Since Nativity of Mary was established in 1949, there have been various devotions. The one that has persisted the longest and is still in existence is the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima.
In February 1953, Liz and Elden Oxborough purchased a statue of Our Lady of Fatima. On Sunday, February 8, 1953 Father Martin Larkin came to the Oxborough home to bless the statue and lead the Rosary prayer. There were many founding families in attendance. These folks all signed up to take the statue home with them; each family keeping her for a week and saying the Rosary daily in front of the statue.
At one time the Our Lady of Fatima statue was accidently broken and so the Oxborough family purchased a second one which could be used as a substitute in case of future breakage. The first statue was repaired and then there were two statues circulating during the years of 1949 – 1980. Nativity of Mary had at least two family groups kneeling together every day praying the Rosary for world peace, the conversion of Russia and the success of Nativity of Mary parish.
During the Korean War, while the statues were traveling from home to home the families were asked to pray to Mary for her special intercessions that all of the young men from Nativity of Mary serving in Korea would come home safely. This request was granted by Mary and all men did indeed returned home safely!
This is where we lose the story of the traveling statues. We don’t have much information on what happened to the statues over the last 30 years. The statues just disappeared from circulating. During the 2000’s one of the statues found its way to Mary Jo and Nicholas Paulus. They took the broken statue into their home and had her repaired. They build a traveling box to put around her so she can’t fall over and break anymore.
In April of this year, I offered an opportunity for all parishioners to participate in a 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration with 69 people signing-up. We began our journey to grow closer to Jesus through Mary on April 10th with May 13th the date we said our Marian Consecration prayer; the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s first of six apparitions to the children of Fatima.
While I was preparing for the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, it came to my attention that Nativity of Mary didn’t have a statue of Our Lady of Fatima. How can we say our Consecration Prayer without Our Lady of Fatima in our presence? So, I prayed to Mary and I have to share with you how she so miraculously answered my prayers. The 64 year old traveling statue found its way back to Nativity of Mary with Nicholas & Mary Jo Paulus returning her home. Then two woman parishioners of Nativity of Mary purchased a brand new Our Lady of Fatima Statue and donated her to Nativity of Mary. And if two statues weren’t enough, the large beautiful Our Lady of Fatima statue from the Children of the Eucharist (which wasn’t available to Nativity of Mary on May 13th) suddenly was available to be here!! So, not only did Mary send us one statue….she sent us three!!!
On May 13th Father Zehren re-blessed the traveling statue and blessed the new statue. The new Our Lady of Fatima statue will have a permanent home in the Gathering Space keeping a loving eye on her children from Nativity of Mary. I have put the traveling statue back into circulation, with families able to sign-up to take her home with them for one week periods. If your family would like to take Mary home, please call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-881-8671 x322.
We are saying the Rosary on the 13th of each month in the Chapel (starting at 7:00pm) continuing the 100th anniversary celebrations of Mary’s six apparitions to the children of Fatima right through her last appearance to them on October 13th when 100,000 people from Portugal witnessed Mary and the “Dancing Sun”.
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.”