Feast day: May 13
Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima
O Most Holy Virgin Mary,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima
and reveal a glorious message.
We implore you,
inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary.
By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption
that are recalled therein,
may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask,
through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.
In 1913, Our Lady appeared to three peasant children – Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto – outside the village of Fatima in Portugal. The apparitions began on May 13 and ended on October 13. Francisco and Jacinta died in 1919 and 1920 respectively as a result of the flu pandemic and were canonized in 2017. Lúcia entered religious life, first with the Sisters of St Dorothy, and then the enclosed Order of Discalced Carmelites at Coimbra, Portugal, where she would spend the rest of her life. She died in 2005 aged 97.
The Shrine can be found to the left of the main sanctuary in the church.