We would like to inform our readers that since our last report, the Canadian Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima has visited several Dioceses of Ontario. Father Gruner accompanied the Pilgrim Statue to the three Archdioceses of Ontario: Ottawa, Toronto, and Kingston, and to the district of Sudbury, in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.
In January and February, the Pilgrim Statue was honored in a number of Ottawa and district parishes. On Saturday and Sunday, the 13th and 14th of January, the people of St. Ignatius the Martyr Parish welcomed Our Lady. Father Gruner, at the invitation of Msgr. Fogarty, had an opportunity at all the Masses to explain the Message of Fatima to the parishioners.
Father Whelan of St. Mary’s parish arranged a Triduum from the 27th to the 30th of January, from Saturday evening to Tuesday inclusive, in honor of Our Lady. Father Gruner preached at all Sunday Masses, and every day at the Holy Hour. There was also time set aside for private devotion during the four days. Father assisted at the parish Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
In February, St. Martin de Porres parish welcomed the Pilgrim Virgin. Father Heffernan had a well-organized, well-attended all-night vigil arranged for the First Friday and First Saturday devotions in honor of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart.
St. Patrick’s parish in Fallowfield was honored by Our Lady’s visit on the 3rd and 4th of February. Father preached at all the Sunday Masses. Then, on Monday the 5th, thanks to Father Bourke, the students of the Catholic School in Barrhaven received the beautiful Pilgrim Statue. Father was very pleased at how well both staff and students welcomed Our Lady and the message She brought to us at Fatima.
At the invitation of Father Rabiega, on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th, the Polish Parish of Ottawa, St. Hyacinth’s, came to honor Our Lady and to listen to Father speak about Our Holy Mother. The people of St. Hyacinth’s certainly showed their great devotion to Our Lady.
Father Gruner had a very busy two weeks in the Sudbury district. The Pilgrim Virgin surely brought comfort and hope to many of the area’s striking miners and their families. The events at the various churches where Our Lady visited were well attended. Many Rosaries were said, and many came during the day for private devotions to honor the Blessed Virgin and Her Son, the “Hidden” Jesus of the Blessed Sacrament.
In the evening of Monday, March 19, many people of St. Alexander parish of Azilda and Chelmsford came to attend Mass, to pray before Our Lady’s image, and to hear Father Gruner speak about Her appearances at Fatima.
On Monday the 26th, the Pilgrim Statue was at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Sudbury. Father McParland had not only announced the coming visit at all the Masses, but he had also an announcement and a Do You Know leaflet in the parish bulletin. At least two hundred people attended the devotions. Father was asked to stay another day, and so on Tuesday, children of the parish came to the church to honor Our Heavenly Mother.
Father Nault, pastor of St. Stephen’s in Dowling, arranged for school children to come to the church to visit the Pilgrim Virgin when She was there on Wednesday the 28th. Many were enrolled in the Brown Scapular. Father Nault asked that the Pilgrim Virgin come back on another day, and a return visit was arranged for the 30th. The people were delighted that the Pilgrim Virgin was able to return, and many attended the devotions at the church.
On Thursday the 29th the Sisters of Charity warmly welcomed the Pilgrim Virgin. The Sisters arranged for a group of students from Notre Dame to come and honor Our Blessed Mother, and they showed great interest in the Fatima apparitions and message.
St. Clement’s Parish gave the Pilgrim Virgin a loving welcome. The people gathered to accept the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel after the Masses at which Father Gruner preached. Many stayed after the Sunday Masses to pray before the Pilgrim Virgin.
We would like to thank the people of Sudbury, who showed such a great devotion and warmth to the Pilgrim Virgin.