Last year marked 100 years since the Blessed Virgin Mary
graced three children with her presence in Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady is said
to have visited three young shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta while they
were out in the fields watching their sheep. The children saw a bright light
over a nearby oak tree and a lady dressed in white was enshrined within. The
lady told them that she came from Heaven and that she would visit them at the
same time and at the same place each month for the next six months. The visit
gained much attention with the local authorities who believed the attention
gained by these events was politically disruptive. The young shepherds were
asked by Mary to say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world to end
the First World War.
The statue is currently embarking on a pilgrimage from Rome
where it was blessed by Pope Francis before setting off around world. The
Our Lady of Fatima statue has recently been visiting parishes around Perth and
will continue to do so over the next week before she departs.
The statue visited La Salle College on Thursday 6 September where a Mass was held and
students had the opportunity to visit during Religious Education classes.