Join Archbishop Aquila on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima for Mass

Mass will be livestreamed May 13 at 5 p.m.

Aaron Lambert

May 13 marks the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila will celebrate a special Mass for the faithful to tune into.

The Mass will be livestreamed at 5 p.m. It serves as the end of the novena to Our Lady of Fatima Archbishop Aquila invited the faithful to pray beginning on May 4.

The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is one of the most beloved and popular feasts in the Church’s liturgical year, and praying for her intercession is especially pertinent right now, as the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2016, as the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions to the three young shepherds at Fatima approached, Archbishop Aquila penned a column in which he described the hope of the message of Our Lady of Fatima. The words he wrote still ring true today.

“As we approach the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima, there is a final related aspect of her message that I would like to underscore: the revelation that God wants to save people from going to Hell by establishing devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart throughout the world,” he wrote. “The message is this: that Mary wishes to assist us, through her Immaculate Heart, in bringing the world back to God. Mary’s deepest desire is that the world come to know the mercy and love of her Son. That every human being may encounter him and put their faith in him.

“With the state of our world and the suffering that we see around us, it might be tempting to think our own small sacrifices and prayers won’t make a difference. But we should remember the words that the Angel who visited the shepherd children before Mary appeared: ‘The hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs for you. You must offer your prayers and sacrifices to God, the Most High.'”

In October 2017, Archbishop Aquila consecrated the Archdiocese of Denver to Our Lady of Fatima.

COMING UP: Pray this Novena to Our Lady of Fatima starting May 4

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Please join the four bishops of the three Catholic Dioceses of Colorado (Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo) in praying a Novena to Our Lady of Fatima beginning May 4 through May 12.  We ask Our Blessed Mother to intercede for us before her Son for a swift end to the Coronavirus pandemic, a complete surrender to Jesus and to His Divine Mercy, and that we might return to regular Mass attendance with a revitalized devotion to and belief in His Real Presence in the Eucharist.  We also implore the intercession of two of the Fatima visionaries who died of the Spanish Flu pandemic  St. Francisco Marto and St. Jacinta Marto. 

You are welcome to use this Novena as a guide, or of course implore Our Lady’s intercession through the many different versions available elsewhere. 

Daily Prayer: 

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary and Mother of Mercy, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts and the hearts of all the faithful of Colorado with sincere love of this devotion.  Trusting in your maternal mercy, and grateful for the goodness of your Immaculate Heart, we beg you to hear our prayers and to answer the favors we so earnestly seek of you in this novena:  

Namely, for a swift end to the Coronavirus pandemic, for a prompt return to regular Mass attendance with a revitalized devotion to and belief in Jesus’ Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharistfor a complete surrender to Jesus and to His Divine Mercy, and for any other intentions we may offer (mention any additional requests here) 

We ask this of you,  for the greater glory of God, for your own honor and for the good of all people.  Amen. 

(Optional):  My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You!  Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners. Amen. (These are the prayers taught by the Angel to the children at Fatima). 

(Optional): Recitation of the Rosary