St. Mary Church in Mokena will host its fourth annual Marian procession in veneration of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, October 10th following the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Attendees will recite the Rosary as they process with a statue of Mary around the parish grounds.
The candlelit procession will be the first such event held at St. Mary since the Covid 19 pandemic began. Being held outdoors, the procession will allow attendees to easily follow social distancing guidelines.
The parish will also unveil a brand new statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which will be used during the procession. “In the past, the parish has borrowed its procession statue from a parishioner, so this will be our first year using our own statue, and she is beautiful!” exclaims Anna Pacek, Director of Sacred Music at St. Mary and one of the event organizers.
“Our Marian Procession is always special as it falls around the feast of Our Lady of Fatima,” says Father Dindo Billote, pastor of St. Mary Mokena. “The statue is all lit up, and she is led by choirs of music and the people sing Marian songs and carry candle luminaries–it’s so beautiful!”
In 1917, the Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal, asking them to pray and devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to say the Rosary every day. Processions such as this are held to venerate that holy event.