The full Counsel Newsletter - No 344

  "Coming by the bus loads"
(but not in accord with the Christ)........Colossians 2:8
Statue draws thousands

Ten years after its last visit to Brisbane, the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima drew huge crowds when it returned to the arch-diocese on August 14.
  During the one-metre tall statue's visit to south-east Queensland, thousands of people gathered for Masses and other devotions at several churches.
  Our Lady of Graces Church, Carina, was the first stop.
  On August 15, it visited Marian Valley, Canungra, for the Feast of the Assumption, with a Mass celebrated by Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman at 11am.
  Pauline Father Gabriel Taylor said more than 1500 people attended the Mass at Marian Valley.
  He said busloads of people came from Ipswich, Brisbane,


Holy presence: The International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Marian Valley, Canungra

the Gold Coast and northern NSW for the day.
  "It was a wonderful, blessed day," he said.
  Similar crowds attended when the statue visited Sacred Heart Church, Clear Waters and Little Flower Church, Kedron.
  Physical cures have been attributed to the presence of the statue.
  Three custodians accompanied the statue to south-east Queensland, talked about it and spread the message of Fatima.
  The statue of Our Lady of Fatima was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim, based on the description of Sr Lucia, one of three young seers who saw Our Lady from May to October 1917 in Fatima, Portugal.
  The statue last visited the archdiocese in 1996.
  It left Brisbane for Adelaide and Perth.
  The statue's Australian tour also included Sydney, Goulburn and Melbourne.

Examples of crowd drawers (and crowd pleasers)
Comment by JTCM Australia
September, 2006

Pastor Paul Sheehan