Friday, August 05, 2016

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (Riverview)

Riverview's Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is home to Detroit's local of the World Apostolate of Fatima (a.k.a. Our Lady's Blue Army). The apostolate’s mission is to “help people learn, live and spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima in communion with the Church and in concert with the New Evangelization.” Their motto, Orbis Unus Orans, translates as One World Praying. Their logo also depicts two hallmarks of the group: a rosary and a scapular.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus shown near the main entrance.

They appear again in the sanctuary, on each side of the tabernacle.

While the chapel is a relatively new construction, the sanctuary is very traditional. There's no freestanding altar and all Masses are offered ad orientem. An altar rail is used for Holy Communion.

Two of the three children that witnessed Our Lady of Fatima, Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto, shown in an illuminated window.

A row of four stained-glass windows line one side of the chapel.

Two statues of St. Anthony of Padua, with the Child Jesus,  stand near the entrance to the chapel.

St. Michael the Archangel in front of the Passion of Christ; St. Joseph with the Child Jesus.

A large crucifix and Sorrowful Mother stand at the rear of the chapel.

Our Lady of Fatima, along with the three children, in the rear of the chapel.

Mass is at 7:00pm on First Fridays and 8:00am on First Saturdays. Confessions are heard 30 minutes before these Masses. Mass is also at 7:00pm on the 13th of each month, May–October, and the rosary is prayed before each Mass. 


Fr. John Hedges is Chaplain and Spiritual Director, as well as pastor of St. Stephen Parish in New Boston.


A men's prayer group meets on the second and fourth Saturdays, 9:00am10:30am. St. Joseph Bookstore is located next to the shrine and is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11:00am–4:00pm, as well as before and after all Masses.

Two depictions of the Blessed Virgin near the social hall.

In anticipation of next year's centennial of Our Lady of Fatima, the group will bring in visiting priests for Mass and lectures. On the centennial of the first apparition, May 13, there will be Mass at Old St. Mary's and procession through Greektown.

For more info: Fatima Shrine Detroit + World Apostolate of Fatima

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