During May, Trinity Catholic College was honoured to welcome the statue of Our Lady of Fatima blessed by Pope Francis.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in Fatima, Portugal, which began on 13 May 1917 and continued until 13 October. The brother and sister Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia, described the apparitions as the Lady of Fatima, who prophesised that prayer would lead to the end of World War 1. Since the Church declared the apparitions worthy of belief, Fatima has become one of the most visited Catholic devotions in the world.
Fatima is a message of peace.
When Father Eduardo Orilla from St Joachim’s Parish Lidcombe brought the precious statue of Our Lady of Fatima to Trinity Catholic College’s Auburn and Regents Park campuses, members of the school community gathered to say the Rosary.
“As a Marist School, we focus on the Rosary and Mary in the month of May and this was a wonderful opportunity to bring this to the attention of our students,’ said Principal Daniel Delmage.
To mark the 100th anniversary Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to Fatima on 12 and 13 May where he celebrated Mass to mark the canonisation of Francisco and Jacinta. Speaking to journalists on the plane on the way home, Pope Francis said: “Fatima is a message of peace brought to humanity by three great communicators who were less than 13 years old.