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OUR

LADY OF
THE
HOLY
ROSARY
October 7
On October 7, the Roman Catholic Church
celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the
Rosary. Known for several centuries by the
alternate title of Our Lady of Victory, the
feast day takes place in honor of a 16th
century naval victory which secured Europe
against Turkish invasion. Pope St. Pius V
attributed the victory to the intercession of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on
the day of the battle through a campaign to
pray the Rosary throughout Europe.
February
11
Our Lady of Lourdes is a Roman
Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin
Mary venerated in honor of the Marian
apparitions that reportedly occurred in
1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes in France.
The first of these is the apparition of 11
February 1858, when 14-year
old Bernadette Soubirous told her mother
that a "lady" spoke to her in the cave of
Massabielle (a kilometre and a half (1 mi)
from the town) while she was gathering
firewood with her sister and a friend.
Similar apparitions of the alleged
"Lady" were reported on
seventeen occasions that year,
until the climax revelation of Our
Lady of the Immaculate
Conception took place.
The Story
of Fatima
The Story of Fatima
This is a story about three
shepherd children who lived
near the town of Fatima, in
Portugal.

The events took place in 1917,


at a time when the Catholic
Church in Portugal was being
persecuted.
Jacinta Francisco Lucia
age 7 age 9 age 10
The little town of Fatima
remained true to the faith.
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The Story of Fatima
One day, in 1916,
when the children
were looking after
their sheep an angel
appeared to them.

The angel appeared


The Angel of Peace to them three times.
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The Story of Fatima
The angel taught the
children some
prayers.

The children were


being prepared to
meet Our Lady.
The Angel of Peace

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The Story of Fatima
In 1917, Our Lady
appeared to the
children six times.
This took place
between May and
October, on the
thirteenth day of
each month.
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The Story of Fatima
At first, no one believed that
the children had seen Our Lady.
For a few days, the children
were put in prison because it
was thought they were telling
lies. But the children were very
brave; they told the truth
about what they had seen.

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The Story of Fatima
Our Lady wanted the
children to know how
important it is to pray. She
gave a special message to the
children for all the world:

to pray for peace in the


world
to say the Rosary every day
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The Story of Fatima
to be sorry for our sins
and to make acts of
penance (as we do in
Lent)

to pray for souls to go to


heaven

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Miracle of the Sun
Lucia asked Our Lady to perform a miracle that
everyone could see, so that they would be
believed. On 13th October 1917, there was a
miracle of the sun witnessed by 70,000 people.

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The Story of Fatima

After the Miracle of


the Sun, many more
people believed the
children and they
began to pray more
often.
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The Story of Fatima
Sadly, a few years later both
Francisco and Jacinta died of an
illness that spread through
Europe. Francisco died on 4
April 1919 and Jacinta died on
20 February 1920.

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The Story of Fatima
Lucia lived a long life. She
became a Carmelite Nun,
known as, Sr. Maria Lucia of
the Immaculate Heart.
Sr. Lucia wrote two books
telling her story. She died on
February 13, 2005, aged 97!

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Fatima is now a place of
pilgrimage.
People go there from all
over the world to honour
Our Lady and to pray the
Rosary for peace.

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Pope John Paul II beatified


Francisco and Jacinta Marto
on May 13th 2000 in a
celebration attended by more
than 700,000 people.

It is hoped that they will soon


be canonized (made saints).

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Saint Francisco
and Saint Jacinta
(May 13, 2017)
The Story of Fatima
How can we respond to the message of
Fatima?

Pray often
Say the Rosary
Work for peace
Be sorry for the wrong things we do

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Do you know the prayers of the Rosary?

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
Hail Holy Queen

Learn these prayers


Learn how to say the Rosary
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Glory Be a prayer to the Holy Trinity
Glory Be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen

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Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy towards us,
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.
Amen.

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