Annual diocesan peace procession, Mass is October 9

FALL RIVER, Mass. — For nearly 40 years, pilgrims from parishes across the Fall River Diocese have annually come together on the second Monday in October — designated as the month of the Holy Rosary — to pray for peace through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, who is also known as the Queen of Peace.

During this centennial year, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, the Fall River Diocese’s annual procession and Mass for Peace will be celebrated on Monday, October 9.

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All parish groups should congregate in the area of St. Anne’s Church by 5:30 p.m.

That first diocesan peace procession and Mass were held to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima and to pray for peace in Portugal. The inaugural procession began at St. Mary’s Cathedral and ended at Kennedy Park where an estimated 30,000 people attended an outdoor Mass celebrated by then-Bishop Daniel A. Cronin.

In subsequent years the peace procession’s destination and closing Mass celebration has been relocated indoors to nearby St. Anne’s Church to better accommodate the crowds and in case of inclement weather.

The tradition of bringing banners, flags, etc. is encouraged. The use of buses to transport parishioners is encouraged. The bus driver should be instructed to drop off passengers at St. Anne’s Church then proceed to the cathedral schoolyard located at the comer of Rodman Street and Second Street where parking will be available. Those coming by private car should park their cars as close to St. Mary’s Cathedral as possible.

People in wheelchairs, handicapped or disabled persons should proceed directly to the cathedral where a special area will be designated for them.

All participants should bring their own candles.

All priests are invited to concelebrate and deacons are most welcome. They are asked to bring an alb and white stole.

Men are needed to assist in carrying the statue of Our Lady in the procession.

Please select men from your parish for this service. On the day of the procession these men should report to St. Anne’s Church by 5:30 p.m. 

It would be appropriate for participants to wear a special robe, badge, or distinctive insignia that would set them apart in the procession.

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