A pilgrimage for girls to Fatima (Portugal) from October 29-31, 2016.
A group of 7 Servant sisters and 25 girls went on a pilgrimage to Salamanca (Spain), and Santarem and Fatima (Portugal) to celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints’ Day. We set out on Saturday, October 29 from Alcalá de Henares towards Salamanca. We arrived for lunch, and then had a time for prayer in the Church of Vera Cruz and to visit the most important and beautiful places in the city. During our time in Salamanca we all experienced very strongly Our Lady’s presence. We could also see how people need to see a joyful testimony of God. In the Main Plaza and in front of the Cathedral we began to play the guitar and sing joyful songs about Our Lord and Our Lady and passersby would stop to listen. All of them were thirsting for God and we believe that it was a testimony of the fact that heaven exists.
We were welcomed to Salamanca by the family of two of the Servant Sisters and by the Salesians, who giving us lodging in their school. On Sunday we headed on to Portugal. Our first stop was in Santarem, where a Eucharistic Miracle took place in 1247. We received the great grace of being able to pray before the Eucharistic Miracle. For many of us, this was one of the most important moments of the pilgrimage, because God showed us very clearly that He wanted us to be there.
Our final destination was the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and the first thing that we did was visit Our Lady at the “Capelinha.” After Mass, we went in on our knees to sing to Our Lady and pray the rosary. We went back to the hotel to eat dinner and, later on, everyone who wanted to go to confession, do the whole path on their knees, and participate in the rosary and candle lit procession could do so. It was a beautiful day, full of graces.
The next day we went to visit the little shepherds’ tombs and to say goodbye to Our Lady with a small time of prayer in the “Capelinha.” The pilgrimage did not end here. We went back to Alcalá de Henares and we arrived just in time to participate in the All Saints’ Day Mass celebrated by Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla. Later, there was exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the possibility to do street evangelization, inviting people to enter the cathedral. There was also a Holy Hour in the “Santo Niños” Plaza. This was, for many of the girls, a sign that heaven exists, because the Halloween atmosphere was a very big contrast to the heavenly atmosphere that you could experience with the adoration and procession with the Blessed Sacrament.
Another fruit of the pilgrimage is that of the Home of the Mother’s growth. Three of the girls from the pilgrimage, and one that was not able to come, entered the Home of the Mother Youth that following Saturday in Móstoles.
We ask Our Lady that we may be faithful to the abundant graces, which we have received on this pilgrimage.