Two years ago we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima. I thought it would be my best chance to pray for my future spouse and that maybe She would want me to always remember her guidance for me. I prayed the Fatima Novena without any expectation. I wasn’t thinking about it being the last day (to be honest, I had zero devotion to Fatima prior to this event) and went about my day as normal. I went to my friends’ housewarming party where I noticed a handsome guy. Long story short, he and I set up a date for the following Saturday and fell in love and have now been married for five months. The day we met was May 13th – the 100th anniversary. It dawned on me that summer as we were dating that my prayer was answered.
As I was thinking about Catholic celebrations and how little time I have given in my own life to do something special, I knew I had to start with Fatima. Fatima calls us to a devotion to pray the rosary daily. I wanted to design party goods that bring JOY to our hearts and aid us in conversation around where Mary has shown up in our own lives.
Her feast day is on Monday this year (the day after Mother’s day) and in the month of Mary. Whether you’re serving breakfast on our Marian plates to your kids (might I suggest making these immaculate heart pancakes!) or gathering your friends for a rosary night and potluck (try making Portuguese food for a fun theme!), the Marian party goods can lead to a discussion about Mary’s presence.
One thing I didn’t know about Fatima was that she was the one who revealed the O My Jesus prayer that we pray at the end of the Rosary! “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy”
Fatima can be celebrated on the 13th from May until October. On October 13th, the Miracle of the Sun took place and Mary revealed herself also as Our Lady of the Rosary.
If you have children, you can print out this Rosary coloring sheet.
And if you are like me and cannot remember the Mysteries of the Rosary, you can download these cards. It will print as one page and you can cut into 4 small cards!
I cannot wait to see how you are able to use our party set with your families and friends (or maybe like me who just likes to use them every once in a while when I need an extra smile).