In 1975, the Saint Louis Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima-St. louis was established with the permission and blessing of John Joseph Cardinal Carberry The Apostolate’s mission is to promote the Message of Fatima. The first spiritual director was Father Arthur Leibinger (Pastor of the now closed Holy Family church) and his successor became Father Albert Mattler who has faithfully conducted the liturgical functions for the Apostolate for the past 25 years.
Monthly meetings are held at the Headquarters of the Apostolate on the third Sunday of every month (except for Jan., May and Sept.). At these meetings, there are discussions and plans on how to spread the Message of Fatima.
The Apostolate monthly schedules two Vigils (Persecuted Christians Vigil and First Friday Devotions) at their Headquarters (6009 Heege in Affton, Mo).
A nine day Novena is sponsored May 5th through May 13th each year. (the anniversary of the 1st Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima). The novena begins each evening at 7 pm with recitation of the rosary followed by Mass at 7:30 pm by a different celebrant each evening. Novena is held at St. John Paul II church (formerly St. George) . The church is located on Heege Road at Gravois in Affton, MO 63123.
On October 13th (feast day of the last apparition at Fatima), the Annual Rosary Festival is held at the Shrine to Our Lady of the Rosary, 7762 Richardson Road, Bonne Terre, MO 63628.
Twice a year, the Apostolate sponsors a one-day-pilgrimage (bus trip) where historical churches in and around the St. Louis area are visited. To be notified by email of the next pilgrimage, please add you name to our mailing list“.
WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA-ST LOUIS OFFICERS:
- President – Mary Broome
- Vice-President. – Jesse Sarmiento
- Secretary – Ramona Milford
- Treasurer – Marlene Rankey
- Corresponding Secretary. – Theresa Forthmann
- Sargeant at Arms. – Dan Burke
- Father Albert Mattler – Spiritual Director