WAF England and Wales Procession June 2019 article


By: Jerry Rivera, National President

The World Apostolate of Fatima in England & Wales (WAF E&W) through its Dioceses of Westminster and Southwark members, spearheaded for the first time, on 29 June 2019, the celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Procession of Reparation. The day began with sung Holy Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St Simon Stock church in Kensington Church Street, with an estimated congregation of 400 people. The Filipino choir headed by Rene Arabia really lifted the congregation and added to the appreciation of worship during the Mass.

During the afternoon, Fr Richard Nesbitt, WAF Westminster Spiritual Director, spoke of the powerful experience of being enfolded and immersed in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Fr John Williamson, OCD, former parish priest of the Carmelite church, also spoke of the power of being consecrated through the wearing of the brown scapular, Our Lady’s garment of holiness. It is estimated that one hundred people were enrolled and invested in the brown scapular on the day.

The Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by St Teresa of Calcutta, looked after the Centennial Pilgrim Statue of the Immaculate Heart while it was in the Carmelite church. Then during the Procession of Reparation along High Street Kensington to Our Lady of Victories church the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue (NPVS) was carried by the Knights of St Columba, headed by Nestor Baniqued, the Custodian and a Grand Knight himself. These are two different statues representing different aspects of the Fatima message.

The Procession of Reparation along the High Street was a powerful witness and an act of reparation for the sins and offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady. The sorrowful mysteries of the Holy Rosary were recited and hymns to Our Lady were sung along the 30-minute route.

Mgr Jim Curry welcomed the congregation to Our Lady of Victories. Veneration of the Relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco followed, accompanied by the recitation of the litanies to the two saints and of Immaculate Heart of Mary, as well as the prayers taught by the Angel of Peace and Our Lady herself over a century ago. The event ended with the singing of Salve Regina, the angelic salutation and a final blessing from Mgr Jim.

It is hoped that this will now become an annual celebration on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart, which is itself the central theme of the apparitions at Fatima in Portugal. During the June 1917 apparition at Fatima, the Blessed Virgin said that God wished to establish devotion to her Immaculate Heart throughout the world. She went on to say that she promised salvation to whoever embraces this devotion.

May Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart be our refuge and the way that will lead us to God.