Our Lady Ta' Pinu Shrine
In celebration of the 100 years apparition of the Blessed Mother in Fatima, Portugal, six 3-foot high statues were blessed by Pope Francis in Rome on 11 January 2017. Each one was set to travel to the six continents and one of them was brought from Rome to Australia by the Alliance of the Holy Family International in collaboration with the Alliance of the Two Hearts (Australia).
The goal of Our Lady of Fatima's Centennial Pilgrimage is to echo her urgent appeal for prayer and reparation, for peace in the world, and to promote the sanctity of family life.
She began her Australia-wide pilgrimage in Melbourne, her first stop where the Catholic community has embraced the opportunity to pray before the pilgrim statue in each of the churches it visits.
On 13 March, our Heavenly Mother Mary, made her stop at Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu Shrine where a sea of pilgrims welcomed her.
The day began with the Rosary Procession. Our Lady led the way followed by banners and flags from all nations. The pilgrims came from afar. Saying the rosary in various languages, they slowly made their way up the hill of Ta’ Pinu, where they were joined with an even larger crowd waiting for them at the top. A guard of honour was given to Our Lady as she made her way to the church where she crowned by Fr Manuel Sunez. He then celebrated the solemn mass in honour of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. The 600 seats capacity church was quickly filled and extended.
Following Holy Mass, Brother Andrew gave an inspiring talk about the Message of Our Lady of Fatima and its relevance in the world today. At 3pm, the Divine Mercy Chaplet was recited followed by talk on the power of the Divine Mercy, by Fr Ted Rostowski.
The ‘young at heart’ crowd went on the ‘Way with Mary along the Calvary’ with meditations on the Stations of the Cross despite the humidity and heat. The event came to an end with Holy Mass, con-celebrated by Fr Fabian Smith and Fr Ted Rostowski.
Our Lady of Fatima gave her message to three shepherd children, so it is fitting for her children of the Diocese to lead by their example.
The Statue will continue its journey through Australia.