NEWS: I think by now that most of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions, but it is never too late to begin again. We have an opportunity on the 22nd with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Although Christmas just ended, there are some who still hold to a belief in what is known as little Christmas on February 2nd; There are those who hold that the feast of The Presentation actually provides closure to Christmas. The 2nd of February is also known as candlemas known for the blessing of the candles. These newly blessed candles will be used the following day on the feast of St. Blaze for the blessing of the throats; a good devotional practice in these times of pandemics, and mysterious viruses. It is also this month that we recall the International day of prayer for the sick recognized each year on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which falls on a Saturday this year. Here at the shrine we will be holding our monthly Cenacle of prayer where we come together and pray for our priest on that day. We follow the Marian Movement of Priest format starting with mass, rosary, and adoration, all are welcomed. There is another tradition that we have established at the shrine of which we close out the month with, and that is the feast day of St. Jacinta & Francisco, the two shepard children of Fatima. We will celebrate their feast day this year on Saturday February 25th again with mass, rosary, and adoration. The official feast is recognized on the church’s calendar on the 20th of February for both saints. This year this day is shared with Presidents day. All these events are a good occasion to come together and pray in the most meaningful way as Our Lady had requested at Fatima. As we consider the message of Fatima, and make reparations and small sacrifices for the conversion of sinners, don’t forget to pray for our nation and the world. Consider your next trip to the shrine to pray a rosary, or light a votive candle for a loved one. Let us all pray for the end of the war!
FIRST SATURDAY: The First Saturday will be held on Saturday February 04th at 9:00 am at the Fatima Shrine Boston. Rev. Ron Tacelli S.J will preside.
MMP PRAYER CENACLE: The next Marian Movement of Priest prayer Cenacles will be held on Saturday February 11th at the shrine at 9:00 am.
PRO-LIFE MASS: The Pro-life Mass on February 18th at 10:30 am at the Fatima Shrine;the third Saturday of the month.
JACINTA & FRANCISCO FEAST: Mass will be held at 9:00 am on February 25th at the Fatima Shrine.
SUNDAY ROSARY FOR PEACE: A Group meets at the shrine every Sunday to pray The Rosary for peace at 2pm.