Brazilian Feast of Our Lady Aparecida – September 21st, 2014

September 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Brazil, Director's Blog

On Sunday, September 21st, 2014, Fr. Michael Harrington, director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity, joined the Brazilian Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Boston as they celebrated the Feast of Our Lady Aparecida, the patroness saint of Brazil. Gathered at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, MA, the celebration began with a rosary followed by a Holy Mass attended by hundreds of devoted Brazilians. Fr. Volmar Scaravelli, pastor of St. Tarcisius in Framingham, celebrated the Mass along side Fr. Francisco Silva (St. Anthony, Allston), Fr. John Devin, Fr. Michael Harrington and Deacon Paulo Torrens.


Left to Right: Fr. Francisco Silva, Deacon Paulo Torrens, Fr. Volmar Scaravelli, Fr. Michael Harrington, and Fr. John Devin.


Crowd gathered for outdoor Holy Mass.

With participation from each of the 16 Brazilian communities of the Apostolate, the Mass featured a group of kids bringing the Holy Scripture to the alter, a re-enactment of the finding of Our Lady Aparecida, as well as a coronation of Our Lady.


Representatives holding a sign with the name of each community of the Apostolate.


Group of young girls bringing the Holy Scripture to the alter.


Young girl representing Our Lady Aparecida after her coronation.

Our Lady Aparecida was discovered in October 1717 by three fishermen, who after failed attempts at catching any fish prayed to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception asking God to grant them a good catch. Soon after dragging a headless statue of the Virgin Mary and then the head, the fishermen reported catching plenty of fish. They named the statue Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady of the Appeared Conception) and a special devotion began followed by many miracles. The image attracted large crowds to the village where the fishermen lived, and over the next years much time was devoted in building chapels and eventually the biggest Marian shrine in the world, located in Aparecida, Sao Paulo. On July 16, 1930, Pope Pius XI declared Our Lady Aparecida as the main patroness of Brazil. Her feast day is celebrated on October 12 and since 1980 it has been a National holiday.


Derny Kammer from the Brazilian community of Framingham and his family.


Mothers and children having lunch in the shade.

Following Mass, all enjoyed the afternoon with traditional Brazilian food, raffles and activities for the children. This annual celebration unites all the Brazilian communities of the Apostolate and is a special moment for families and young adults to come together to honor Our Lady Aparecida, patroness of their beloved home country.


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