Seven parishes and a prayer center in the Diocese of Allentown will host the international Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima May 18-27.
This historic image of Our Lady has been traveling worldwide since 1947, when it set forth from Fatima to take her message of hope and peace to a world in need after World War II.
The image was blessed by the Bishop of Fatima, who prayed that Our Lady’s presence would accompany the statue on her travels. In 1952, it was blessed by Pope Pius XII.
The statue has visited 100 countries, including Russia and China, and is primarily how the message of Fatima spread throughout the world.
The diocesan schedule for hosting is:
Thursday, May 18 – St. John XXIII, Tamaqua; statue to arrive for 8 a.m. Mass; to St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua for 9:30 a.m. Mass; to chapel of Marian High School, Tamaqua 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; back to church for prayer and devotions; 6 p.m. Holy Hour with hymns; 7 p.m. evening Ascension Mass; www.sj23tamaqua.org.
Friday, May 19 – Previously listed stop at Sacred Heart, West Reading has been canceled.
Saturday, May 20 – Divine Mercy Healing Center, Easton; 12:30 p.m. Rosary; 12:55 p.m. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help; 1:05 p.m. praise and worship; 1:30 p.m. preaching of the Word; 2 p.m. procession; 2:20 p.m. talk; 3 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet; 3:15 p.m. Mass; 4:15 p.m. Adoration; 5 to 6 p.m. private devotion; www.divinenj.org.
Sunday, May 21 – Annunciation BVM (St. Mary), Catasauqua; 7:45 a.m. formal procession; 8 a.m. Mass; 9 to 10:15 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration; 9:10 to 10:10 a.m. Confession; 10 to 10:20 a.m. Rosary; 10:30 a.m. Mass; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adoration; 12:30 p.m. speaker, Rosary, Fatima prayers, blessing of scapulars; 1:15 p.m. closing Benediction; 1:30 to 5 p.m. church open for private devotion; www.annunciationbvm.net.
Monday, May 22 – St. Anne, Bethlehem; 8:45 a.m. procession and Mass; 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Adoration; 6:30 p.m. Benediction; 7 p.m. closing Mass and devotions; www.stannechurchbethlehem.org.
Tuesday, May 23 – St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Easton; 8 a.m. procession; 8:15 a.m. Mass followed by Adoration; 9 a.m. talk; 9:25 a.m. Rosary, consecration; 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. private prayers; noon Angelus; 3 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet; 5:30 p.m. Rosary and Litany of Our Lady of Fatima; 7 p.m. Reposition; www.stjanesofeastonpa.com.
Wednesday, May 24 – Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown; 9 a.m. school Mass with procession; 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. time for personal prayer; 6 p.m. Marian music; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Confession; 6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer; 6:45 p.m. reflection and consecration; 7 p.m. Marian hymns; 7:05 to 7:30 p.m. Rosary; 7:30 p.m. closing prayer; www.cathedral-church.org.
Thursday, May 25 – SS. Peter and Paul, Lehighton; Adoration after 8 a.m. Mass until Holy Hour 6:30 p.m.; confession 5 to 6:30 p.m. and after service; www.peterandpaulchurch.com.
Saturday, May 27 – St. Ursula, Fountain Hill; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 9 a.m. continental breakfast in Lower School Hall; 10 a.m. morning prayers, Mass, speaker, scapular enrollment explained, in the church; lunch after Mass to 1 p.m.; 1 to 3 p.m. silent Adoration, Confession, with Gregorian chanting music; 3 p.m. Divine Mercy; 3:30 p.m. CCD leads Rosary; 4 p.m. Mass, scapular enrollment, Evening Prayer for Pentecost; closing ceremony, Consecration to the Heart of Mary, Marian hymn, final procession; firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the full tour, go to www.fatimatourforpeace.com/tours.