International pilgrim statue comes to Waynesville
The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of our Lady of Fatima will be in Waynesville at Saint John’s Catholic Church onSunday, March 12. Sent out to bring the Message of Fatima to the world, the statue has traveled the world, visiting more than 100 countries.
The statue was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim, based on the description of Sister Lucia, one of the three young seers who saw Our Lady each month from May to October 1917 in Fatima, Portugal.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the appearances of the mother of Jesus to three shepherd children in the Portuguese village of Fatima. During those six months, the Virgin communicated her divine son’s desire that people repent and pray for world peace and for the salvation of souls.
The series of apparitions culminated in the “Miracle of the Sun” on Oct. 13, which was witnessed by and reported on by an estimated crowd of 70,000 people, some of whom were not Christian believers.
Events of the day
— Rosary in Spanish, 9 a.m.
— Children’s presentation and Rosary, 9:45 a.m.
— Sunday Mass, followed by procession and Rosary 11 a.m.
— Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.
After the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Our Lady’s statue will depart on the next stage of her journey. All are welcome to attend any of these events and participate as they are able in this unique opportunity for prayer and praise.
Saint John’s Catholic Church is located at 234 Church St., Waynesville. For more information, call the parish office at 456-6707 or visit stjohnwaynesville.org.