Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

Fatima Shrine, Lewinston, NY

Fatima Shrine, Lewinston, NY

The origin of the word “sanctuary” comes from the Latin sancturarium derived from saunctus which in turn means “holy.” That is to say the choir’s place located around the altar, which is where the liturgical celebrations and especially the Eucharist take place.

The religious act that constitutes a pilgrimage is a concrete gesture of a Christian’s desire to meet God : “Pilgrims often come to shrines particularly well-disposed to seek the grace of forgiveness; they should be helped to open themselves to the Father “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4),(31) in truth and in freedom, consciously and responsibly, so that their encounter with his grace will give rise to a truly new life.” (Cf. The Shrine: Memory, Presence and Prophecy of the Living God)

In this spirit of pilgrimage to meet God through the intercession of Mary, two different groups visited the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima located in Lewiston, New York, accompanied by Father Julio Ubbelhode for a day retreat on the importance of Marian devotion.

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One Response

  1. Laura De Luca

    Salve Maria!
    I’m so happy to know, even by photos,this Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. I found it very criative to place Maria over the the Earth, as She really is our Mother and Queen!
    I’m glad to see our Padre Julio, do Oratorio de Sao Paulo. God bless you, Father Julio, Mons.Joao and all the Heralds! The world needs you!
    In Iesu et Maria,
    Laura De Luca

    25 de January de 2011 at 22:24

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