Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Parish Book Club: Fatima for Today by Fr. Andrew Apostoli

May 13 is the Feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. To commemorate the feast day and May, the month of Mary, St. Raphael's parish will be hosting a book club, parish wide reading of:

Amazing Book: Fatima for Today, The Urgent Marian Message of Hope by Fr. Andrew Apostoli 

Join our parish, St. Raphaels, in reading this amazing book. Fr. Dominic Corona, our associate pastor, will lead the group. He would like us to learn more about Our Lady and the message of her appearance at Fatima. Click on the Amazon icon above to order your copy.

Book Description:

Though the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima took place almost a hundred years ago, Our Lady’s call to prayer and penance for the salvation of souls and peace in the world is as relevant now as when first delivered to three Portuguese peasant children in 1917.
At the peak of the First World War, Our Lady warned of another worldwide conflict, the rise and spread of Communism, and a terrible persecution of the Church unless people repented of their sins and returned to God. She also requested devotion to her Immaculate Heart and a special consecration of Russia.
Much of what Our Lady of Fatima said was revealed soon after her appearances, but the third and final "secret", which was not a message but a prophetic vision seen by the children, was not unveiled by the Vatican until 2000. Pope John Paul II, who read the third secret while recovering from the attempt upon his life in 1981, believed the vision signified the sufferings the Church had endured in the twentieth century.
Because of the prophetic nature of her messages, Our Lady of Fatima has been the subject of much controversy and speculation. In this book, Father Andrew Apostoli carefully analyzes the events that took place in Fatima and clears up lingering questions and doubts about their meaning. He also challenges the reader to hear anew the call of Our Lady to prayer and sacrifice, for the world is ever in need of generous hearts willing to make reparation for those in danger of losing their way to God.  

Related Fatima resources:

FREE Copy:
Fatima Prayers: CLICK HERE 

Inspiring Talk: 
Fatima: Living the Message by Fr. Jason Brooks, L.C. 
From the CD sleeve: In a time of lost innocence, the faith of three children inspired thousands and made the world believe in miracles. Mary's messages at Fatima have been promoted by Popes, approved by the Church, and validated by over 70,000 witnesses. Fr. Jason Brooks brings to light why Fatima is regarded by many as the most important spiritual event of the past 100 years. BONUS: Fr. Shanon Collins, retreat master and well known speaker on EWTN, explains the intended impact and opportunity of the messages of Fatima on the spiritual lives of believers today.


Informative Booklet: What Happened at Fatima by Leo Madigan

Faithfully following the memoirs of Sister Lucia, Leo Madigan retells the events of Fatima, from the fi rst apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to the beati cations of Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
88 pages


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