Williamstown parish to host Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima April 3

Williamstown parish to host Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima April 3

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Our Lady of Peace Parish in Williamstown is hosting the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on April 3.

Traveling worldwide since 1947, the statue is currently on a two-year journey across America to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima.

Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.

The tour began in March. By the time it ends in December 2017, the statue will have been to more than 100 dioceses in 50 states.

Our Lady of Peace Parish is planning a celebration to commemorate the Fatima celebrations. On Sunday, April 3, the statue will arrive in a procession into church at 8:50 a.m. followed by Mass at 9 a.m. There will also be Masses at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m. (Filipino Mass) and 6 p.m.

Following the 6 p.m. Mass will be a candlelight procession (weather permitting), ending in the church, enrollment in the brown scapular with Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament until 6:15 a.m. Monday with Benediction.

A farewell program will begin on Monday, April 4, at 3:15 p.m. with the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the rosary, and end with a procession.

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima was sculpted in 1947 by José Thedim. On Oct. 13, 1947, the statue was blessed by the bishop of Fatima and commissioned to serve as the Pilgrim Virgin that would carry the blessings of Fatima throughout the world.

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