Annual Brazilian Celebration of Our Lady Of Aparecida, September 2015

October 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Brazil, Director's Blog


Our Lady of Aparecida is the Patroness of Brazil. Also known as the “Black Mother” the story of her apparition dates to October 12th, 1717, where in the dark waters of the River Paraiba, in Aparecida SP Brazil,  three fisherman fished a small statue of Our Lady which was caught on the net in two pieces; first the body than the head. Prior to encountering Our Lady, the fisher man had fished many times and did not catch anything, and at this time in this location there was great lack of food for its people. Following fishing the statue of Our Lady, they fished numerous fish, leading to the first miracle of Our Lady of Aparecida.

Since then, many came to visit Aparecida and became devoted to Our Lady of Aparecida. Today a Shrine has been built in her honor, in Aparecida, SP Brazil, where many travel to for prayer as well as for expressing their gratitude for having their prayers heard.

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Having Our Lady of Aparecida as the Patroness Saint of Brazil, even away from their home-land, Brazilians in the United States come together to pay respect and honor our dark-skinned mother. This year’s celebration took place on September 20th at the Fatima Shrine in Holliston MA, where all 16 Brazilian communities of Boston came together along with brasilian communities from the diocese of Providence, Fall River and Worcester.

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Members of the Brazilian Charismatic Renewal on the Welcome Committee

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The walk of the praying of the rosary

The day started with a joyful reception from the Brazilian Charismatic Renewal group, whom welcomed all to the shrine and the feast of Aparecida, followed by the prayer of the Rosary around the rock-rosary at the shrine lead by St. Anthony Parish of Allston. Right after the Rosary mass was celebrated and this year’s main celebrant was the Bishop of Fall River, Bishop Edgar Da Cunha S.D.V., D.D. and among the concelebrating Priests were Fr. Micahel Harrington, Director the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity, Fr. Miguel Gonçalves of East Boston, Fr. Jonas Cristal of Lowell, Fr. Jose Eduardo of Stoughton, Fr. Valdir Lima of Rockland , Fr. John Devin CSSR, Fr. Paulo Barbosa of Fall River, and Deacon Alvaro Soares of Lowell. The Mass music and liturgy were of the responsibility of Holy Family Parish Community in Lowell.

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Mass Procession

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Bishop Da Cunha greeting Fr. Jonas Christal of Lowell

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Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers in the front seats awaiting the beginning of mass

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Fr. Michael Harrington, Director of the Office of Outreach Cultural Diversity along with Brazilian Priests, Deacons with Bishop Da Cunha

During Mass, there was procession of Our Lady of Aparecida, where 4 young adults dressed as fishermen symbolizing the fisherman whom encountered our lady in 1717. Short after there was the coronation of our Lady, in which a song was sung as the children presented our Lady with gifts and the crown.

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Holy Family of Lowell Choir

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Fisherman carrying Our Lady of Aparecida

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Girls dancing up to the statue of Our Lady for the coronation

Following mass, the people stayed for food, fellowship, music, in which some traditional food from Brazil was being sold and fun activities for families took place.

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Young Adult group gathered in prayer

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Members of the Community of Stoughton selling t-shirts

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