Pope Francis touches a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in 2015 in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. A Marian statue, blessed by the pope on Jan 11, will be in Singapore from Sept 10-18. CNS file photo

The Archdiocese of Singapore will host a pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima from Sept 10-18.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, Pope Francis blessed six statues of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Jan 11, conferring upon them the title of “International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima” (“the Pilgrim Image”).

Thereafter, each of the pilgrim images were dispatched to different continents in the world, bearing the message of prayer and penance for the salvation of souls and peace in the world.

The programme for the visits of the pilgrim image to various venues in Singapore is being coordinated by the Catholic Spirituality Centre, the Legion of Mary and the Our Lady of Fatima Centennial Celebration Organising Committee from
St Joseph’s Church, Victoria Street.

The first visit of the pilgrim image will be to the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sept 10, where recitation of the rosary, Mass, a talk and the imposition of the brown scapular will take place.

On Sept 11, the image will be received at the Cathedral of Good Shepherd at 4.15 pm, kicking off a two-day all night vigil which commences with a Mass, followed by hourly reflections on the themes of prayer, penance, mercy and peace by rector Msgr Philip Heng. The themes chosen were integral in the revelations at Fatima.

The two-day vigil will culminate in a Mass at St Joseph’s Institution School Field at Malcolm Road, on Sept 13 at 7.30 pm. Archbishop William Goh will be the main celebrant of the Eucharistic celebration, which will be followed by a candlelight procession.

Bus tickets to the venue have been on sale at the cathedral since the weekend of Aug 19 and 20. The last day of bus ticket sales will be on Sept 1.

Msgr Heng said, “We are looking forward to this centennial celebration, and praying that this event will bring a greater renewal of our archdiocese on ‘prayer, penance, mercy and peace.’”

Aside from the cathedral, the pilgrim image will be visiting a few other parishes such as the Churches of St Mary of the Angels and Our Lady Queen of Peace.

There will also be a Marian consecration at the Catholic Spirituality Centre on Sept 15. It will be a culmination of the centre’s “33 Days to Morning Glory” weekly reflections in preparation for the consecration organised for the visit of the pilgrim image.

The consecration will be followed by a day of recollection retreat on Sept 16 and a day of prayer on Sept 17, comprising prayers, recollection, talks and personal devotion to Our Lady of Fatima.

The Church of Sts Peter and Paul will host the final programme of the pilgrim image’s tour in Singapore with a Mass on Sept 18 for the Mandarin-speaking community. Interspersed with these events which are open to all devotees, will be private events at various Catholic schools, nursing homes and hospices to cater to those unable to attend the main events.

The pilgrim image is making its way through the Asian continent. It had travelled to places like Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan and Korea.

The visit of the pilgrim image to Singapore is one of the highlights of the centennial celebrations of the apparition of our Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima.

The celebrations had commenced with a Mass and candlelight procession held at St Joseph’s Church, Victoria Street on May 13.

The centennial celebrations will close with a Mass and candlelight procession to be held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on Oct 13 at 7.30 pm.

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