About 50 faithful from Wodonga and beyond gathered at St. Augustine’s Church this morning to pray the Holy Rosary for the nation.
The 15 October Public Rosary is an an international campaign to pray the rosary together in commemoration of the last apparition of Our Lady (October 13, 1917) at Fatima. In Australia, this project is spearheaded by Australia Needs Fatima, an on-going project to bring the Message of Fatima to all Australians.
In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three children, Lucia dos Santos, Francisco Marto, and Jacinta Marto. At the time, the children were ten, nine and seven years of age respectively. All three lived in Aljustrel, a village in the parish of Fatima, Portugal. The apparitions took place on a small plot of land belonging to Lucia’s parents called the Cova da Iria, where the children used to graze their sheep (from Australia Needs Fatima website).
We are grateful to God and to Our Lady for the opportunity to come together in prayer. A parishioner commented about the Rosary today, “Amazing service today filled with love.”