AGES 4 - 8
1. During Our Lady's visit in June she asked Lucia to do something very important so she would be able to help Our Lady during her whole life time. What was this very important thing that Lucia was supposed to do?
2. The 3 little shepherds were still so sad that people didn't believe in the visits of the Lady from Heaven. So in July Lucia asked a big favor of Our Lady so that people would know that she really did come to visit them. What was this big favor?
3. What did Our Lady tell the children?
4. Everyone would like to go to Heaven when our life on earth is over, but sadly many people don't love God or obey Him and so they can't go to Heaven. In July Our Lady showed the 3 children where people go when they die if they don't love God. What did Our Lady show them?
5. God and Our Lady love us very much even if we don't always love them back. So Our Lady told the children something they could do to help sinners go to Heaven. On a certain day each month if we go to Mass, say the Rosary and think about the lives of Jesus and Mary for a little while we can help ourselves and other people go to Heaven. What is this practice called?
6. Many people who did not believe in God or the Blessed Virgin Mary were very angry that the shepherd children were visited by Our Lady. So in August before Our Lady came to visit them, the children were arrested and taken away from their families for 3 whole days! These people tried many ways to frighten the shepherds and to make them say they lied about Our Lady's visits to them. But the children were so very brave. They would not tell a lie. Even when they were told they would be boiled in oil if they wouldn't give in. What did Lucia tell the people who arrested them?
AGES 9 - 13
1. Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco were very serious about their promise to pray and offer sacrifices for the conversion of sinners and to make reparation to God for sins committed. Sacrifices are things we enjoy or want that we offer to God for love of him. Name 2 sacrifices offered by the three shepherd children.
2. Our Lady asked us to offer our sufferings to God for the conversion of sinners and in reparation to God for sins committed. Sufferings come to everyone at times in their lives. We do not choose to suffer as we choose tooffer sacrifices. Francisco and Jacinta suffered greatly from the flu which took their young lives in 1919 and 1920 respectively. Lucia however lived to be 97 years old. Some of her sufferings included the loneliness she felt after her two cousins died. Name one other suffering she experienced.
3. During the July 13th apparition, Our Lady taught the children a new prayer that was to be added to the end of each decade of the Rosary known as the Rosary or Decade Prayer. What are the words to this prayer?
4. On July 13th Our Lady told the children "this war will end". To which war was Our Lady referring?
5. But, she said, "If people do not cease offending God a worse war will break out". Which war was Our Lady warning us about?
6. The Blessed Mother told the children that God would give a warning sign before the start of the next war. What was that sign and when did it occur?
AGES 14 - 18
The apparition of July 13th is the most important of the 6 apparitions. It contains the secrets of Fatima, Our Lady's predictions for the future and her call to us to amend our lives.
1. The first of the secrets is the vision of hell given to the children. This vision is the reason Our Lady came to earth; she came to lead us away from this horrific vision back to the Beatific Vision. What is the Beatific Vision?
2. Our Lady told the children we must amend our lives and confess our sins so we can save our own souls, but in perfect charity we must also offer prayers and sacrifices for the souls of others. Why did Our Lady say this was important?
3. At Fatima the Blessed Virgin makes it very clear that peace in the world is directly tied to the conversion of sinners and what chastisement did she say was the result of sin?
4. The first part of the second secret of Fatima is Our Lady's request for the "Communion of Reparation" or the 5 First Saturday Devotion. She told the children she would come sometime in the future to request it and that if practiced this devotion would prevent another world war and prevent the spread of Russian errors throughout the world. In 1925 Our Lady and the Christ Child appeared to Sister Lucia in her convent to explain the devotion and to request the spread of it throughout the world. One first Saturday is to be offered for each of the 5 blasphemies against the Virgin Mary. What are those blasphemies?
5. Our Lady of Fatima has the celebration of the 5 First Saturdays. It can be celebrated every first Saturday of the year. Of what does this devotion consist?
6. The second part of the second Fatima secret is Our Lady's request for the Pope in union with all the bishops of the world to consecrate Russia to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart. As with the First Saturday devotion, this consecration was intended to convert Russia and prevent the spread of Communist errors throughout the world. Our Lady came to Sister Lucia in 1929 to ask for this to be done. However the consecration was not done for many years. Jesus told Sister Lucia that it would be done, but it would be too late, that Russia would already have spread her errors throughout the world. When was the consecration successfully completed and by which Pope?
Ages 4 - 8
1. On the day the Blessed Mother first appeared there was a big flash of light. The children thought it was going to rain but instead a beautiful lady appeared. She was dressed all in white and she was so bright she seemed to be dressed in light! She wore a long necklace with ball of light at the bottom and there was a bright star on the bottom of her dress. What did she hold in her hands?
2. The Blessed Mother knew that such a brilliant spectacle would probably frighten the 3 little shepherds. What was the first thing Our Lady said to them?
3. Lucia asked the beautiful Lady "where do you come from"? What did Our Lady tell her?
4. The Blessed Mother asked the children to pray and offer sacrifices for poor sinners so they would stop disobeying God and be able to go to Heaven. A good prayer to pray would be the Hail Mary. Do you know the words to the Hail Mary? What sacrifices would you make to save poor sinners?
5. The visits by the Blessed Mother made the children very happy! But many of the people in the village didn't believe the children were telling the truth and they made of fun of them. This made them very sad. Jesus suffered on the Cross so we could go to Heaven. Do you think that when we are sad or sick or people make fun of us Jesus would be happy to use our suffering to help people go to Heaven?
Ages 9 - 13
1. On May 13th at about noon the children were in the fields pasturing their sheep when they saw a brilliant flash of light. Thinking it was going to rain they began to pack up their things to return home. After another flash they saw "a beautiful lady from Heaven" standing above a holm oak. She appeared to be about 17 years old dressed in white and surrounded by light. The first words Our Lady spoke are said many times in the Bible. What were those words?
2. Lucia asked the Lady what she wanted of them. What did the Lady say?
3. At the time of the first apparition the children did not know that the "beautiful lady from Heaven" was the Blessed Mother. When did they find out who she really was?
4. What title did the Blessed Mother use to tell the children who she was?
5. There was one thing in particular the Blessed Mother asked us to do each time she came to see the children. What was this one thing?
6. Our Lady asked the children if they would be willing to accept any sufferings that God might send them and to pray and offer sacrifices. The children immediately answered they would be willing to do these things. Why did Our Lady say it was necessary for them, and us, to accept sufferings, to pray and offer sacrifices?
Ages 14 - 18
1. Our Blessed Lady first appeared to the 3 children on May 13, 1917 at about noon. It was easy to speak to her and Lucia asked many questions about Heaven and if they would go there and finally about some friends who had died recently. Our Lady told Lucia that one of them, Amelia, a young woman of about 18 or 20 years would be in Purgatory until the end of time. What is Purgatory?
2. The central point of the May apparition occurs when Our Lady asks the children if they would be willing to accept any sufferings that God might choose to send them for reparation for sin and for the conversion of souls. God will never force us to accept His missions for us. He wants us to accept of our free and loving will. The Blessed Virgin knows this better than anyone as exemplified by what experience in her life?
3. By the time Our Lady appeared for the second time on June 13th the children's sufferings had already begun. They suffered because of the unbelief in their families, especially Lucia whose mother became irate at her "lying" about the visit of the beautiful lady from heaven. Likewise the people of their village shunned them due to their unbelief. They had also advanced along the road of "heroic virtue". What is "heroic virtue"?
4. What was the one thing Our Lady asked us to do at each of the six apparitions at Fatima and what did she say would be the fruit of this action?
5. At the time of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, like many of the countries in Europe had become a secularist state run mainly by the Freemasons who were fierce haters of the Church and the priesthood. On the morning of August 13th as the children were making their way to the Cova to see Our Lady they were taken by the administrator of the district. Convinced that the entire affair was a hoax perpetrated by the clergy for monetary gain, the administrator wanted the children to confess that they lied about the apparitions and to divulge the "secret" given to them on July 13th. He threatened them first with imprisonment and finally with death by boiling them in oil. The children responded that they were not lying, and could not tell the "secret", and if he chose to kill them they would go straight to Heaven so it didn't matter. Would you call this response on the part of the children a demonstration of "heroic virtue"? Why or why not?
6. Word of the events at Fatima had spread throughout Portugal and beyond its borders. On September 13th approximately 25,000 people crowded the tiny village and the Cova d'Iria making it nearly impossible for the children to make their way to see Our Lady. Lucia wrote in her memoirs:
"The roads were packed with people, and everyone wanted to see us and speak to us…Some climbed up to the tops of trees and walls to see us go by and shouted down to us...We managed to move forward, thanks to some gentlemen who went ahead and opened a passage for us through the multitude."
This experience had a powerful effect on her. To what biblical event did she compare it?
AGES 4 - 8
1. In 1917, exactly 100 years ago the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to 3 little children in the fields outside their little village. What is the name of their little village?
2. The oldest child was 10 years old and her two cousins were 9 and 7 years old. What are their names?
3. These 3 little children had a very important job to do that they were given by their families. What was that important job?
4. The Blessed Virgin Mary visited with the children 6 times during the year of 1917. What was the date of her first visit?
5. The children had many questions to ask the Blessed Virgin. What would you ask her if she came to visit you?
6. Each time the Blessed Mother visited with the children she asked them to do something very important for peace in the world. What did she ask them to do?
AGES 9 - 13
1. In 1916, the year prior to the apparitions by the Blessed Mother the children received 3 visits from an angel of God. Who did he say he was?
2. The angel was sent by God to prepare the children for the tasks the Blessed Mother would give each of them to do. What were the three things he taught Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta that were important for them to do?
3. Why did he say these things were important?
4. The Angel was speaking to the shepherd children of Fatima, but his words are true for us as well. What did the Angel of Peace tell the children would be the end result of their (and our) obedience to these 3 requests?
5. What are "sacrifices"?
6. What does it mean to "suffer with patience"?
AGES 14 - 18
1. One year prior to the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children they were visited 3 times by the Angel of Peace, the Guardian Angel of Portugal sent by God the Father to prepare the children for the tasks Our Lady would assign to each of them. During the first visitation he taught them this prayer known as the Pardon Prayer:
My God I believe I adore I hope and I love you and I beg forgiveness for all those who do not believe do not adore do not hope and do not love you.
This prayer calls to mind the adoration due to God and the three Theological Virtues. What are the three theological virtues?
2. When the Angel came a second time the children were playing. When he arrived he reprimanded them saying, "What are you doing? Pray. Pray much!" He continued:
"Offer God a sacrifice of anything you can as an act of reparation for the sins with which He is offended and as a supplication for the conversion of sinners. Draw peace upon your country by doing this. Above all, accept and endure with submission whatever suffering the Lord sends you."
What is a sacrifice?
3. How does suffering differ from sacrifice?
4. In the fall of 1916 the Angel came for the final time. When he appeared to the children he held in his hand a chalice. Above the chalice, suspended in mid air was a host bleeding drops of blood into the chalice. He left the chalice and host suspended and prostrated himself before them. He prayed this prayer:
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly and offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the earth, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences with which He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg Thee for the conversion of poor sinners.
Sacrileges refer to a lack of reverence for the Eucharistic presence of Our Lord. Failure to confess a mortal sin and failure to observe the fast before receiving Communion are some examples. "Indifferences" reveal a lukewarm heart. What are 3 examples of "indifferences"?
5. The Angel taught the children to make "reparation" to God. What is meant by "reparation?
6. What was the greatest act of reparation ever made?