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Posted on 01st October 2018 | GeneralNews

‘I would love to go back again; it was really good.’ (Aoibheann Loughran)

Eight St. Mary’s pupils travelled with twenty-two other young people to Our Lady’s Shrine in Fátima in Summer 2018 with the Armagh Diocese. The students had a jam-packed week beginning with a tour of the Sanctuary in Fatima, the specific place where the Virgin Mary appeared to the three young shepherds in 1917.

The three children were Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto. While in Fátima, the young people were introduced to Lucia’s niece and attended Mass where Jacinta was confirmed. The group met and spoke with enclosed Dominican nuns. Throughout the week, the pupils attended Mass in the Capela Das Aparicoes and, on one evening, were joined by over 700 people in a candlelit procession. After a busy week, it was time for a well-deserved day at the beach! The pilgrimage finished with a trip to Nazaré where the pupils saw the statue that Joseph carved of Mary with Jesus. A true representation of ‘Living Faith’ in the 21st century!

‘It was an incredible experience that I’ll never forget. I made some fantastic memories.’ (Lucy Johnston)