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AUGUST 2019 WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU 13 By Mr John McCormack President, Bendigo Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima F orty-five years is a long time for a continuous festival in honour of Our Lady and her messages, but that is the history of the October Marian Festival in Bendigo. From the initial Festival held in October 1974 until the forthcoming festival at Sacred Heart Cathedral there have been 45 Festivals to honour Our Lady of Fatima and to remind the faithful of the importance of Her messages to the world. The first Festival was a huge demonstration of devotion, with a procession of school children and people from the various parishes of Bendigo reciting the Rosary. Bishop Bernard Stewart gave the address and led the crowd with prayers and Benediction at the grotto of Our Lady at St Aidan’s Orphanage. Since that time festivals have been conducted at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. With Bishop Joseph Grech’s installation as Bishop of Sandhurst in 2001, he indicated that he would like the afternoon prayers and devotion to become a much bigger event, starting with the 11.00 am Mass and involving people from all around the Sandhurst Diocese to come “in pilgrimage” were his own words. He involved the Melbourne Maltese community who have come in great numbers since that time. The 100th Anniversary of Fatima saw a huge festival led by Most Rev Bishop Leslie Tomlinson with a large influx of pilgrims from far afield, involving eight buses. Bishop Leslie Tomlinson has led all recent festivals and invites all to this one and bestows his blessing on the enterprise. Unfortunately, as he is returning from overseas at that time he is unable to be present. The Bendigo members of the World Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima have been very busy organising these festivals and this year hope to have a very successful one. They have secured the involvement of Most Rev Peter Elliott who will be the main celebrant. He will deliver the homily and, in the afternoon, will lead the devotions and give the address entitled, “The Light of Fatima in Troubled Times”. All are invited to come and hear about the importance of this message, Our Lady’s Peace Plan, and the promise of the Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. We can help bring about the era of peace by our Rosaries, sacrifices and First Saturday devotions. There will be a Rosary procession around the Cathedral and involvement in the various devotions, as well as opportunities for confession from a number of priests. A piety stall will be available. Make it, as Bishop Grech wished, a pilgrimage day on the 102nd anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, which came to pass as foretold by Our Lady, for the 13th October 102 years ago when the sun spun and danced, and seemingly fell towards the earth. It amazed and stunned the over 70,000 witnesses, believers and unbelievers and completely cleansed and dried their mud-soaked clothes after a night and day’s rain, whileand many of the sick and crippled had been cured of their afflictions. The Day the Sun Danced, 102 Years to the Day Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo Sunday October 13th 2019 Sacred Heart Cathedral Bells ring out Welcome. 11:00 am Mass celebrated by Fr Nathan Verallo. Entrance Procession of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir and Our Lady of Fatima Statue and banners, with people in their national costumes joining the procession. 12:15 pm Lunch in Cathedral Hall. Bring your own. Tea and Coffee provided. 1:00 pm Scapular enrolment for those not already enrolled, Scapulars can be purchased at the Cathedral Hall Piety Stall during lunch. 1:15 pm Cathedral bells welcome all to the Marian Festival. Assembling of Parish banners and Our Lady’s Statue at the Lady Chapel, for Procession outside the Cathedral – Joyful Mysteries. Confessions in Transept Confessionals, concludes at 2:30pm. 1:30 pm Procession of Clergy, Statue and congregation, including banners and national costumes. Greeting and opening prayer. Crowning of Our Lady’s Statue. Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 2:00 pm Rosary – Glorious Mysteries and Litany of Loreto. 2:30 pm Guest Speaker. 3:00 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. 3:30 pm Benediction. 3:40 pm Cathedral Bells ring to end the Marian Festival. Afternoon tea provided in the Cathedral Hall, Piety Stall open. Program of Events If you have any enquiries, please phone John or Wilma McCormack. Ph: 03 5439 6283 For bus travel details please contact - Melbourne - Maria Cordina 9382 7490: Ballarat - Maureen Van de Linden 0431 273 953: Shepparton - Maureen Margossis 0403 876 578 Please take the opportunity whilst at the Marian Festival to pray for peace in the troubled world, for the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart and the conversion of Russia Bishop Leslie Tomlinson cordially invites parishioners from this and other Dioceses to attend this Marian festival. 2019 October Marian Festival By Adi Indra Sandhurst Seminarian As we recently celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption, I would like to invite you to reflect on the life of Mary, who “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” (Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus, 44). Using the help of the “Hail, Holy Queen” (Salve Regina) prayer, I would like to reflect on this solemn day in three parts: Our Life. In the Annunciation account, (cf. Luke 1:26-38) the Angel Gabriel brought a pretty big news to Mary that she would be the Mother of God! Though she was “greatly troubled” (Luke 1:29), Mary chose to believe in God by firmly saying her fiat, “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your Word” (Luke 1:38). How often do we feel confused, puzzled, and lost? Let us ask for Mary’s intercession, so that we can join our fiat to the perfect one of Mary. Our Sweetness. Mary is “full of grace” (Luke 1:28), certainly not because of her own effort. The Catechism says, “the ‘splendour of an entirely unique holiness’ [of Mary] … comes wholly from Christ; she is ‘redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son’.” (CCC 492). What a blessing it is that we can call Mary our Mother as well! Our Hope. Mary, a human person, was taken up into heavenly glory, into which we, the rest of humanity, hope to follow. Whatever we may experience in this life, let us never lose our hope in Christ. Pope Francis says, “the Song of Mary, the Magnificat: it is the song of hope … May we not be robbed of hope, because this strength is a grace, a gift from God which carries us forward with our eyes fixed on heaven.” (Homily of the Solemnity of the Assumption, 15 August 2013). Salve Regina: our life, our sweetness and our hope The procession at a previous Marian Festival. Photo: Chris McCormack Benediction at the festival with Bishop Leslie Tomlinson. MARIAN DEVOTION