Island hopping

After gracing the neighbor islands with her presence, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima returns to Oahu this evening. She will be at St. George Church in Waimanalo, where veneration will begin at 6:30 p.m.

At St. George, there will be a Mass in her honor at 7:30 p.m., followed by benediction and adoration. A brief talk by the statue’s custodian, Patrick Sabat, will precede Mass. Contact Carlotta Kidder at or 259-7188 for further details.

It’s been a busy couple of days for those who been traveling with the statue of Our Lady. Easter Alumena of the diocesan Office of Worship sent in this photo yesterday to introduce “the crew” that has been “island hopping” with the Blessed Mother:


Left to right in photo: Michael Whitcraft (TFP Tradition Family Property representative), Patrick Sabat (World Apostolate of Fatima, Blue Army), Valerie Elefante (local president of America Needs Fatima), Easter Almuena

Easter shared her thoughts with us yesterday as the crew prepared for a challenging part of the pilgrimage:

One of our biggest hurdles in the 9-day Fatima pilgrimage was catching the last flight from Kauai — the 10:52pm — to get back to Honolulu, catch a decent two to three-hour of sleep, then catch the early morning flight for Maui. What is humbling about this part of the journey is knowing that you are not alone, that with you are three other individuals whose aim to “make it” to the next leg comes with a communal sense of belonging. “I am not alone.” We are certainly never alone — we all have figured it out already — since with us is a God whose continual aim is to love us all the way in our journey, and that includes making sure he supplies for all our needs. I checked to see if everyone was here. Check! Maui, here we come with the Fatima statue! She may be just a statue, but she symbolizes a calm yet powerful intercessory companion.

Here are photos from Our Lady’s visit at St. Catherine Church, Kauai. Many thanks to Father Anthony Rapozo and the hospitality of the Kauai faithful:

And photos from the ceremonies at Holy Rosary Church in Paia,  with Father Cipriano “Jojo” Alnas and the gracious devotees on Maui:

Lastly, we received this picture from Mary Rosenthal, parish secretary for Maria Lanakila Church in Lahaina and Sacred Hearts Mission Church in Kapalua. Parishioners there rented a 48-passenger bus to travel to Paia to visit Our Lady.



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