Cross from St. James' rededicated at St. Bernard's

May 18, 2017
Courtesy of: Diocese of Portland Fr. Robert Vaillancourt raises his hand to bless the golden cross from the former St. James Church in Thomaston, as it is rededicated as part of a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima at St. Bernard's Church in Rockland May 13.

Rockland — In an outdoor Mass May 13, Fr. Robert Vaillancourt of St. Brendan the Navigator parish rededicated a golden cross that once adorned the roof of the former St. James Church in Thomaston, making it part of the shrine to Our Lady of Fatima at St. Bernard's Church, 150 Broadway.

The mass and rededication were part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children named Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco in Fatima, Portugal, where the Mary, the mother of Jesus, is said to have appeared once each month from May 13 until October 13, 1917. The shrine at St. Bernard features large statues of Mary, hands folded in prayer, gently looking down on the three children.

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