'The Triumph' comes to St. John’s Feb. 12-15
One hundred years ago this year, the Virgin Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children near a Portuguese mountain village called Fatima. World War I was raging, and in the name of her son, Jesus, she called for repentance and conversion and prophesied that worse was to come — both in time and eternity — if that call was not heeded.
Grim as this part of the message was, though, it ended with a message of great hope — “Finally,” she said, “my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
Understanding this “Triumph” will be the objective of a parish mission conducted at Saint John’s Catholic Church from Feb. 12-15 by Fr. David Gunter of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.
The Marians of the Immaculate Conception is a religious community dedicated to spreading the message of divine mercy throughout the world.
Fr. Gunter will celebrate the weekend Masses at Saint John’s at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday; and at Immaculate Conception in Canton at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
The mission will begin at Saint John’s at 4 p.m. Sunday, when he gives his personal testimony. There will be additional presentations on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 6 p.m.
In March, a “Pilgrim Statue” of Our Lady of Fatima will be brought to Saint John’s. More details will be forthcoming.
Saint John’s is located at 234 Church St., Waynesville. For more information, call the parish office at 456-6707 or visit stjohnwaynesville.org.