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100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

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What is an Apparition?

An apparition is a charismatic gift granted by God for some greater purpose of His than the benefit of the one receiving it. It says nothing necessary about the sanctity of the recipient(s); although God usually chooses simple and good Christians, often children, who will readily accept and do His Will. Generally, it can be understood as an external vision, created by some means of God, to represent the holy person depicted. It would not necessarily have to be the person him or herself. Only Christ and Our Lady (possibly St. Joseph, according to St. Francis de Sales and others who hold that he was taken to heaven body and soul), could actually appear in their bodies. All others, and even they, could appear by some representation accessible to the human senses. In such a way God appeared by means of angels to Abraham and to Moses.

According to St. Thomas Aquinas, this manner is the ordinary cause of mysticism and apparitions. In the case of Fátima it is clear that something more than an intellectual vision took place, an external apparition accompanied by indications of the actual presence of Our Lady. This latter cannot be conclusively determined. However, it reasonably follows from the descriptions of the events and especially from the sense of Her Presence continued to be felt there to this day. As a fruit of the events, and of the fidelity of the three children to the message of Fátima, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta grew in holiness and became mystics in the proper sense.

In the message of Our Lady at Fatima, she asked world to pray for peace and to especially ask for this grace through the recitation of the holy rosary.  She told the children that God was much offended and they should make reparation to Our Lord by the sacrifice of their sufferings offered in union with the passion of Christ.  And she taught them the prayer that is so familiar to us all, "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who have most need of thy mercy.."

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Adult Faith Formation: During Faith Formation, (Wed. nights 6-7:30 pm, at St. Mary's) we will be offering a class for adults using Bishop Robert Barron’s “Pivotal Player, Part “1” series. It illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. Free! All are welcome!

Weekly Parish Calendar

 Oct. 7th: Feast of the Holy Rosary and Parish feastday dinner.  Following the 4 pm Mass at Ave Maria Parish Hall in Lexington. 
 Oct. 8th: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 Oct. 9th: Eucharistic Holy Hour at 5:00 pm followed by dinnerand a movie. St. Mary's Church and Center
 Oct. 11th: Faith Formation at St. Mary's beginning at 6 pm 
 Oct. 12th: Praying With Scripture.  7:00 pm. Call Margaret West (810) 679-3906 for location.  All our Welcome! See more information under Events.
 Oct. 13th: 100 Anniversary of the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.  There will be a rosary procession in the garden at St. Mary's beginning at 5 pm followed by finger food and a documentary on Our Lady of Fatima.
 Oct. 14th: Following the Mass at 4 pm at St. Denis, the Knights of Columbus will be leading a rosary and litany of Our Lady in honor of the 100th anniversary.

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October is Respect Life Month

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Holy Mother Church encourages us during this month to celebrate life, encourage and instruct others about the dignity of every human person, made in the image and likeness of God

You can find more information about Building a Culture of Life, and other helpful articles on the USCCB wesite.  Let us unite our prayers with those of others that our nation will value life, respect the rights of the unborn, and enact just laws.

MAlogoAve Maria Parish Mission Statement

Ave Maria Parish is a Catholic faith community who welcomes all people to our Christian family. We are disciples and sacramental followers of Jesus Christ. In our chosen vocations, we call upon the Blessed Mother’s intercession and recognize the power of the Holy Spirit within each of us to carry out God’s work.

We strive to grow together in holiness through prayer, reception of the sacraments, faith formation and evangelization. Through the grace of God, we extend ourselves to each other and our community to proclaim the love and teachings of Jesus Christ.