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. \u201cFatima appeared to three children, and she told them that we need mercy, that we need to pray the rosary \u2014 that\u2019s how it was started \u2014 and she predicted things that were going to happen in the world, and those miracles were documented and verified to be true,\u201d Father Reggie Norman of Our Lady of Fatima told The Bulletin. Sculpted on Oct. 13, 1947, by Jos\u00e9 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\u2019t stopped traveling since 1947. \u201cThis is a statue of peace. It\u2019s a U.S. tour of peace.That\u2019s really important, as well, because we need more peace in this world today,\u201d 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\u2019s five Masses. \u201cIt\u2019ll be there for adoration, so that you can see how beautiful it is; you can touch it if you need to, but as you\u2019re praying and meditating, it\u2019ll be a physical symbol to assist you in that prayer and meditation,\u201d Norman said. Our Lady of Fatima is said to have conveyed the importance of praying the rosary to the three Portuguese children in 1917. \u201cAfter each Mass, we\u2019ll be doing a rosary, and we\u2019ll have information in our parish center about the centennial, with a movie showing and food,\u201d Norman said. The main event will be a special procession of the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. \u201cThat\u2019s the one with our adult choir,\u201d Norman said. \u201cIt\u2019s going to be an informative day,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have people coming in from the Fatima Society, for whom this is their everyday life, so we\u2019ll have some of the pre-eminent experts on this here with information.\u201d According to Norman, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. \u201cYou may never get to see this again,\u201d he said, adding there are other reasons to come out, too. \u201cYou\u2019ll definitely learn something; it won\u2019t 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\u2019s there for everyone, and to know that you have that as a tool. I hope everyone uses that tool,\u201d 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\u2019s visit. \u201cAnd we\u2019re still coming up with more stuff, as we go along,\u201d Norman said. Norman said earlier that \u201cwe need more peace in this world,\u201d and he welcomes The Fatima\u2019s message of peace. \u201cReligion 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,\u201d he said. \u201cWe focus on our differences, and forget to see that we\u2019re 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\u2019re all children of the creator, so thus we\u2019re all brothers and sisters who need to be kind to each other. \u201cThat\u2019s why peace is so necessary,\u201d Norman said. \u201cOnce we achieve peace, then we can fix some of the ills of society.\u201d Information Visit OLFWilton.com for further information about Our Lady of Fatima Parish, and the Pilgrim Virgin Statue\u2019s April 17 visit. \u201cThis is open to anyone. You don\u2019t have to be Catholic to come. There\u2019s no registration,\u201d Norman said.