Fatima ministry offers day-long family event, 
‘Joseph’s Yes,’ at Bishop Connolly High School

By Dave Jolivet
Anchor Editor

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Bishop Connolly High School, which only last October hosted a major Fatima event that gathered hundreds of students, faculty and staff representing all of the diocesan schools, will again be the site of an event honoring Our Lady of Fatima and carrying out her “peace plan” through Mass, Living Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


The event, titled, “Joseph’s Yes: The strength and joy of encountering Joseph with Jesus and Mary at Fatima — Our Holy Family,” will take place on May 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch.

The Marian event is coordinated by Living the Fatima Message, a volunteer grass-roots core group of clergy, religious and lay people of the Fall River Diocese, consecrated to the Mother of God individually and collectively.

“This focus on St. Joseph and his importance in the Fatima message came to our awareness when we [Living the Fatima Message] were doing presentations throughout the diocese on Our Lady of Fatima,” Jane Wilcox, a member of LFM, told The Anchor. “We realized that St. Joseph was key during the miracle of the sun as he appeared to the seers while holding the Baby Jesus and having Our Lady at his side. We realized how this calls attention to St. Joseph and his role in the Holy Family and brings about attention to family, especially in these days when family seems confused and adrift.”

Wilcox, Liz Montigny and the late Bea Martins, a very active Pro-Life advocate in the diocese for many years who died on March 5, coordinated the event.

“Sadly Bea passed away but not before she had helped out and put into place and formed the day of ‘Joseph’s Yes,’” added Wilcox. “Actually, it was Bea who had named the day. She has been known as a champion of the family in this diocese and beyond for many years. I am sure she is interceding for us.”

Wilcox told The Anchor that after such a successful day to honor Our Lady of Fatima at Bishop Connolly High School last October, “we decided that now is the time to bring out St. Joseph’s role at Fatima and in the family of all.”

Wilcox gave kudos to Connolly principal Christopher Myron and the staff for sponsoring the event and their support and assistance. “We also could not have gone forward without the support, counsel and prayer of the members of the apostolate and of Father Alan Wharton and the friars of Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford,” said Wilcox.

The day will begin with the celebration of Mass in the Bishop Connolly auditorium, followed by a break with refreshments.

There will be a children’s activity room that will provide an opportunity for parents and grandparents to spend some fun time with their youngsters.

“Students from Bishop Connolly will be offering a ‘kids room’ with activities and teaching that will call attention to Our Lady, the Rosary and St. Joseph,” added Wilcox.

The keynote speaker will follow. The scheduled presenter is Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, the founder and mother servant of Daughters of Mary of Nazareth.

Located in Quincy, the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, according to its website, “is an Apostolic and Contemplative Community of Religious Women. Our Spirituality is guided by Blessed Charles de Foucauld’s Spirituality of Nazareth. As he lived his life imitating the example of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth, so are we called to live in a daily intimacy with Jesus. Starting our daily life with Jesus in prayer and adoration will transform us so that we may become little vessels of His presence wherever we serve. Our prayer life is nourished by daily Communion, Eucharistic Adoration, Sacred Scripture, and Marian devotions. Our vocation is to be the leaven in the dough. It is a call to be the leaven in society, in the Church and in the world. Our call is to incarnate the unity and peace of the Holy Family of Nazareth, God’s love for all His people, and the gracious and kind motherhood of Mary for the Church and all her children.

A very special time will later take place in the chapel where attendees will be able to “Answer the Call,” at which time they can consider how they can answer Our Lady’s call. This period will include Eucharistic Adoration when faithful can concentrate on the prayer the Angel of Peace gave to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta at Fatima in the spring of 1916: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You. Pray in this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary are ready to listen to you.”

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, which will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is an important part of the day since Our Lady requested the faithful to make Confession a monthly practice.

The afternoon schedule includes two sessions where reflections from a diocesan priest, permanent deacon, and lay people will be given, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Speakers include: Father Thomas M. Kocik, a parochial vicar at Santo Christo Parish in Fall River on “No Ordinary Joe: St. Joseph, Splendor of the Patriarchs”; Permanent Deacon Peter Cote, who ministers at St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Catholic Memorial Home, both in Fall River, on “What Are We Made For? A Theology of the Body Perspective”; Haley Ketschke, a third-grade teacher at St. Francis Xavier School in Acushnet, and a student of the Theology of the Body Institute preparing to enter the Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R., of the Penance of the Sorrowful Mother, on “Absolute Truth: Defending a Culture Seeped in Moral Relatism”; and Jim Orcutt, founder of My Brother’s Keeper in North Easton, on “Following the Urging of the Holy Spirit.

The day will conclude with a Living Rosary to be prayed at the statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the Connolly campus; a Eucharistic procession from the statue to the auditorium; ending with Benediction.

“Families are strongly encouraged to attend and avail themselves of important messages from Mary and Joseph as to how have holy families and to stand out as light in darkness,” said Wilcox. “We will end with a Living Rosary outside at the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and a procession to the auditorium with benediction. 

“We hope and pray that Our Lady’s call to all will bring many to come and celebrate the love that comes to us from Heaven.”

The event is handicapped accessible and parking is free. Donations will be graciously accepted and there will be religious books and reminders in the cafeteria.

For more information on the event, visit fb.com/livingfatima and click “events” for full schedule; email livingfatima@gmail.com, or call 781-521-3677.

For more information on Living the Fatima Message ministry, visit its website at livingfatima.com and click “Apostolates,” or visit Facebook.com/livingfatima.

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