Rosary Coast to Coast on the 102nd anniversary of Fatima
Several diocesan locations planned for nationwide prayer

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, Portugal, which took place more than a century ago on Oct. 13, 1917, was one of the most significant supernatural events of the 20th century. And yet it is hardly known outside the Catholic Church, and sadly not well enough known within it. 

This year, October 13, 2019 will mark the 102nd anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and of the great Miracle of the Sun. Our Lady met with the three shepherd children on the 13th of every month from May through October, 1917.

“During the night of October 12 and into the morning of the 13th, it had rained throughout, soaking the ground and pilgrims who made their way to the Cova Da Iria in Fatima from all directions by the thousands. An estimated 70,000 people made their way to the apparition site, among them many sceptics, unbelievers, Freemasons and socialists. Some of these were drawn out of curiosity, while others in the expectation of a failure and embarrassment to the Catholic Church.


At about noon, Our Lady appeared to the children, and after repeating her requests for the daily Rosary and promising that World War I would soon end, she expressed to them with sorrow and with grief: “Do not offend the Lord, our God anymore, because He is already so much offended.” She also warned of greater wars and signs to come if they continued to offend God. 

And then suddenly, the sun started to roll from one place to the other and to hurl down towards the people, defying all the laws of nature. The whole landscape changed, and the people fell to their knees, some crying and confessing their sins, others imploring God and Heaven for mercy and many thought it was the end of the world. At last, it all stopped, and the sun resumed its normal and natural course. The clothes and the ground which had been soaked by the torrential rain were completely dried.

Every believer and non-believer witnessed this event. However, no astronomical observatory recorded it, which proves that it was supernatural. The journalists who were present saw it and told the story. Even people 40 miles away from the Cova Da Iria witnessed it, which destroys the hypothesis of an optical illusion or a collective hallucination. 

“Fatima, and the Miracle of the Sun in particular, are significant for all of humanity and cannot be ignored or treated lightly,” said Edwin Aldarondo, one of the organizer’s of the local Rosary Coast to Coast. “In light of the enormous crises today in our nation, our Church, our families and the world, it is imperative that we turn to Our Lord and amend our lives and ask pardon for our sins. We must pray the Rosary every day, pray a great deal, and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls are being lost because they have no-one to make sacrifices and pray for them.

“In responding to Our Lady’s call to conversion and in a united effort with Catholics from all over the world, we are called to engage the enemy in a Spiritual battle by means of praying for our families, our community, our country, and our Church.”

To that end, all are invited to join in this year’s “Rosary Coast to Coast for our Nation,” to take place on Sunday, October 13 at Fort Taber at New Bedford’s South End, 1000 Rodney French Boulevard. 

The Rosary Coast to Coast Event begins at 2:30 p.m. and the event program includes: inspiring talks and exhortation from invited priests, intercession, praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Holy Rosary, hymns, and a beautiful procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Please bring a folding chair. For more information about this event, please call St. Anthony of Padua Church at 508-993-1691. 

Other diocesan events planned this year include: 

— St. Anthony of Padua Church Procession with Our Lady, 1359 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, starting Sunday, October 13 at 12:45 p.m. in front of church;

— Public Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 12 at 12 noon at Common Town Hall, 54 Marion Road in Wareham. (For information contact Blanca Browne at 508-295- 8952); and

— Public Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 12 at 12 noon  at the Corner of President Avenue and Hanover Street in Fall River. (For information contact Anne Marie Cadavid at 508-496-6877).

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