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Maine Celebrations Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima Apparitions

         Plenary Indulgence Associated with Anniversary Continues through November 26

PORTLAND---On May 13-14, celebrations around Maine marked the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, where the Blessed Mother appeared once each month from May 13 until October 13, 1917. For 20 pictures from many of the gatherings, including celebrations in Waterville, Gorham, Bath, Rockland, Kennebunk, Pittsfield, and Sanford, see below. To read the full story from the special outdoor Mass near the Fatima shrine at St. Bernard Church in Rockland, click here.

The jubilee year continues through November 26, 2017. During this graced time, the Holy Father has granted a plenary indulgence for those who fulfill the necessary conditions. The plenary indulgence of the jubilee is granted to:

  • the faithful who visit the Shrine of Fatima in Portugal and devotedly participate in a celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the Symbol of Faith (Creed), and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
     
  • the faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any temple, oratory, or adequate place, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions (the 13th of each month from May to October 2017) and devotedly participate there in any celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the Symbol of Faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
     
  • and to the faithful who, due to their age, illness, or other serious reason, are impeded of moving, but pray in front of a statue or image of Our Lady of Fatima to spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions (the 13th of each month from May to October 2017). They must also offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.

To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions of going to confession and receiving the Eucharist, being interiorly detached from sin, and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father.