Centennial Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

is coming to St. Stephens Church
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

4:45 pm — Adoration 6:00 pm — Mass
6:45 pm — Fatima Talk 7:00 pm — Rosary
8:30 pm — Church closes

The International Centennial Pilgrim Image, a statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary entrusted to the Alliance of the Holy Family International and Human Life International Austria by Pope Francis, will be in New Orleans for 10 days from Sept. 15-24.

It is one of six Fatima statues – one for each continent (Europe and Asia are considered Eurasia) – blessed by Pope Francis in Rome on Jan. 11, 2017, for veneration worldwide during the centennial of the Fatima appearances. Pope Francis declared the Fatima centennial a jubilee year – from Nov. 27, 2016-Nov. 26, 2017 – with a plenary indulgence granted to those who fulfill guidelines during this anniversary.

Father Bing Arellano, spiritual director of the Alliance of the Holy Family International, said Pope Francis was asked to send these images around the world “with an appeal to pray and offer reparation for the intentions of world peace and the sanctity of family life,” according to the Human Life International website (hli.org).

Missionaries from the Alliance of the Holy Family accompany the statue at each stop and explain the significance of the brown scapular of Mount Carmel and pray the rosary, organizers said.