FULL TEXT: Apostolic Penitentiary opening Our Lady of Fatima Jubilee Year

Very Blessed Father,

Samuel Joseph Aquila, Metropolitan Archbishop of Denver, acting in his own name and in the person of the Pastor, of the clergy and of all the faithful of the Parish in Lakewood, under the title of Our Lady of Fatima, from the bottom of his heart, implores the plenary indulgence for those faithful who, as true penitents and moved by charity, having purified themselves with the Sacrament of Confession, being refreshed by the Most Holy Eucharist, and finally having devoutly lifted up prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father, from the 23rd of October 2016 through the 24th of October 2017, will devoutly visit the parish church, especially on those days in which special sacred functions will be held, pious pilgrimages, and any other devotional and religious initiative in honor of the heavenly Patroness, so as to worthily celebrate the one hundred anniversary, in which the three little shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacintha, from the 13th day of May through the 13th day of October 1917, in the place of “Cova da Iria”, enjoyed the special and unexpected privilege of seeing, with their own eyes, the Virgin Mary, who, like a mother, invited them to pray for the conversion of the sinners and to do penance for the salvation of souls.

And through God, etc.

On this 18th Day of October 2016,

This Apostolic Penitentiary, by the Mandate of His Holiness Pope Francis, graciously grants a jubilee year along with the attached plenary indulgence to those faithful who, having properly fulfilled the above mentioned conditions, will visit the Parish church of Our Lady of Fatima in Lakewood in the form of a pilgrimage, and there they will devoutly take part in some sacred function or pious practice in honor of the same Virgin Mary, or at least for a suitable period of time, they will offer humble prayers to God through the intercession of Mary for the conversion of the sinners, for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, and in defense of the institute of the human family, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, the Symbol of Faith and an invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima.

Those faithful, impeded by age, illness or other grave cause, in like manner will be able to obtain the plenary indulgence if, detesting each sin and with the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions, in the presence of any little image of Fatima, will spiritually unite themselves to these jubilarian functions or pilgrimages, offering with faith to the merciful God through the intercession of Mary their own prayers and sufferings, or the discomforts of their own life.

Therefore, in the name of pastoral charity, in order to make easier the access to the achievement of God’s forgiveness through the keys of the Church, this Penitentiary earnestly asks the Pastor, along with the presbyters legitimately approved, to offer himself, with prompt and generous heart, for the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and to administer often Holy Communion to the sick.

This is effective from the present day through this Jubilee Year. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary,

Mario Card. Piacenza
Major Penitentiary


The Apostolic Penitentiary, in force of the faculties received in a very special way by the Most Holy Father in Christ and our Lord, Pope Francis by the Divine Providence, graciously grants to His Most Excellent and Reverend Father Samuel Joseph Aquila, Metropolitan Archbishop of Denver, permission, on the day 23rd of October 2016, year in which the Jubilee of the Parish of Lakewood, under the title of Our Lady of Fatima, will be solemnly opened, after offering the Divine Sacrifice in the same Parochial Church, (permission) to impart to the faithful present, who will attend in these same sacred rites, as true penitents moved by charity, the Papal Blessing along with the annexed Plenary Indulgence, gained under the usual conditions (the Sacramental Confession, the Eucharistic Communion, and the prayers according to the intentions of the Holy Father).

Those faithful, who will receive devoutly the Papal Blessing, even if, for a reasonable circumstance, they will not be physically present to the sacred rites, provided that they will follow with devout intention of mind those same rites, until the end, either broadcast through TV or radio, (those faithful) will be able to obtain the plenary indulgence, according to the norm of law, notwithstanding anything to the contrary.

Given in Rome, at this Apostolic Penitentiary, on the 18th day of October, in the Year of the Lord 2016.

Mario Card. Piacenza
Major Penitentiary

Christopher Nykiel

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Fatima Parish entrusted with ‘great responsibility’

Holy Door opened on 100th anniversary of Marian apparition

As this Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to an end, the graces will continue to flow into the Archdiocese of Denver as another Jubilee Year opens at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Lakewood.

On Oct. 23, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila celebrated a special Mass opening the Our Lady of Fatima pilgrimage year and designating the parish as a pilgrimage site until Oct. 24, 2017. The designation comes as one of several celebratory events the parish is hosting over the next year as part of the Fatima centennial celebration. Oct.13, 2017, will mark the 100th year since Our Lady appeared to the three young shepherds in Fatima, Portugal.

In being declared a pilgrimage site, a Holy Door was also opened at Our Lady of Fatima. The Holy Door will have a plenary indulgence attached to it for the faithful to receive upon the fulfillment of certain conditions.

“In the midst of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, it is a great joy to open another Jubilee Year for Our Lady of Fatima Parish and for the Archdiocese of Denver,” Archbishop Aquila told the congregation during his homily. “My dear sisters and brothers, you are entrusted with a great responsibility in this year of pilgrimage. The parish is to be one that invites people to prayer.”

Our Lady’s apparition to the three young shepherds at Fatima has become one of the Catholic Church’s most popular devotions. Archbishop Aquila explained that the message of Our Lady of Fatima had two parts.


A parishioner prays in front of a newly-donated statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. The parish was designated a pilgrimage site Oct. 23 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition in Fatima, Portugal. (Photo by Andrew Wright)

“That two-fold message was first to honor her, to honor her Immaculate Heart, to honor her as the Mother of God,” he said. “And then secondly, to pray the rosary for the conversion of sinners.”

He emphasized Mary’s importance in the tradition of the Church, saying that “the reason we honor Mary is because the Father himself honors Mary. He has chosen her from all eternity to be the Mother of God. She is highly favored by God himself”

In addition to Fatima, Our Lady has appeared in several apparitions throughout history, including Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Archbishop Aquila pointed out that these apparitions are meant to point the faithful toward Jesus.

“Look at her motherly love in all of the apparitions. It is as if the Father is saying, ‘If my son is not enough to convince your heart, let the mother of my son convince your heart,’” Archbishop Aquila said. “Look at the constant gifts she has bestowed upon the world in her apparitions.”

As part of the Fatima Centennial celebration, Our Lady of Fatima hopes to facilitate 1,000,000 rosaries prayed by the close of the pilgrimage year Oct. 24. The parish has a counter on a website dedicated to the centennial celebration, fatimacentennial.com. As of this writing, the counter reads over 678,000 rosaries prayed.

Plenary indulgence

To receive the plenary indulgence, one must visit OurLady of Fatima Parish in the form of a pilgrimage, and engage in some pious practice in honor of Mary. One must end with praying the Our Father, the Creed, and an invocation to Our Lady of Fatima.

Those unable to visit the Parish may, in the presence of an image of Our Lady of Fatima, unite themselves spiritually to a Jubilee activity.

For both, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Go to confession
  2. Receive the Eucharist
  3. Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father