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Praying Rosary together

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November 11, 2017

Locals holding their rosary beads to commemorate the centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima at Nagambie on October 14.Praying: Pictured (back) is Bob King, Keith Bolton, Roweena, Terry Bolton, Marg Winnell, Fleur Smith, Maureen Sharp and Sue Anderson

and (front) Miriam, Margaret Jennings, Anne King and Sam Doyle.

Members of St Mary’s Parish, Seymour, gathered together at the Alpha St park in Anzac Ave to pray the Rosary in public.

‘Australia needs Fatima’ asked people from around Australia to unite on October 14 and create a Rosary chain, and Seymour, Avenel and Nagambie were all involved.

The centenary of Fatima was also observed at Nagambie when people gathered to join in a public Rosary that was organised for Our Lady, in the world-wide Rosary chain.

The International Crusade of Reparation — 100 Years of Fatima, commemorates 100 years ago since the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima were seen.

The Fatima Centenary is a major moment for the church.

Then and still now, believers from across the world travel to Fatima in Portugal to observe first hand what happened there to three small children — Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.

St Malachy’s Catholic Church parishioner Norm Cahill organised the commemoration observance on the Jacobsons Outlook gardens facing Lake Nagambie.

In 1954 Mr Cahill travelled to Europe for a tennis tour, and decided after the games were done to go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes and Fatima.

‘‘2017 marks the centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to the three children in Fatima,’’ he said.

‘‘The messages of Our Lady to the children, particularly the call to pray the Rosary, interceding for world peace, has been embraced by Catholics in the early part of the twentieth century.’’

On May 13, 2013, the bishop of Portugal consecrated Pope Francis’ pontificate to Our Lady at Fatima, in response to his request. Later that year, he celebrated the Marian Day in the Year of Faith in St Peter’s Square, in front of the statue of Our Lady that had been brought from Fatima.

By his devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis has shown the Church that the Fatima message remains just as relevant as ever.

The Nagambie pilgrims joined with a million Rosaries to pray in response to the request of the Mother of God, who asked for conversion, prayer and penance.

— Diane Grant

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