Rosaries, Books, and 30 Bicycles for an Apostolate in Tanzania
In 2017, Catholics around the world celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. On six occasions, between May 13 and October 13, 1917, the Mother of God appeared to three shepherd children and gave them a message for the whole world. She told them that prayer – especially the Rosary – penance and interior conversion were the means to avert war and disaster from the world, and that men must stop offending God by their sins. On October 13, 1917, a crowd of some 70,000 people were witnesses to a solar miracle in which the sun above them began to spin rapidly and then plunge in a zigzag fashion towards the Earth, before rising back to its place again. The Fatima apparitions have been recognized by the Church, and several of the Popes have since visited the shrine in Fatima.
Many Catholic faithful, on every continent, have responded to Our Lady‘s appeal, consecrating themselves to her Immaculate Heart, praying the Rosary and striving to love God better. They include many people in Africa. In the Diocese of Ifakara in Tanzania, which has only been in existence for five years, there is already a lively Fatima apostolate, led by Sister Euphrasia. Their aim is to spread the message of Fatima among the families in all 23 parishes of the diocese, encouraging the Rosary and encouraging people to avail themselves of the Sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Penance. They also want to encourage a spirit of active neighborly charity in order to live this faith in practical deeds as well.
Most of the parishes in the diocese are in rural areas and include numerous outlying villages, and until recently, they were short of necessary materials, such as rosaries and booklets. Now, thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we have been able to give $1,700 for the rosaries and other items, and $1,900 for 30 bicycles so that catechists can more easily visit the many villages. Thanks to this help, the Fatima apostolate in the diocese has been given new impetus and been able to extend still further.
Sister Euphrasia wrote to thank us: “Dear brothers and sisters, we want to thank you for your great support, which has enabled our apostolate to be very active. We have organized a seminar for the community leaders from the various different parishes. And after that, in the presence of our bishop and the priests, we distributed the various devotional items.”
“We are praying for you! May our Blessed Lady continue to intercede for us all!”
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