Oh, Dearest Mother, Sweetest Virgin of Altagracia, our Patroness. You are our Advocate and to you we recommend our needs. You are our Teacher and like disciples we come to learn from the example of your holy life. You are our Mother, and like children, we come to offer you all of the love of our hearts. Receive, dearest Mother, our offerings and listen attentively to our supplications. Amen.



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Posted: April 28 2009 at 2:09pm | IP Logged Quote Waverley

Would anyone like to share their ideas and resources for celebrating the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13? I would love a coloring page if anyone has a link. Also, any special food or craft ideas?

Thanks for your help!

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Posted: May 07 2009 at 8:03pm | IP Logged Quote SylviaB

Waverly,
I was looking for the same thing, and found these old threads.

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Posted: May 07 2009 at 10:15pm | IP Logged Quote Waverley

Thank you!! Great resources.

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bumping this up in case anyone has any additional ideas for tomorrow....
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Posted: May 12 2009 at 7:44am | IP Logged Quote Mary G

SylviaB wrote:
bumping this up in case anyone has any additional ideas for tomorrow....
or maybe a coloring picture for making a plaque????

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Posted: May 12 2009 at 7:51am | IP Logged Quote SylviaB

I did a google search for a coloring page and found this:

Our Lady of Fatima coloring page
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Posted: May 12 2009 at 1:31pm | IP Logged Quote Waverley

I wrote a document setting out different ways to celebrate this day at home. I've copied the information below although I don't think the links work.

Hope this helps someone. If anyone would like to receive this as a freestanding document, pm me with your email address and I can email the document to you.



Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima
May 13


Explanation and Resources:

* The appearance of the Blessed Mother to three shepherd children in Portugal in 1917 is one of nine apparitions of our Lady approved by the Church.

* One of my favorite web sites for information on the Apparitions of Our Lady is www.marypages.com/mainframeEnglish.html The site has lots of great links. The section on Our Lady of Fatima gives good information along with some interesting photos and links to videos.

* My favorite source for reading the stories of the apparitions to children is the book, Journeys with Mary, Apparitions of Our Lady by Zerlina De Santis. I purchased the book at Leaflet Missal (www.leafletonline.com) for about $6. It is not a picture book but it does tell the story of each of the 9 approved apparitions of Mary in a way children can understand.

* Catholic Culture has a special Our Lady of Fatima section which can be viewed at: www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/fea sts/fatima/fatimahome.cfm


Decorations:

* The liturgical color for Marian Feast Days is white. Use a white cloth on your table or home altar or use white place mats or napkins.

* For a centerpiece or in a prominent location, use a blue or white candle or candles. You could also use a white pillar candle with a blue ribbon tied around it.

* Set out a holy card or small figurine of Our Lady of Fatima.

* The lovely smell of hyacinths is a nice addition to the home on a Marian feast day. Consider placing either a blue or white potted hyacinth out where it can be enjoyed.


Activities:

* Locate Portugal on a map.

* A coloring page of Our Lady of Fatima can be found at: www.home.comcast.net/~sborders/coloringsaints/index_files/ho me.html

* Make an Our Lady of Fatima grotto. Illuminated Ink has a lovely Our Lady of Fatima Marian grotto kit that can be purchased at www.illuminatedink.com/products/4/12/96/ or from Leaflet Missal in St. Paul.   You can also make your own by using a holy card or other image of Our Lady of Fatima. Place the image either in a box or glue it onto a piece of cardboard. Let the children decorate the inside, outside, and edges of the box or the edges around the piece of cardboard with artificial flowers, jewels, pom-poms or whatever crafts you have handy. My kids like to use popsicle sticks to make houses around the grottos.


Food:

* Blueberry muffins for breakfast or snack might be fun - blue and white being the colors associated with Mary. You could also do blueberries with pancakes or waffles.

* Also, check the Catholic Cuisine website as the time for the feast day approaches. They always have great ideas. www.catholiccuisine.blogspot.com



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Posted: May 12 2009 at 2:23pm | IP Logged Quote SylviaB

Wow Waverly, this looks wonderful!
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Posted: May 12 2009 at 2:37pm | IP Logged Quote Jody

Awesome!

I love your ideas!

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Posted: May 12 2009 at 9:39pm | IP Logged Quote MarilynW

Here are our plans (unless our little one chooses to arrive tomorrow ):

Our Lady of Fatima

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