Devotees pray the rosary at the 2011 Rosary Bowl. This year's event is set for Oct. 6.
Parishes host devotion
Parishes in western Oregon will host a famous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in October.
The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be in Oregon Oct. 6-29. The tour begins at the annual Rosary Bowl in Salem. From there, the statue will travel throughout the archdiocese and spend full days at parishes in Salem, Gervais, Mount Angel, Yamhill, Hillsboro, Tillamook, Seaside, Rainier, Portland, Milwaukie, Corvallis, Eugene, Coos Bay, Brookings, Shady Cove, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Lake Oswego and Beaverton.
The statue represents Our Lady of Fatima, a manifestation of Mary that many credit with helping Communism fall. The image originated in 1917, about the time of the Bolshevik revolution, which sought to erase religion from civic life. In Portugal that year, a group of shepherd children began experiencing apparitions of Mary, who warned of dire consequences for the world as a result of sin. She gave messages calling for changes in daily life, peace, devotion to her Immaculate Heart and prayer for the conversion of Russia. The message asked that people pray the rosary daily.
In 1947, the Bishop of Fatima asked a sculptor to make statues of Our Lady of Fatima with the assistance of Sister Lucia dos Santos, the surviving member of the three children who witnessed the apparitions. Through the Cold War, more statues were made, including one for the United States, given in 1967 and blessed by Pope Paul VI. The idea is to make devotions to Fatima more available to those who can't travel to Portugal.
Dates and locations of the visit will be available at www.wafpdx.org. For more information, call 503-288-2040 or email [email protected]
The annual Rosary Bowl Northwest, a day of fervent Marian prayer, is set for 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The event, entering its sixth year, is held in the Pavilion Building.
The Rosary Bowl coincides with the visit of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima USA. The statue begins its tour of Oregon at the Rosary Bowl.
Keynote speaker is Bill Sockey, custodian of the statue. He will speak on Our Lady of Fatima.
Admission and parking are free. Priests will be on hand for the sacrament of reconciliation.
The day includes a 10 a.m. Mass with Archbishop John Vlazny and retired Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth Steiner. Rosary, Adoration and Benediction get going at 11 a.m. Open all day is an exhibit on the world's eucharistic miracles.
At 1 p.m., participants can enroll in the Brown Scapular with the Carmelites. A Divine Mercy Chaplet follows at 3 p.m.
Local priests, deacons, seminarians and religious are invited to participate in Mass, rosary and confessions. They should RSVP to Dina Marie Hale: [email protected] or 503-380-2575.