Rosary rallies to mark centenary of Fatima

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Rosary rallies to mark centenary of Fatima

The 100th anniversary of the final apparitions at Fatima will be marked by prayer events in Launceston and Hobart on Saturday, October 14.

The town of Fatima in Portugal was the site of a series of Church-approved apparitions of Mary, the mother of Jesus to three young children between May 13 and October 13, 1917.

During those apparitions, Mary asked that people pray the rosary, do penance and have a devotion to her Immaculate Heart.

Tasmania was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Archbishop Julian on May 13 this year - the 100th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima.

Now Tasmanians are being invited to join communities around the world in holding a public square rosary to mark the final apparitions.

One of the organisers of the Launceston rosary rally is Mary Siejka, 87, a parishioner at the Church of the Apostles in Launceston who attends the parish’s Monday night rosary group.

She hopes that holding the event in a beautiful public park will encourage more people to be involved.

“We were pleased with how last year’s event went and we hope to get 100 people this year for the centenary of Fatima,” Mrs Siejka said.

“We need more people to pray the rosary,” she said.
Catholics throughout the world will pray the rosary in public simultaneously to ask the Heavenly Queen to grant an avalanche of graces.

A similar event is planned for Hobart later that day, with the rosary to be led by Archbishop Julian.

Event organiser Helen Sidhu says that the public praying of the rosary is an opportunity to provide witness to the faith.

“When you are praying together it’s more efficacious and we should be providing witness to other people,” she said.
She said that the rosary will be prayed in reparation for blasphemy and for the needs of Australia.

The Launceston prayer rally will be held at 11am at City Park Band Rotunda, while the Hobart rosary event will be held at 3.30pm on the lawns outside St Mary’s Cathedral, both on October 14.

Parishes throughout Tasmania are also hosting anniversary events. Please check your parish bulletins, or with your parish priest for details or our website.