"My Favourite Island Church
- Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman CBE (1906-1984)
ST. ALBAN'S CHURCH
THE CHAPEL-OF-EASE TO THE PARISH OF GODSHILL
The Blessed Virgin Mary at the Cova da Iria near the village of Fátima in northern Portugal. The Lady in white appeared upon an olive tree sorrounded by a rey of bright light and said 'Do not be afraid, I will not harm you. I come from heaven."
Our Lady of The Holy Rosary of Fátima as she became known, appeared five more times until her final appearance on the 13th October when many of the 70,000 people present also reported seeing strange things happening to the Sun (The Miracle of The Sun), whic'began to turn as if projecting in each direction bands of light of each colour that lit and coloured the clouds."
(1908 – 1919), St. Jacinta de Jesus Marto (1910 – 1920) and their cousin Lúcia dos Santos (1907–2005) every 13th day from May to October exept in the month of August due to their improsenment as hooligans by the then dictatorship administration. St. Francisco and St. Jacinta learned from the Blessed Mary of
The siblings eventually became victims of the great 1918 influenza epidemic that swept through Europe. By the 4th April 1919 St. Francisco fell ill, declining hospital treatment he died at home later that day. St. Jacinta was moved from one hospital
the apparition of the Virgin Mother
that this day would be declared a day of national mourning in Portugal.On the Fátima Centeenary in 2017 Pope Francis canonised Saints’ Francisco, Jacinta and Sister Lúcia – given the title ‘Servant of God’.All three children are buried at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary
Fátima Centeenary at St. Alban's
Fátima, known for its Healing waters from the Sanctuaries blessed fountains is known to have Healing Properties.
Much like other Blessed fountains such as Lourdes in France, Spain's Guadalupe -Cáceres and our own shrine of
Walsingham,we at St. Alban's use the waters of Fátima,which have been imported from the Holy Shrine.
Occasionally using the waters from Lourdes we always fill our church Stoup with the waters from Walsingham in which the Virgin Mother appeared to Richeldis de Faverches in 1061.
Our Stoups' (holy water fonts) are found at the church entrance, vestery and in the Lady Chapel, used to remind us of our Baptism and the pureness of prayer.
As Part of our Fátima celebrations we held special services each month reciting the Rosary just
as the Virgin mother has asked. Joining with our friends from The Church of the Good Shepherd - Lake and our friends from the Roman Catholic Church our solumn services acompanied with traditional Portuguese delicacy's - the famous Pastel de nata brought from Portugal created a devotion to the historic land which the Virgin mother choose to speak the Good News and warn us of the days ahead.
In Celebration of Fátima - Our Statue of Our Lady of Fátima was given to St. Alban's Church by our Churchwarden who has close ties with Portugal and brougt it back from Fátima for our
Lady Chapel where it was blessed on this historic date.
Guest speaker at one of our Fátima services,
Roman Catholic Deacon-in-training, Dr. Paul Severn
and our Deacon Corinne Smith with our statue of Saint Alban
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