The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is coming to Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Wilton.

As part of a centennial tour, to 100 dioceses, in honor of 100 years since the apparitions at Fatima, the blessed statue will arrive at the Diocese of Bridgeport April 13, and will visit Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton on Sunday, April 17.

“Fatima appeared to three children, and she told them that we need mercy, that we need to pray the rosary — that’s how it was started — and she predicted things that were going to happen in the world, and those miracles were documented and verified to be true,” Father Reggie Norman of Our Lady of Fatima told The Bulletin.

Sculpted on Oct. 13, 1947, by José Thedim, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima imagines the Blessed Virgin Mary as described by one of the three shepherd seers. It was blessed and made holy by the Bishop of Fatima that day.

The Bishop ordered that the statue be a pilgrim statue, one that would globally tour a message of peace. It hasn’t stopped traveling since 1947.

“This is a statue of peace. It’s a U.S. tour of peace.That’s really important, as well, because we need more peace in this world today,” Norman said.

Norman has a big day planned for April 17.

The statue will arrive at 7:30 a.m. and will be displayed at the front of the sanctuary at Our Lady of Fatima, during each of the day’s five Masses.

“It’ll be there for adoration, so that you can see how beautiful it is; you can touch it if you need to, but as you’re praying and meditating, it’ll be a physical symbol to assist you in that prayer and meditation,” Norman said.

Our Lady of Fatima is said to have conveyed the importance of praying the rosary to the three Portuguese children in 1917.

“After each Mass, we’ll be doing a rosary, and we’ll have information in our parish center about the centennial, with a movie showing and food,” Norman said.

The main event will be a special procession of the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. “That’s the one with our adult choir,” Norman said.

“It’s going to be an informative day,” he said. “We have people coming in from the Fatima Society, for whom this is their everyday life, so we’ll have some of the pre-eminent experts on this here with information.”

According to Norman, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“You may never get to see this again,” he said, adding there are other reasons to come out, too.

“You’ll definitely learn something; it won’t hurt you. There will be friends here, but most importantly, I think, is, Our Lady intercedes for us, and helps us in our troubled times, and she’s there for everyone, and to know that you have that as a tool. I hope everyone uses that tool,” Norman said.

Our Lady of Fatima Parish is also planning scapular society enrollments for April 17, and there will be a special novena starting April 8 and leading up to the pilgrim statue’s visit.

“And we’re still coming up with more stuff, as we go along,” Norman said.

Norman said earlier that “we need more peace in this world,” and he welcomes The Fatima’s message of peace.

“Religion has been used for years to divide people because of their subtle differences, but we have to realize that we have much more in common than we have different,” he said.

“We focus on our differences, and forget to see that we’re all common. If you keep it at a very local level, you will see difference: rich, poor, black, white, fat, skinny, etc., but as you pull out, you see that we’re all children of the creator, so thus we’re all brothers and sisters who need to be kind to each other.

“That’s why peace is so necessary,” Norman said. “Once we achieve peace, then we can fix some of the ills of society.”

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Visit OLFWilton.com for further information about Our Lady of Fatima Parish, and the Pilgrim Virgin Statue’s April 17 visit.

“This is open to anyone. You don’t have to be Catholic to come. There’s no registration,” Norman said.