The Fatima 2017 Planning Committee (Ottawa) is organizing a series of Fatima Pilgrim Virgin Statue visits to various parishes across the Archdiocese on the 13th of every month from May to October in honour of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The goal is to honour Our Lady and to help make the message of Fatima more well known to Catholics across the Archdiocese.
The basic structure of each of the Visits on the 13th is the following:
- Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament with Silent Adoration
- 20- to 30-minute talk on Our Lady of Fatima, referring to the apparition of the month
- 5 Decades of the Most Holy Rosary
Also, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence for the Fatima Jubilee, from the 27th November 2016 to the 26th November 2017.
The plenary indulgence of the jubilee is granted:
a) to the faithful who visit the Shrine of Fatima in pilgrimage and devotedly participate in a celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the symbol of faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
b) to the pious faithful who visit with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly displayed for public veneration in any temple, oratory or adequate place, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions (the 13th of each month, from May to October 2017), and devotedly participate there in any celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the symbol of faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
c) to the faithful who, due to their age, disease or other serious reason, are impeded of moving, if, repentant of all their sins and having the firm intention of performing, as soon as possible, the three conditions mentioned below, in front of a small image of Our Lady of Fatima, spiritually unite in the days of the apparitions to the jubilee celebrations, offering with trust to God all-merciful through Mary their prayers and pains, or the sacrifices of their own lives.
To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful, truly penitent and animated with charity, must ritually fulfill the following conditions:
- sacramental confession,
- Eucharistic communion and
- prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.