Eventbrite - 49th AWD Exemplification of the Fourth Degree

May 13th is to put it mildly an “interesting” day for Catholics in general and my family in particular.

In 1917 Our Lady of Fátima first appeared to three children in Portugal.

In 1981 while Pope John Paul was entering Saint Peter’s Square he was shot at close range. In great pain, the Holy Father kept repeating, “Mary, my Mother! Mary, my Mother!” I remember the day well – it was my birthday! My wife also remembers it all too well, as she was in St. Peter’s Square that day and was a witness to history!

When he briefly gained consciousness before being operated on, the Pope instructed the doctors not to remove his Brown Scapular during the operation. He stated that Our Lady of Fátima helped keep him alive throughout his ordeal.

He said later: “Could I forget that the event in St. Peter's Square took place on the day and at the hour when the first appearance of the Mother of Christ to the poor little peasants has been remembered for over sixty years at Fátima, Portugal? For in everything that happened to me on that very day, I felt that extraordinary motherly protection and care, which turned out to be stronger than the deadly bullet.“

This painting says it all (a print hangs in our home):

Pope John Paul II and Mary

District Prayer Intentions

  • For peace and a cessation of pain for SK William C. Kuchmas, III, PSD, and for his family as he enters hospice care.
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Dr. Donald E. Bouchard, DDS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Lady Thelma Rice
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Tom Casey
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of SK Anthony I Colbert, PSD, FDD, PGK, PFN, FS
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Steve Holowenzak
  • For teh return to health and speedy recovery of Sara Anderson
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Ray DeVous
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Maruice Mann
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Liz Marcus
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Bob Jack
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer of Ed Madden
  • For the return to health and cure of cancer for Yoshitaka Takeuchi
  • For tthe return to health and cure of cancer of SK Ed & Lady Janet  Madden
  • For the return to health and speedy recovery of Eileen Santangelo
  • For the private intentions of Matt Santangelo
  • For the repose of the soul of Susan Wolf
  • For the repose of the soul of Addie McBride
  • For the repose of the soul of Thomas J. Donnellan
  • For the repose of the souls of the victims of the shooting in Parkland, FL, for the consolation of their friends and families, and the healing of their community and our nation.
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