Monday, October 23, 2017

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

Last week, the students of the Religious Education Program celebrated the 100th Anniversary of our Blessed Mother appearing to three cousins in Fatima, Portugal.  The Blessed Mother first appeared to them on May 13, 1917 and then asked them to visit her on the 13th of each month. During these visits, she told them of God's desire to bring all sinners back to Him. She asked the children to pray for peace, the end to war for the country of Russia and for all sinners.  She told them to pray the rosary daily so that they would grow closer to Jesus.  On October 13, 1917, she appeared to the the children a final time.  It was a rainy day, but Lucia, Francesco, and Jacinta were joined by over 70,000 people who came to see the miracle of our Lady.  At this last appearance, Mary told the children she wanted a chapel to be built on the spot and for the children to continue to pray the rosary for peace and for sinners.  Then the sky cleared, and the sun appeared and began to zig and zag and dance through the sky. The people became frightened because the son looked as though it was going to fall to the earth, but then it stopped and returned to its spot in the sky. All of the people were now completely dry and clean. 

To commemorate this anniversary, Grade 1 watched a video on Our Lady of Fatima and learned the story of The Miracle of the Sun.  Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 took a short pilgrimage to the statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the side of our church. They listened to the story of the Miracle at Fatima and learned how to pray the rosary. Then together, we prayed a decade of the rosary for peace. It was a wonderful to see that many of the children brought their own rosaries to pray along with us. During our Sunday celebration, we were joined by some of our parishioners as they were leaving 9am Mass and some of the members of the Rosary Society. We ended both days of our celebration by placing flowers at the feet of our Blessed Mother.

Thank you to Catherine Sergott and Karen Visco for sharing these photos.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Suggested Items List
Monetary Donations will also be accepted to purchase needed items. 
Please drop in collection basket in an envelope marked “Box of Joy”

Handheld Toys                                                                     
Small plush animals
Small balls (tennis, etc.)
Ball (deflated) with pump
Cars / Trucks 
Mini puzzle
Finger puppets
Silly Putty
Bean bag / Hacky sack
Unopened fast food toys
Harmonica, kazoo or other small instrument
Jump rope
Paddle ball
Mini board games, Balloons
Craft kit (beads, elastic, etc.) Pom-poms

Pencils, colored pencils, solar calculator, sharpener
Small board books, erasers
Pencil case, crayons, pens, markers, ruler
Glue stick (no liquid) safety scissors, coloring books, notepads
Self-inking stamp
Flash cards

Please seal in a Ziplock-Style bag (No chocolates)
Individual Cookie/Snack Packs (Costco multiple serving size boxes, etc.)

Shorts, Underwear, T-shirts
Flip flops, bandanas, hats shoelaces, plastic poncho

Comb / Brush
Forks & Spoons
Cup / Bottle with lid
Bar Soap
Toothpaste (in the box) Toothbrush and floss, bandages
Hand wipes (no gels) Tissues
Lip balm
Manicure kit
Nail clippers / Emery board

Purse or wallet, sunglasses, necklace
Hair ribbons
Hair / Head bands, barrettes, bracelets
Cross or Rosary

Sewing kit
LED keychain
Duct tape
No-battery flashlight
Drawstring bag