Newsletter n°66 (31 December 2017)
This newsletter, the last of 2017, will be rather special. Initially, when we launched the Cap Fatima project in April 2015, it was planned that it should end after the centenary of the apparitions, in other words, at the end of 2017. This letter should therefore have been the last. But many of you have been very keen for the publication of this letter to continue. All credit due, it’s true that 2017 should not be an ending, but a beginning. It’s entirely possible to pursue all the activities which had been foreseen for the centenary (see newsletters n°1 and n°38) after 2017.
Moreover, some people have believed that this would be the case. A parish which hadn’t been able to do all they wished for the centenary has decided to do it during 2018, declaring it a “Marial year” for the parish. The consecration of the parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is planned; three Pilgrim Virgin Statues of Our Lady of Fatima are making the rounds between the families, etc.
Furthermore, all of the requests of Our Lady have not yet been honoured and there is still much to do for the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be universally spread throughout the world. It was also thought pertinent to continue with the activities of Cap Fatima in 2018 and perhaps beyond, sometimes with slight modifications to take into account the fact that the centenary is now over. The purpose of this letter, then, is to give a few details on the way the Cap Fatima project will be prolonged, postponing the rest of our reflexions on penance and sacrifices until the next newsletter.
The newsletter will continue to appear twice a month, always with the objective of making the message of Fatima better known. In this respect, nothing changes. However, the organisation of the first Saturdays of the month and consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will somewhat simplified so that they take less time.
Meditations for the first Saturdays of the month
Rather than sending the meditations by a separate email to those who requested them by registering on the website, they will simply be joined to the newsletters sent before each first Saturday of the month. Three series of five meditations have been prepared for us to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary, following the advice given by Sister Lucia (see newsletter n°62).
The meditations will be taken from the writings of the Venerable Father Du Pont (1554-1624), a Spanish Jesuit who lived just after the time of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. They will be put onto the website as we go along and can be consulted or downloaded by those who wish to follow their own rhythm. The chosen meditations are purposely a little long to help those who have trouble meditating for a quarter of an hour. But it’s not obligatory to read it all. The proposed texts are only supports: everyone can adapt the length of the reading to the way he meditates.
Finally, as for the series of first Saturdays organised in 2017, we will propose to pray each time especially to atone for one of the blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart. It is important to try to pray together, for Our Lord said: “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:19-20) Of course, we’re not physically together, but we can be together in asking for the same thing from Our Father in Heaven. This is why we will suggest a prayer intention each time.
So, we will begin next Saturday (January 6) with the joyful mysteries. You will find attached a meditation on the first joyful mystery: The Annunciation. You can also find it on this website, in the menu on the right, tab: First Saturdays of the month/Meditations; then, in the table at the bottom of the page, click on: 1st Joyful Mystery.
We also suggest offering this Saturday’s communion to atone for the blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin.
Consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
So as to limit the number of meditations to be sent, which always takes quite a lot of time, we propose reducing the number of preparations for 2018 to seven. The chosen dates are as follows:
- 2 February, The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- 25 March, The Annuciation
- 13 May, First Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima
- 2 July, The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- 15 August, The Assumption of Mary
- 7 October, Our Lady of the Rosary
- 8 December, The Immaculate Conception
For those who would like a different date from those above, please register for the date on the above list which is prior to your own; you’ll simply receive the meditations a little early. However, if a group of at least ten people request a particular date, it is always possible to ask for it to be added to our list, indicating the internet addresses of the persons concerned. Finally, you cab also organise your own preparation by taking the meditations directly from the website yourself.
Only 33-day preparations will be proposed. The meditations used for preparations since May 2017 will be kept, as many people have considered them to be sufficiently rich so as to be used for the renewal of a consecration.
As the next consecration is planned for the 2nd of February, the preparation begins today, the 31st of December 2017, so there is still time to register. (To register, click HERE.)
We will continue to post your prayer intentions on the website. Whilst saying our daily Rosary, we should think of all those who turn to us to help them obtain the graces they need from Our Lady.
The name of the project will have to be slightly modified as 2017 is already behind us. Until a new name is chosen, we will simply use “Cap Fatima”. This letter will therefore be the last with the full name “Cap Fatima 2017”.
All those who have received the grace to have been able to celebrate this centenary devoutly should now be apostles of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, throughout the world. For the propagation of this devotion depends wholly on our dedication. Today’s collect (Sunday within the Octave of Christmas) invites us to ask for such a grace: “Almighty and Eternal God, conform our actions to Thy good pleasure, that we may have the merit of abundant good works in the name of Thy beloved Son.” So, in 2018, continue being apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
To conclude, we wish you all a very holy and happy new year.
In union of prayer in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Yves de Lassus