News of the Apostolate
|Our Lady of Fatima asked us to pray the Rosary every day to obtain peace in the world|
We would like to let our readers know that we are finishing, as we promised in Issue number 4, the report on the National Pilgrim Virgin's trip to Hamilton, Kingston, and Peterborough Dioceses.
In the evening of October 10, Father Gruner accompanied the National Pilgrim Virgin to St. Joseph’s Parish in Brantford, Ontario. Father Chester, the pastor, was enthusiastic about the Pilgrim Virgin’s visit. In the two days he was there, Father Gruner spoke to students during the day, and to the adults of the parish in the evening about the requests of Our Lady of Fatima. The events for the evening of the first day began with a procession with the Statue from the rectory to the church. That first evening was devoted to the English-speaking parishioners and the second evening to the Polish people of the parish. The Rosary was recited, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated and Father Gruner preached and enrolled people in the Scapular. Many were enrolled the first night, so he was pleased to see almost as many the next night lined up to receive the Scapular. Both the pastor and the flock of St. Joseph’s parish gave a warm reception to the Pilgrim Virgin.
On Friday, October 19 the Pilgrim Virgin of Canada was back at St. James Church for the Portuguese parishioners of Oakville. Father Lima, one of the priests, who is used to his peoples’ devotion to Our Lady of Fatima was impressed by the response that the Portuguese gave that night. The church was full from 5:30 p.m. until after 10:00 p.m. People were calling from all over Toronto to ask how to get to St. James church to attend while the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima was visiting. At 8:30 p.m. there was an outdoor procession, then when the Statue was returned to the beautifully decorated dais in the church, people came up quietly, slowly, to kiss the Statue, thereby paying their individual homage to Our Lady. Father Lima had arranged to have the Blessed Sacrament exposed after the procession. After Benediction, for almost one and a half hours, people were still lining up to venerate Canada’s Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady which was blessed by the Holy Father at Fatima. Their spontaneous gesture of homage was very inspiring. The pastor and his people are certainly to be congratulated for their example to us all.
The visit to the Hamilton Diocese was interrupted so that the Pilgrim Virgin could visit St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kingston.
At the invitation of Father Price, Rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral, the National Pilgrim Virgin of Canada was present for a triduum in Our Lady’s honor from Saturday evening, October 20 through to October 23. Father Gruner celebrated the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday and spoke at all the Masses about Our Heavenly Mother’s Message of Fatima. After each Mass many people were enrolled in the Scapular of Mount Carmel, according to Our Lady’s wishes.
That afternoon a special Holy Hour was organized in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. There was Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament as well as a homily about how Our Lady’s message pertains to ourselves.
Our Lady’s Canonical image remained in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Monday and Tuesday for private devotions of the people during the day. In the evening, at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass a further talk about Our Lady of Fatima was given. Many people came to honor Jesus and Mary at this time. It was a beautiful visit and we are sure Our Lady poured down abundant graces on those who came to visit Her Pilgrim Statue.
On November 1 and 2 the Pilgrim Virgin was at St. Michael’s parish in Coburg, Ontario. The pastor, Father Burke was most gracious and hospitable as were the other priests and parishioners in the Peterborough Diocese. After Mass and Confessions, an all-night vigil was begun at 9:00 p.m., with exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and enrollment in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Several organizations took part, including the Catholic Women's League and the Knights of Columbus. At midnight the Legion of Mary led the prayers for the next four hours. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated at 4:00 a.m.
At the end of the visit, to Father Gruner’s pleasant surprise, several people asked if they could accompany the Statue in their own vehicles to the next parish.
Father agreed, and the little entourage made its way to Our Lady of Mercy Church in Port Hope.
Upon the arrival of the Statue at Port Hope, there was a procession to the church. Three children were dressed as the children of Fatima. At the end of the procession Father O’Dette crowned the National Pilgrim Virgin of Canada.
On Sunday Father Gruner spoke at all the Masses and enrolled many people in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The people of Our Lady of Mercy parish were indeed enthusiastic about the visit of Our Lady of Fatima.
At the end of this visit, several members of the Legion of Mary, which organized the Peterborough visit, accompanied the Pilgrim Statue to Lindsay, Ontario. In Lindsay, through the invitation of Father Dubbury, the Pilgrim Virgin had a warm reception. Many students had the opportunity to see the National Statue, and to listen to the Message of Fatima and to learn how true peace can be achieved in the world.
In Peterborough, the National Pilgrim Virgin visited the parish of St. John the Baptist at the invitation of Msgr. O’Donoghue, the pastor. Father Gruner spoke to students in the parish church in the daytime, and that evening on the occasion of Our Lady’s visit to the parish, Father was again invited to talk to the people about the Fatima message. The Statue and the presentation of Our Lady’s message was indeed well-received.
The next day, at the invitation of Father Collins, the Statue was taken to the Sacred Heart parish in Peterborough. That evening, the Knights of Columbus attended a Mass celebrated for the souls of their deceased members. After Mass, Father spoke about the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and its benefits. Many of the Knights delayed going to the reception after Mass in order to be enrolled in the Scapular.
On November 9, Father Gruner brought the Pilgrim Virgin Statue to Douro, Ontario. Father Malane, the parish priest, had arranged a special Mass for the students of St. Joseph’s parish on Friday morning. That afternoon, Father Gruner went from class to class to speak to the students, who were very interested in Our Lady of Fatima. Father Malane also arranged an all-night vigil. The church was full during the night. The sight of so many people going out of their way to honor Our Lady was beautiful and inspiring.
Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, were spent in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Peterborough. There, an all-night vigil was arranged. There were quite a few people who stayed during the night in prayer and meditation in front of the Blessed Sacrament and the Pilgrim Virgin.
We have described a few of the many visits of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue in Ontario. We would like to thank all the people who were involved in making the visits such a great success.