in Por­tu­gal to ob­serve first hand what hap­pened there to three small chil­dren — Lu­cia, Fran­cisco and Jac­inta.

St Malachy’s Catholic Church parish­ioner Norm Cahill or­gan­ised the com­mem­o­ra­tion ob­ser­vance on the Ja­cob­sons Out­look gar­dens fac­ing Lake Nagam­bie.

In 1954 Mr Cahill trav­elled to Europe for a ten­nis tour, and de­cided after the games were done to go on a pil­grim­age to Lour­des and Fa­tima.

‘‘2017 marks the cen­te­nary of the Ap­pari­tions of Our Lady to the three chil­dren in Fa­tima,’’ he said.

‘‘The mes­sages of Our Lady to the chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly the call to pray the Rosary, in­ter­ced­ing for world peace, has been em­braced by Catholics in the early part of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury.’’

On May 13, 2013, the bishop of Por­tu­gal con­se­crated Pope Fran­cis’ pon­tif­i­cate to Our Lady at Fa­tima, in re­sponse to his re­quest. Later that year, he cel­e­brated the Mar­ian Day in the Year of Faith in St Peter’s Square, in front of the statue of Our Lady that had been brought from Fa­tima.

By his de­vo­tion to Our Lady of Fa­tima, Pope Fran­cis has shown the Church that the Fa­tima mes­sage re­mains just as rel­e­vant as ever.

The Nagam­bie pil­grims joined with a mil­lion Rosaries to pray in re­sponse to the re­quest of the Mother of God, who asked for conversion, prayer and penance.

— Diane Grant

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