Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center A Place of Pilgrimage

Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center A Place of Pilgrimage

As we close this year of Mercy and anticipate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s message of hope, peace and salvation to a world suffering under the weight of sin, Pope Francis tells us that Our Lady of Fatima “invites us once again to turn to prayer, penance, and conversion.” “She asks us to never offend God again. She forewarns all humanity about the necessity of abandoning oneself to God, the source of love and mercy,”

The Diocese of Sacramento has declared Christ the King Passionist Retreat center the Pilgrim center for the centenary celebration of Our Lady of Fatima. Aux. Bishop Cotta has appointed Father Giltus Mathias and the Passionist Community at Christ the King Retreat Center as custodians of a statue, crafted in Portugal, of Our Lady of Fatima.

This statue is placed in an especially dedicated shrine where members of the public can visit and pray to the Blessed Virgin. Both the statue and shrine were officially blessed and dedicated by Aux. Bishop Cotta on Thursday December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, at 6.00pm.

Throughout the 100th anniversary year and after, Christ the King Retreat Center will welcome pilgrims to visit the statue of Our Lady. In addition, Christ the King will offer a series of talks on the second Sunday of each month from 3 PM to 5 PM followed by Marian devotions and Mass, January 2017 to April 2018.

You may come alone or schedule to come with a group to honor Mary and her Son.

“Consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother means returning beneath the cross of the Son. It means consecrating this world to the pierced heart of the Savior, bringing it back to the very source of its redemption. The heart of Mary… not only calls us to be converted: she calls us to accept her motherly help to return to the source of redemption.” – Pope St. John Paul II Fatima Address,1982

Outpouring of Mercy at Fatima

Outpouring of Mercy at Fatima

We have concluded an incredible Jubilee Year of Mercy inaugurated by Pope Francis, inaugurated on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Pope Francis invited the entire Catholic Church to renew itself as a place not of judgment or condemnation but of pardon and merciful love. The Church, during this Year of Mercy, sought to emphasize one of her most profound characteristics, to make it visible for all to understand and experience. “Mercy, the inexhaustible capacity to welcome and forgive all men and women in need of pardon whether alive or dead.”In this way the Church reveals the authentic face of God, our Father “rich in mercy”.  God’s mercy is infinite, hence it never ceases to flow. Closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy is not shutting the doors of mercy but unsealing the floodgates of mercy in a different fashion.And it is surely providential that the Pope decided that the Year of Mercy should immediately precede 2017, the Centenary of the Fatima Apparitions to the three young seers, Lucia,Jacinta and Francisco, between May and October of 1917. So it could be said that, liturgically, the Year of Mercy leads us from Our Lady to Christ by means of her apparitions at Fatima.

The theme of mercy is one of the core messages of Fatima.For example, when the Angel of Peace appeared to the three young shepherds during the summer of 1916,the Angeltold the children: “Pray! Pray very much! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy for you.”The three shepherd children participated in these designs of mercy. They obtained abundant graces for the Church and for all of mankind throughout many years of tribulation and darkness. These children totally consecrated themselves to the Immaculate Heart, allowing themselves to be formed by Mary and to fully embrace her mission to the world.  As a result, they became great channels of mercy and conversion for the Church and the world. This invites us also to participate in the designs of mercy that the Hearts of Jesus and Mary have for us in our lives.

At Fatima, with its events and message, they form for us a large piece of God’s divine plan for mercy for our times. The little shepherds of Fatima saw many ways to help save souls through God’s mercy. He asks us to honor the Heart of Mary, the maternal, most-pure love of Mary. This means to open our hearts to her love and to offer our hearts to be formed in the love of Christ. Therefore, it is critical that we not only turn to the Immaculate Heart of Mary but also worthily prepare ourselves to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and relive her message more deeply.  As we close the year of Mercy and anticipate the 100thAnniversary of Our Lady’s message of hope, peace and salvation to a world suffering under the weight of sin, Pope Francis tells us that Our Lady of Fatima “invites us once again to turn to prayer, penance, and conversion.” “She asks us to never offend God again. She forewarns all humanity about the necessity of abandoning oneself to God, the source of love and mercy,”

The Diocese of Sacramento declares Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center as the Pilgrimage center for the Centenary Celebration of Our Lady of Fatima. Bishop Cotta has appointed Father Giltus Mathias and the Passionist Community as custodians of a statue, crafted in Portugal, of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue, a perfect and beautiful replica was gifted to the Bishop.

This statue is placed in an especially dedicated shrine where members of the public can visit and pray to the Blessed Virgin.The statue and shrine was officially blessed and dedicated by Bishop Cotta on Thursday, December 8, 2016, on  the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

Throughout the 100th Anniversary Year, Christ the King Retreat Center will welcome pilgrims to visit the statue of Our Lady. Apart from this,Christ the King Retreat Center will offer a series of presentations on every second Sunday of the month from 3 pm to 5 pm from January 2017 to April 2018. Marian devotions and Mass will follow each of the presentations.

Fr.Giltus Mathias CP

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