Thousands are expected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady at Fatima (October 13, 1917) in events throughout Sydney.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Penrose Park will host Fatima Day on 13 October, from 10am to 3pm, with exposition, confession, and Mass, and a Eucharistic procession beginning at 1.30pm.
The largest Fatima-related event in Sydney will see pilgrims processing from St Mary’s Cathedral in the heart of the city to St Patrick’s at Church Hill.
The procession will begin on the steps of the cathedral at 9.15am and will end with Mass at St Patrick’s, beginning 12pm.
The event is the initiative of youth groups throughout the inner city – St Patrick’s Young Adults, Embrace St Marys, St Benedict’s Association of Young Adults and St Joseph’s Camperdown Young Adults – and the World Apostolate of Fatima.
The Shrine of St Benedict (part of St Gertrude’s parish), Smithfield will hold a Rosary Procession at 5.30pm, beginning inside the church and proceeding around the Church boundaries before concluding inside the Church with 6pm Vigil Mass.
Bishop Terry Brady will lead a 9am procession on 15 October at Our Lady of Fatima in Kingsgrove, followed by 10am Mass.
A multicultural celebration, Fatima Fest, will then ensue, including food stalls, music, and different activities for young and old.
Holy Name of Mary parish in Hunters Hill will hold “Walking the Rosary – Pilgrimage Walk” on 15 October, beginning at Holy Name and encompassing four additional prayer stops: Our Lady Queen of Peace, Gladesville; Mary Help of Christians, Greenwich; St Mary’s, North Sydney and Our Lady Star of the Sea, Kirribilli.