HASTINGS (SNR) – A “Day of Inspiration” focused on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, in Hastings.
The day begins at 1 p.m. at the Holy Cross Chapel, 223 E. 14th St., Hastings, formerly part of the Crosier Monastery. The event is sponsored by St. Cecilia Parish in Hastings.
In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared several times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal – Sister Lúcia Santos and her cousins Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who were canonized by Pope Francis in May. The apparitions were preceded by visits from an angel, and the formal apparitions concluded with the Oct. 13, 1917 “Miracle of the Sun.”
However, “the message of Fatima continues today,” according to Bob Sullivan of St. Cecilia Parish, who is organizing the Oct. 28 day of inspiration.
“In fact, Sister Lucia continued to receive messages and visions long after October 13, 1917,” Sullivan said. “Please join us as we consider how the message of Fatima is relevant in our lives today and how we as Christians, can apply this information and inspiration to our daily lives in order to glorify God and do our part in showing the truth, beauty and goodness of God to our family members and the world around us.”
The first speaker will be Father Scott Courtney, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Geneva and St. Mary in Shickley. He will demonstrate the beauty of the message of Fatima through the messages given to Sister Lucia, as well as through the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Mother.
Doug Barry, host of the EWTN hit series “Battle Ready,” travels far and wide, teaching Christians about spiritual warfare, the significant of all Marian apparitions and keeping God at the center of one’s life.
During the Oct. 28 event, Barry will share the urgency of the message of Fatima and inspire listeners with practical ways to draw on the arsenal of Catholicism in the spiritual battles that lay ahead.
Bishop James D. Conley will then explain how and why people in the heartland of America are on the front lines of the battle between good and evil. As St. Paul says in Ephesians 6:12, “Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Bishop Conley will draw on the message of Fatima to give strategies and tactics necessary for this battle.
At 4 p.m., Bishop Conley will lead a Eucharistic procession from Holy Cross Chapel to St. Cecilia Church, 301 W. 7th, where he will celebrate Mass at 5 p.m. If inclement weather makes the procession impossible, there will be Eucharistic adoration from 4 to 5 p.m. in St. Cecilia Church.
After Mass, meetings will be held to dig deeper into the role each person plays in spiritual battle. Doug Barry will meet with the men, and Teresa Monaghen, A.O. of Elkhorn will meet with women. She is a consecrated woman in the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates and full-time promoter of the Pro Sanctity Movement, a worldwide organization dedicated to the universal call to holiness in everyday life.
There is no cost to attend the Oct. 28 “Day of Inspiration,” but if attendees benefit from this event in any way, St. Cecilia Parish will be grateful for any donation they would like to make in order to help pay the costs of the event, and to help the parish evangelize and inspire others to embrace the Gospel and help build the Kingdom of God on earth.
To attend, please RSVP at www.stceciliahastings.com or call or text Bob Sullivan at 402-469-5149.