Archbishop Alexander Sample will consecrate the Archdiocese of Portland to Mary under the title “Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima” during a Mass set to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. On the church calendar, the day marks the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A rosary will precede Mass at 1:30 p.m.

The new National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima, which was blessed by Pope Francis, will be present for the Portland Mass and consecration. Father Francisco Pereira, who is chaplain for the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, will also be there for the consecration as an official delegate and representative.

Archbishop Sample has invited the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Portland to attend the event. Pastors have been asked by the archbishop to make the consecration of their parishes to the Blessed Mother at their weekend Masses on June 28-29 as a sign of spiritual unity.

“This will be a fantastic event, and will bring so much holiness to our Archdiocese and world,” says Therese Ruesink, board member of the Portland division of the World Apostolate of Fatima, a group that promotes the Fatima messages.

Local members of the apostolate have sent flyers advertising the June 28 event to Catholics around the region, hoping they will post notices around parishes and towns and attend the Mass.

The archbishop says he wants to entrust anew the entire archdiocese to Mary’s maternal protection.

Pope Francis consecrated the world to Our Lady of Fatima last October.

Following the consecration on June 28, the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue will remain in the Archdiocese of Portland for nine days.

The Archdiocese of Portland will publish a visitation schedule for the statue on its website soon, at www.archdpdx.org.