Prayer for Families
Use these 54 days, beginning Aug. 21 and culminating on Oct. 13, to gather your family in prayer.
- We humbly suggest that at the beginning or end of each day, or during a meal, pray with your family either:
- One decade of the Rosary (if you have young children), or
- A full rosary
- Followed by the Family Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
- Include any special intentions that your family may have.
Family Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima
Mother Mary, we consecrate our entire family to your Immaculate Heart. We desire to renew the promises of our baptism and place each member of our family, through this consecration, into loving union with your Holy Family.
At Fatima, dear Mother of God, you appeared with St. Joseph and the Child Jesus, blessing the world. Intercede for our family that each of us grow in the virtues and joy which you lived as a family. Help us to grow as faithful disciples of Jesus; help our domestic church to grow as a light which gives your Son glory from our home.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for Jesus’ peace to fill each member of our family. (You may wish to name each family member, or a particular family member, at this point if it seems right to do so.) Never permit any member of our family to stray from the Catholic Faith. For any member of our family who is beset by doubts, we beseech you to be their guide through the darkness back to the light of your Son. Watch over our perseverance so that we may all one day be reunited with you and the whole family of God in our Father’s house.
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What happened at Fatima 100 years ago?
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary appearing to three little shepherds in the small town of Fatima, Portugal. Our Lady entrusted to them a message for the world: pray for world peace and the conversion of sinners.
It was there in this small town where the Blessed Virgin appeared to siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos, their first cousin, as they watched over their flock. The first apparition was May 13, 1917, and she appeared to them on the 13th day of each month through October of that year.
The message of Fatima is a guide for mankind’s salvation through conversion, prayer and reparation for sins against God.
Each appearance of Mary raised excitement and suspicion during those early years of the 20th century, drawing thousands of nearby villagers to the spot where the children were graced with visions from Mary, specifics of which were kept secret for decades by Lucia following the final apparition at Fatima.
Pope Francis declared the sainthood of Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13 of this 100th anniversary year.
The children’s cousin entered the Carmelites. Sister Lucia died in 2005 at the age of 97. The diocesan phase of her sainthood cause concluded in February and now is under study at the Vatican.