I have long said that very little good happens in New Jersey. I take it back -just for today though.
A new stained-glass window in the foyer at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church is set to be blessed and dedicated today by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
The window depicts Our Lady of Fatima extending her hand, which has light rays coming from it, onto the late Pope John Paul II, protecting him from an assasin’s bullet.
“Mary appeared as an apparition to three children in Fatima, Portugal, beginning on May 13, 1917,” Rev. Robert G. Lynam said. “Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square in Rome on May 13, 1981. He himself stated that it was a motherly hand that guided the path of the bullet. He believed that Our Lady of Fatima protected him that day.”
One year later, Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to Fatima and placed the bullet in the crown of the shrine at the site where Mary appeared to the shepherd children.
The blessing and dedication of the new window will take place during a 5 p.m. Vigil Mass of the Feast of the Pentecost at the Henderson Road church.