On Saturday, 11 May, hundreds of Catholics will be taking to the streets again. This will be the 14th time and for the 7th time in succession that this pilgrimage happens. The pilgrimage on foot, celebrates the apparitions of Our Lady to three shepherd children in the hamlet of Fatima in Portugal.
On 13 May 1917 the Mother of Jesus, our Lady, first appeared to three poor shepherd children. During these apparitions that took place over the following six months, our Lady, under the title of “Our Lady Queen of the Rosary”, appealed for prayer, conversion and peace in the world.
Since these apparitions, millions of people have changed their lives positively and come to practice the messages of Fatima. Because these apparitions took place in Portugal, the Portuguese have a special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima.
To mark these apparitions, under the auspices of the Blessed Sacrament parish in Malvern East, and led by Parish priest Fr Tony Daniels OMI, will be undertaking a pilgrimage which starts from the church, corner Geldenhuis and Mullins roads, Malvern East on Saturday, 11 May 2013 at 18:30. It ends with Holy Mass at the Schoenstatt Shrine at the corner of Van Buuren and Florence roads, Bedfordview.
All are invited to join. It has proved to be very emotional and spiritual. The aim is to beat last year’s estimated pilgrimage attendance of 1 500 pilgrims.