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About Our Parish

Humble Begginings

When Our Lady of Fatima Parish was founded as the first Catholic church in Wilton, Bishop Henry J. O'Brien of Hartford remarked, "This is the first time parishioners have come to the Bishop seeking to establish a parish. Usually it is the other way around."  Dedicated just months after the establishment of the new Diocese of Bridgeport, Our Lady of Fatima is home to nearly 2,000 families and a beautiful Diocesan School.  Parishioners are known for their generosity and outreach, supporting the "Pastor's Fund for the Needy" and, more recently, a September 11 fund for the families of five parishioners killed in the World Trade Center attack.

We will never forget! We wil go on! We will be strong! God is with us!

Our parish is growing and ever evolving to meet the needs of our families, town, diocese and state.  We invite you to visit and join us.  Everyone is welcome. 




Our Lady of Fatima

Between May and October, 1917, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children in the fields outside the village of Aljustrel, very close to Fatima, Portugal. She would come and speak to them on the 13th of every month.

She exhorted the children to do penance and sacrifices to save sinners. They wore tight cords around their waists to cause pain, abstained from drinking water on hot days, and other works of penance. Most important, she asked them to say the Rosary every day. She reiterated many times that the Rosary was the key to personal and world peace. Many young Portuguese men, including relatives of the visionaries, were then fighting in World War I.

On her last visit, a crowd of 70,000 people, including reporters from skeptical, anti-religious newspapers, gathered in a torrential rainstorm to witness the great Solar Miracle of Fatima. Many people in the crowd said that the sun changed colors, began dancing around in the sky and went completely dark for several minutes before seeming to plunge toward the earth, then returning to its proper place. Reporter Avelino de Almeida, who had snarked at Fatima in previous articles, saw and reported it, while his photographer saw nothing but shot pictures of the crowd looking up.

There is no independent verification of the solar phenomenon, and no movement or other phenomenon of the sun was registered by scientists at the time. It was reportedly witnessed from up to 25 miles away, but these people did not know what to make of it and apparently most did not consider it miraculous. Not everyone in the crowd saw the "sun dance", including the children, who reported seeing Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph blessing the people.

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