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.