Maine Catholic Schools to Host Rosary Events and May Coronations to Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
PORTLAND — The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is Friday, May 13, marking the first day in 1917 that the Blessed Mother appeared to the three shepherd children, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, at Fatima in Portugal. From May to October 1917, the Lady appeared and spoke to the children on the 13th of each month. The children recounted that Our Lady told them that God had sent her with a message for every man, woman and child. She promised that God would grant peace to the whole world if her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed. In commemoration, many Catholic schools in Maine will hold special events during the week of May 13. Here is a list (in chronological order):
Friday May 13
All Saints Catholic School, Bangor
All Saints Catholic School will hold an 8:15 a.m. prayer service at the school’s St. Mary’s campus (768 Ohio Street) and will pray a decade of the Rosary, sing Marian hymns and hold a Coronation of Mary in May. Each student, from kindergarten to grade three, will place a flower near the statue of Mary. Students in grades four through eight will also gather to pray the Rosary together on the campus of St. John’s School (166 State Street).
St. James’s School, Biddeford
Students will participate in the Rosary prayer on the school lawn at 25 Graham Street from 12:15 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. The event will also be available to members of the school community via Zoom.
St. Michael’s School, Augusta
A Coronation of Mary in May as well as the prayer of the Rosary will be held at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church at 41 Western Avenue.
St. Brigid’s School, Portland
Students will participate in a Coronation of Mary in May and the 1 p.m. Rosary prayer at the school at 695 Stevens Avenue.
St. John’s Catholic School, Brunswick
Students will pray the Rosary together outside on the school grounds (37 Pleasant Street) at 1:45 p.m. In the event of rain, the event will take place inside the St. John’s Community Center, on the other side of the parking lot.
Holy Cross Catholic School, South Portland
Pupils will pray the Rosary together at Holy Cross Church, located at 124 Cottage Road opposite the school, at 2 p.m.
St. Thomas School, Sanford
The Rosary will be recited by the students of the 69 North Avenue school at a time to be announced.
Monday May 16
Saint Dominic Academy, Auburn Campus
A May Coronation and Living Rosary will be held on the school’s Auburn campus at 121 Gracelawn Road on Monday, May 16 from 9:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. The Rosary will be prayed in English, Latin, French, and Spanish before The students go outside the school’s Mary Garden to crown Mary.
Friday May 20
Saint Dominic Academy, Lewiston Campus
At the school’s Lewiston campus (17 Baird Avenue), a May coronation will be held on Friday, May 20, after school mass. Younger students will gather outside the front door of the school to pray and sing as each class takes turns placing flowers. around the statue of Mary.
For centuries, the month of May has been dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. A special web section has been created on the Diocese of Portland website to provide a listing of special ceremonies and prayer opportunities offered in Maine parishes this month, including coronations, Marian pilgrimages, gatherings of the Rosary, concerts, gatherings of the Way of the Cross of Mary, workshops. , and more. The list will be updated as events are confirmed. To access the section and resources, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/content/celebrating-month-mary.