Church of the
Annunciation

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059

716.683.5254

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On October 13, 1930 Bishop Jose da Silva declared the miracle “worthy of belief.” He was referring to reported Marian apparitions to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal beginning on May 13, 1917. Lucia Santos (9 years old) and her younger cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto described seeing: “the Lady more brilliant than the Sun.” The apparitions occurred during the horror of World War I. In August 1917 Artur Santos (no relation to Lucia), provincial administrator, took the children into custody and jailed them. Lucia own mother hoped the officials could persuade the children to end the affair. Even in the face of threats the children did not recant.

Crowds were drawn to Fatima.

 

On October 13, 1917 30,000 (some estimate 100,000) people (including reporters and photographers) gathered anticipating a sign from heaven promised by the Lady. The three children reported seeing a panorama of visions including Mary, Jesus and St. Joseph. What happened became known as the “Miracle of the Sun.” According to contemporary accounts in local newspapers, after a period of rain, the dark clouds broke and the sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disc in the sky. It was said to be duller than normal and to cast multicolored lights across the landscape, the people and surrounding clouds. Some said the sun careened towards the earth before zigzagging back to its normal position in the sky. Witnesses reported that their previously wet clothes became suddenly dry as well as the muddy ground. Not all witnesses reported seeing the sun “dance.” Some saw radiant colors and others, including some believers, saw nothing. Scientists observed no unusual phenomenon of the sun at the time. 

 

As predicted by the Lady, Francisco and Jacinta Marto died in the flu pandemic that swept the world at the end of World War I. Lucia entered religious life and eventually joined the Discalced Carmelite Order. Events in Fatima were not widely known outside of Spain and Portugal until Lucia published her recollections in a series of memoirs first published in 1935. Sister Lucia died on February 13, 2005. Pope Pius XII and Pope John Paul II had special devotion to our Lady of Fatima. Fatima is an international place of pilgrimage. Please join us on Monday October 30th at 7 PM in Selbert Hall as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of our Lady of Fatima and “Meet Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Word, visual arts and music.” 

 

The Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) is the patroness of the United States of America.  We pray that Our Lady will intercede for all those who were harmed, and their families, in the violence in Las Vegas.  

We pray also for an end to violence everywhere and for peace throughout the world.

Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses: 

Saturday 5:00 PM, 

Sunday 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM

Sunday 5:00 PM 

Check the bulletin each week for daily Mass schedules and Holy Day times.

Confessions

Confessions are heard each Saturday at 4:00 PM, or by appointment.

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