NEWS: Ukraine!!; How are the events in the Ukraine related to Fatima?  There are many connections between the messages of Fatima in regarding Russia as we know, but what many people may not know is how closely the country of Ukraine is related. Three years almost to the day of Our Lady’s appearance in the Cova de Iria in Fatima Portugal She appeared in the Ukraine in the village of Hrushiv.

This took place two weeks before the outbreak of World War I, on May 12, 1914, our Blessed Mother appeared in Hrushiv, Ukraine.  Twenty-two people, who were mowing fields near the local church of the Holy Trinity, all witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary.  She said to them, “There will be a war.  Russia will become a godless country.  The Ukraine, as a nation, will suffer terribly for eighty years – and will have to live through the world wars, but it will be free afterwards.”  People gathered from the entire area to see the apparition – which lasted into the next day.  Then, on April 26, 1987, seventy-three years later and exactly one year to the day after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, a bright light covered this church of the Holy Trinity church in Hrushiv.  A television program recorded part of this phenomenon.  From within this “impressive silver dazzle” over the church, the Virgin Mary appeared and floated above the cupola of the church. She first appeared to Marina Kizan, age 12, who immediately called her mother and a few neighbors – who then came, and all saw her there.  Soon, hundreds and then thousands came from all over Russia to see the apparitions which continued every day until August 15, 1987. That year was a Marian Year declared by Pope John Paul II.   It is estimated that a total of 500,000 people had seen her by the time these apparitions ended.   The crowd on most days could reach as many as 45,000 to 70,000 people at one time.  Neither the Soviet militia nor the KGB could manage the crowds.  The Virgin Mary was even seen by KGB agents who later converted.  Many priests (from the underground Catholic churches) came and provided as many as ten Holy masses per day in front of the church. The church had been closed years earlier by the Soviet leaders. The Catholic Church in Ukraine always remained loyal to the Pope and the church in Rome. The Communist tried to destroy the church and they were forced underground.  These are just some of the messages that were documented at that time:

 “I have come on purpose to thank the Ukrainian people because you have suffered most for the church of Christ in the last 70 years.  I have come to comfort you and to tell you that your suffering will soon come to an end.  Ukraine will become an independent state.”

“Teach the children to pray.  Teach them to live in truth and live yourselves in truth.  Say the Rosary.  It is the weapon against Satan.  He fears the Rosary.  Recite the Rosary at any gathering of people.”

Our Lady predicted that Ukraine would “suffer terribly for eighty years” before gaining independence. The Ukraine declared independence and it was ratified it in Kiev on August 24, 1991 – some 77 years after Blessed Mary’s prediction in 1914!

In May of that year Pope John Paul II made his second pilgrimage to Fatima on the 10-year anniversary of the attempted assassination in St. Peter’s square in Rome to thank Our Lady for her intervention in the events that were occurring around the world. That same year we saw the end of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Communist government in Russia. I believe these events were all the results of the Consecration of Russia by Pope John Paul II on March 25, 1984. I have heard some say that we may have even adverted a nuclear war at that moment.  The question yet remains; has Russia been converted? I hope that this latest Consecration of Russia will have as much dramatic effects as the one some 38 years earlier. Let us take the advice of our Mother in Heaven and repent, do penance and pray the Rosary for the end of the war.


FIRST SATURDAY:   On Saturday April 2nd we will celebrate the First Saturday Mass and devotion; the celebrant will be the most Rev. James Doran O.M.V Confessions will be available, and coffee/doughnuts/refreshments.


MMP PRAYER CENACLE:   The next Marian Movement of Priest prayer Cenacles will be held at the shrine on Saturday April 9th & 23rd at 9:00 am. Please join us we pray for priest, peace and the family.


SANTO ROSARIO: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Fátima. The Spanish Community of St. Columbkille’s most Holy Rosary group meets at the shrine at 3pm every First Saturday of the month for song, prayer and fellowship all are welcomed.


SUNDAY ROSARY FOR PEACE: There are many of us who meet at the shrine every Sunday to come together to pray The Rosary for peace.  We begin around 2pm, all are welcomed.


REMINDER:   A Pro-Life Rosary for our nation continues at the Shrine daily around noon all are welcomed; With a special attention given to the devotion of the Holy Face of Christ, and the Flame of Love.


THE HOMELESS:  I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed to the homeless drive we held at the shrine on Saturday the 19th of March the feast of St. Joseph.  Through your generosity the Crusaders of Fatima were able to donate $423 and many items that were collected at the Mass requested by the St. Anthony’s Parish in Allston’s CCD program for their Lenten drive for the Homeless at the Pine Street Inn.


*The people of Hrushiv Ukraine had planted a weeping willow tree at the site many years ago, commemorating an appearance of the Blessed Mother some 350 years earlier.  Later, a spring suddenly appeared beneath the tree.  During the severe cholera epidemic of 1855, a local person dreamed that the Virgin had instructed the residents to clear and reclaim the ancient spring and hold Mass.  Not one cholera death was reported afterwards.



There will be a board meeting following the First Saturday devotion at the shrine for those board members.