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Fatima Pilgrimage to Portugal 2023
From Fr. Carl Chudy, SX: “On Sunday, September 3rd, 22 of us left for Fatima, Portugal, to one of the most sacred spaces in our Catholic tradition. In part, it was to celebrate seventy-five years of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston through the Xaverian Missionaries. Here are pictures from our collective photo album. More pictures are coming.
Laudato Si’ Project at Fatima Shrine
The Laudato Si Project here at Fatima Shrine is on a roll. This project is initiated as a practical way to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine as well as an action plan as all Catholics are challenged to care for the earth in new and respectful ways through the teachings of Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si. We must care for the earth.
So, the Bee Project is taking shape with three new hives and a pollinator garden being made near them in the front of the residence. Some diseased trees throughout the Shrine have been taken down, and six flowering trees will soon be planted in the Parking Lo. We are marking the areas where we will convert 1/3 of the present lawn back to natural grasses and bushes. You will see the roped-off areas soon. We have replaced the water fountains in the Church and the Upper Room with dispensers that do not use plastic bottles to store the water. An Eagle Scout Project is making the first of seven vegetable gardens in the front of the residence, providing fresh produce for the Holliston Food Bank.
Glimpses of the Shrine
Holy Hour and Lectio Divina
Every Thursday, all Xaverians gather for a Holy Hour. We pray for all touched by our ministries, confreres, the Church, and more.
Lectio Divina is held every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 AM in the Conference Room of the Hall. All are welcome.
Catholic Justice and Peace
Fatima Shrine Pax Christi Group Meeting will occur on the second Friday of each month from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the ‘Upper Room’ in the Office/Residence building. New members are welcome. We are one of 14 Pax Christi groups statewide and are part of Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi International. Email Fr. Rocco for more information.
Writer’s Workshop for Anyone
The Writers Group of Fatima Shrine meets on the 1st Thursday of each month in the Upper Room above the St. Guido Conforti Chapel in the Office /residence building (note change in venue). New members are welcome.
The Fatima Bee Project, part of the Laudato Si Project of Fatima Shrine, is an opportunity to put the church’s teaching on care for our typical home into practice. We are raising a small community of bees and providing pollinators for the shrine and overall community. Individual and group encounters on Catholic eco-spirituality and beekeeping are available.
Contact Fr. Carl Chudy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 862.264.7000
Butterfly Garden in Remembrance of Those Who Died of Addiction
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine is embarking on a new prayer/memorial area. Some people who have lost loved ones to the current opioid crisis approached the shrine to create a Butterfly Garden of Remembrance. There will be the opportunity to honor your loved one who died with a memorial brick that would have the loved one’s name and be permanently placed in the garden. Knowing that a loved one left this world due to addiction is not easy. The garden will give family and friends a place to reflect and pray for any faith tradition. The donation per brick will be $100.
Checks may be made to Xaverian Missionaries with Butterfly Garden in the check memo. You may use credit cards at the donate button on the top right. Please indicate that your donation is for the Butterfly Garden.
Donations are partially tax-deductible. Proceeds cover the cost of making this garden; any balance is donated to Fatima Shrine.
For more information, contact the Shrine Office at 508.429.2144 or email@example.com. Download the order form below. God bless you!