News from the Apostolate
Our Rome office is currently expanding its activities from an on site distribution center — distributing to pilgrims and Romans, petitions for the consecration of Russia and information on the Message of Fatima as well as occasional mailings to priests and bishops in Italy — to reaching out to the rest of Italy with large-scale mailings on the Message of Fatima.
Our most recent mailing was sending the Italian translation of the article Don’t Shoot the Messenger to 18,300 priests in Italy. The office is now preparing for our first prospect mailing which introduces to the Catholic laity in Italy, our apostolate, the Message of Fatima, etc.
Preparations are also being made for the first large scale mailing of The Fatima Crusader in Italian.
Volunteers and Volunteer Distribution
Our North American volunteers have been busy as usual especially during April and May when annually they approach the parishes and priests in their respective areas offering for free, Rosaries and Brown Scapulars for the children making their First Holy Communion. The response to this is quite good.
Our volunteers usually receive a monthly mailing from our volunteer department, and in that mailing are asked to concentrate on distributing a particular item. Our volunteers respond well to these mailings and generally distribute not only the item requested, but also large quantities of our Apostolate literature, etc.
Mailings to Clergy
In the past few months, priests in the U.S. and Canada have been sent both Issue 67 and 68 of The Fatima Crusader, and in the coming week will be sent Issue 69. Also mailed to these priests was the article Don’t Shoot the Messenger.
Any time the Crusader is sent to Catholic clergy, they are always given a reply form where they may request more copies for distribution to their parishes and dioceses at no cost.
We are in the process of reaching out to our priests in this time of scandal within the Catholic Church. A letter of prayer and support is being sent to priests in the United States and Canada letting them know that they are not alone. That we, the workers of the apostolate, as well as supporters of the apostolate, who have asked that their names be added to the letter, are praying for them and doing all we can to protect all the innocent ones from slanderous, malicious gossip. We are also encouraging them, in these difficult times, to turn to Our Lady of Fatima, Who promised, “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God”.
They are being reminded that the only way to resolve the crises within the Church and in the world is through heeding the requests of Our Lady of Fatima.