ON OCTOBER 7 two bus loads of pilgrims travelled to Bendigo from Cobram and on the way picked up more passengers, including those from Shepparton, arriving at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo in time for mass and other Marian devotions in honour of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima is a Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary based on the famed Marian apparitions reported over several months in 1917 to three shepherd children in Covo da Iria, in Fatima Portugal. The three children were Lucia dos Santos and her cousin, Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
Our Lady appeared to the three children on the 13th day of each month from May to October.
The final day, October 13, 2017 was the day that brought thousands of people to witness the miracle of the ‘dancing sun’ at Cova da Iria. Even the skeptics were converted and believed.
Popes Pius XII, Paul Vl, Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis have all voiced their acceptance of the supernatural origin of the Fatima event and along with this year’s guest speaker, Bishop Les Tomlison, continue to spread the message from Our Lady to pray rosary for the good of the world. The rosary is not an extra option. It has the power to transform the world.
The pilgrims who travelled to Bendigo all voiced their gratitude, were full of praise and felt that the day was a great blessing for all the participants; it was a sight for the eyes, a delight for the ears and a feast for the heart.
A public square rosary will be held In St Brendan’s garden on Saturday, October 13 at 10:30am followed by morning tea and all are welcome.