The 32nd Annual Marian Mass, Rosary, and Candlelight Procession will be held Wednesday, September 11, at 7pm on the Marian Center Grounds (112th and Fletcher Road) near Waverly, Nebraska. Bishop James D. Conley will be the Main Celebrant and Homilist. Join us for this evening of prayer, reflection, and commemoration, specifically for the present-day crisis of faith and need for healing in the world.
This Marian event, which includes the Mass, an international rosary prayed in several languages, and a candlelight procession with the singing of Tres de Maio, began thirty-two years ago. The event was inspired by a group of pilgrims from St. Teresa’s parish who visited Fatima, Portugal and experienced the beautiful devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary. Recognizing that only a few people from the Lincoln Diocese would ever be able to attend this event in Portugal, the group decided to replicate the devotion and bring it home to Nebraska. While this Marian event has been held for over thirty years, the message never grows old and continues to inspire prayer and hope.
The story of Fatima, began in May 1917, against a backdrop of World War I, and an atheistic mindset that was sweeping across Europe. Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children, asking for prayer, penance, and to deliver the message that unless people changed their ways, “a worse war would occur”. Culminating on October 13 of the same year, the Blessed Mother asked the children to share her words, “Do not offend God anymore”, and then she pointed to the sun, at which point it began to pulse and spin, and eventually appeared to fall to the earth, sending pilgrims fleeing and begging for mercy. Many pilgrims were healed in this moment, and as the sun returned to the sky, the grounds were completely dry, though they had been saturated with rain for days prior. This is known as the Miracle of the Sun, and is a historically documented event.
St. Teresa’s parish commemorates this event as near the September 13th apparition as possible, with this year’s event falling on September 11, which is an historic date for our own country, in memory of the 9-11 attack some eighteen years ago. Outdoor accommodations will be available with restrooms, wheelchair accessibility, and seating. Candles and rosaries will be available for the procession. A free-will donation will be taken up to cover expenses. Youth groups and parishioners of all ages are encouraged to come.
Please join pilgrims from across our city and surrounding communities this September 11th, so that we may gather as a unified family of prayer to combat the evils that now face our world, and pray for peace.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ at 7pm.