Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sacred Spaces: Fatima Shrine


By Andres Rivera
Department of Communications

May is the Month of Mary. In the May issue of the Inland Catholic Byte, a section of the paper was devoted to the many devotions of Mary present within the diocese. While we did not have room to include every single one, we tried our best to choose ones that represented diversity of the diocese.

This week, we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. In 1917, our Blessed Mother appeared to three young persons in Fatima, Portugal. Years later, the devotion of Our Lady of Fatima reached the Catholic community in Lake Arrowhead, Ca and that is the location of the fourth edition of Sacred Spaces. 

Fatima Shrine at Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arrowhead



Nestled among trees and shrubbery in the parish gardens and visible from the large windows in the sanctuary at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Arrowhead, sits the Fatima Shrine. Dedicated on Aug. 16, 1953 the beautiful shrine, comprised of statues of Our Lady, Francesco, Jacinta, Lucia and three sheep, were carved by a Portuguese sculptor who witnessed the “miracle of the sun” in Fatima. Built by a community deeply devoted to the Blessed Mother, the shrine continues to inspire and serve as a retreat space for parishioners and visitors year round. 

For a complete history of the Fatima Shrine, visit the parish's website.

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