Bishop Mark presided at the annual Marian Celebration on October 1 at Saint Benedict Parish in Johnstown. Members of the clergy led the Rosary, and the Bishop celebrated Mass. This was the final official Diocesan observance of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Fatima.
During the Liturgy, the Bishop Mark pointed out the statue of Our Lady of Fatima that was donated to the Diocese and blessed by the Bishop. “In the time ahead, it truly will become a pilgrim statue,” he said. “We are going to arrange that this statue will be brought to parishes all over the Diocese where it can be taken into the homes of parishioners and, a day at a time, families and neighbors can gather together to pray the Rosary, and because we need more young people to be missionary disciples of Jesus like those children at Fatima, it will be asked that the special intention of that day of prayer, in the presence of the image of the Lady of Fatima, that the intention of that prayer will be for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate, and consecrated life in our Diocese.”