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Fatima Statue Will Visit the Diocese

Pope Francis touches a statue of Our Lady of Fatima after praying in front of it during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 13, 2015. The statue, which was present for the May 13 feast of Our Lady of Fatima, is a copy of the original in Fatima, Portugal. It is similar to the one that will be present in the Diocese of Brooklyn from May 19 to May 23. (Photo © Paul Haring)
Pope Francis touches a statue of Our Lady of Fatima after praying in front of it during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 13, 2015. The statue, which was present for the May 13 feast of Our Lady of Fatima, is a copy of the original in Fatima, Portugal. It is similar to the one that will be present in the Diocese of Brooklyn from May 19 to May 23. (Photo © Paul Haring)

The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will visit two churches in Brooklyn and one in Queens, May 19-23, as part of its historic two-year journey across America.

Called the Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace, it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Angel of Peace (1916) and the Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal (1917).

The tour began in March in Metuchen, N.J., and coincides with the centenary celebrations in Fatima where Pope Francis is expected to visit in May, 2017.

The statue will arrive in the Diocese of Brooklyn on Thursday, May 19, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Dyker Heights.

It will be there from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with Mass scheduled to be celebrated at 7 p.m.

On Friday, May 20, the statue will travel to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Prospect Heights, where it will arrive at noon and remain overnight, departing on May 21, noon. NET TV will broadcast the Statue’s arrival, LIVE on Friday, May 20, beginning at 3 PM, followed by Holy Mass at 7 PM. A farewell Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 21 at 12Noon – LIVE. Click here to go to NET TV.

There will be an all-night vigil. For more information about this stop, call the co-cathedral at 718-638-1071.

On Sunday, May 22, the statue will visit Our Lady of Fatima Church in East Elmhurst. The Sunday schedule will include a noon bilingual Mass with Bishop Alfonso Cabezas.

During the day, there will be a procession, crowning of Mary, Mass, Marian concert, scapular enrollment, dance performance, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, consecration of the Blessed Mother, rosary, novena, Divine Mercy, veneration and benediction.

On Monday, May 23, Masses will be offered there at 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 8 p.m. On that day, there also will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a school play, rosary and novena, consecration to Our Lady of Fatima and a farewell to Our Lady.

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