Rosary gatherings across Tasmania mark centenary of Fatima apparitions

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Rosary gatherings across Tasmania mark centenary of Fatima apparitions

Tasmanians celebrated the centenary of the final apparition of Fatima enthusiastically with gatherings around the state held to mark the event.

Organisers of a public square rosary in Launceston on October 14 were pleased with the turnout, which saw an increase in numbers compared to last year.

More than 80 people gathered at the City Park rotunda to be part of a rosary chain stretching around Australia to mark the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Fatima.

Organiser Mary Siejka, 87, said the City Park Rosary had a beautiful atmosphere.

“Today we are part of 215 groups around Australia who are praying the rosary in public simultaneously,” she told those gathered at City Park.

A Hobart rosary rally organised for later that day attracted around 150 participants who, led by Archbishop Julian, prayed the rosary while processing through the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral.

Organiser Helen Sidhu said she was surprised by the numbers of attendees.

“I expected about 20, and would have been fairly happy with 30, but people just kept turning up so I’m really happy.”

She said that the anniversary of 100 years since the Marian apparitions at Fatima and the consecration of Tasmania to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Archbishop Julian earlier this year made holding the rosary rally “particularly timely”.

“It’s a witness to the faith and it’s a witness to each other to see that we’re all praying that rosary,” she said.

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima and a candle which had been brought from Fatima headed the procession, along with a banner announcing that the rosary was being prayed to “obtain God’s merciful blessings for Australia”.

Agnes Parr, 23, attended the Hobart rosary rally and says that she finds praying the rosary brings her peace, helps her focus on her faith, and draw closer to Jesus and Mary.
“I got a lot out of today, it was obviously very grace-filled. It was good to see so many people here sharing the same faith and praying together,” she said.

Smaller celebrations marking the centenary of the Fatima apparitions were held in parishes around Tasmania.

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