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  1. The Bell Tower. This Bell Tower, 48 feet tall, was built during the 25th Anniversary Year, 1981, and is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Charles M. Barlassina, C.R.S.P.  
  2. The Fatima Hill. This statuary group of Our Lady of Fatima and the three children is the original Fatima group, which has attracted thousands of pilgrims since the very beginning.  The Rosary beads surrounding the Fatima group are authentic cannon balls - a symbol of surrender to the Queen of Peace. 
  3. Site of a planned "Holy Spirit Fountain".  The living waters of the Spirit remind us of our commitment to the Lord through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.  Through water and the Spirit our God challenges us to make the Fatima message of peace a reality in our world. (Donations are being received toward the construction of the new fountain.)
  4. The Stations of the Cross.  Sand blasted glass panels depicting Jesus' passion and death are located along the sidewalks through the middle of the lawns on either side of the Avenue of Saints.  The Stations were created by a Barnabite priest and a Barnabite seminarian. 
  5. Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Czestochowa is that tiny village in Poland which grew to be the spiritual center of the nation and the spiritual joy of the Polish people - all because of the intervention of the Mother of God.  This statue has been donated to the Shrine by Our Lady of the Rosary Guild of Buffalo, N.Y.
  6. Shrine of St. Jude. St. Jude Thaddaeus is the patron Saint of impossible causes.  Intention slips are available for your special requests, alongside the statue. 
  7. Shrine of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria. In 1530, St. Anthony M. Zaccaria founded the Order of the Clerics Regular of St. Paul, known as the Barnabite Fathers, who minister at this Shrine in honor of Our Lady, as well as in many other locations around the world.  St. Anthony, during the Reformation, promoted the devotion to the Holy Eucharist.  He also founded the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul.  We invite you to pause here and pray for an increase of vocations to the Religious Life.
  8. Shrine of the Sacred Heart. In our devotion to Jesus, our Redeemer, we focus our attention on the physical heart of Jesus as the symbol of his infinite merciful love for us. 
  9. Little Chapel of Fatima. This is a replica of the first chapel built at Fatima, Portugal, on the site where Our Lady appeared to the three little shepherds.  Our Lady of Fatima asked for prayer and penance "for the conversion of sinners,, and to repair the offenses offered to the Immaculate Heart of Mary".  Our Lady also requested that we "Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world".
  10. Angel of Fatima. This statuary group represents the appearance of the  Angel to the three shepherd children, prior to the apparition of Our Lady.   The Angel is holding the Eucharist.
  11. Waterfall.  "Like a deer longs for running water, so does my soul long for you, 0 my God".  Psalm 41.
  12. Our Lady of Peace. A very popular image of our times, to remind us that the many apparitions of Our Lady, were to call us to the message of the Gospel.
  13. Lorenzo Ruiz (1600-1637). The first Filipino saint, martyred in Japan.
  14. Shrine of St. Anne. St. Anne, and St. Joachim (facing St. Anne), the grandparents of Jesus, deserve a special comer In this Shrine, dedicated to the Blessed Mother.  Pause now and pray for your own grandparents, both living and deceased.
  15. The Avenues of Saints. Over one hundred life-size marble statues represent saints from every race and walk of life.  They remind the visitors of men and women prominent in Christian life, who excelled in their love for God and neighbor. 
  16. Shrine of Mother Cabrini. Mother Frances Cabrini was born In 1850 in Italy.  She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to aid Italian immigrants in the New World.  She taught at St. Anthony's Church in Buffalo, N.Y. St. Frances Cabrini is the first American citizen to be canonized.
  17. Shrine to the Holy Family. The Holy Family of Nazareth Is a beautiful example and model for our families.  Through the Sacrament of Marriage God's grace is granted to husbands and wives so that they, like Mary and Joseph, will provide an atmosphere conducive to their children responding to the will of God.  We invite you to pray here for all the families of the world.
  18. Giant Rosary. In front of the Basilica, a giant Rosary, believed to be one of the largest outdoor rosaries in the world, consists of 59 lights ending with a beautiful marble Corpus of the Lord Jesus nailed to a cross.  The Rosary Pool is shaped In the form of a heart to symbolize Mary's Immaculate Heart and her concern for our salvation.  A Plenary Indulgence may be gained by those who recite- the rosary here at the Shrine.
  19. Statues of the Apostles. Around the giant Rosary are life size statues of the Apostles.  We call your attention to the special place occupied by St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles and the Patron of the Barnabite Fathers.
  20. Topiary. Sculptures realized in ivy, represent Holy Family's journey to Bethlehem.
  21. The Basilica The construction of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima Basilica was started in 1963.  This unique church measures 100 feet In diameter and is 55 feet high.  The Dome is covered with two layers of glass and plexiglass depicting a contour of the Northern Hemisphere, upon which rests a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima: Our Lady Is very much in the midst of the world helping humanity to reach the Lord. 
    This Church was dedicated in 1965 and consecrated on October 5, 1974.  On October 7, 1975, his Holiness Pope Paul VI, conferred the title of Basilica upon this church.  A Basilica is a church associated with the Holy See.  One of the privileges accorded to a Basilica is the Plenary Indulgence to all those who gather here for prayer, according to the intentions of the Holy Father.
    1. The main altar.  The focal point in the Basilica is the impressive Altar made of Italian Carrara marble.  The Altar, symbol of Jesus Christ, is the center of liturgical life.  God's Word is proclaimed from the white marble pulpit to the right of the Altar.
      The mystery of the resurrection of Christ is represented by the bronze Crucifix, symbolizing that Jesus' death has meaning because of His Resurrection.
    2. The rosary panels.  Circling the Altar are 14 panels in copper bas-relief, representing the mysteries of the Rosary.
    3. The Peace Mural.  A 24 by 7 foot mural is now located located in the relic gallery.
    4. The Stations of the Cross.  Cast in bronze, they were designed exclusively for this basilica by R. Russo.  They are flanked by woodcarvings representing symbols of the Passion of Our Lord, and other symbols of the Church's liturgical year.  These were carved by Mr. Leonard Bryniarski.
  22. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel.  On the left side of the Dome, as you face the Altar, is the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.  The marble Altar is from Carrara, Italy.  The original bronze Tabernacle is decorated with grapes and wheat motifs, symbols of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ preserved within.  A lighted sanctuary lamp to the left of the Altar signifies the presence of Jesus in the Tabernacle. Nine wooden sculptured panels, executed by Mr. Robert H. Cunningham of Lewiston, N.Y., encircle the Altar area and represent Eucharistic symbols.  For several hours each day, members of the Fatima Prayer Guild pray before the Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed.  Silence is requested in this holy place.
    1. Stained Glass Window.  "Angel's Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament".
  23. The Immaculate Heart Chapel.  On the right side of the Dome is the Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The beautiful statuary group of Our Lady of Fatima and the dm children is made of Brazilian cedar wood and was hand-carved In Fatima, Portugal.  Donated in 1964, it was blessed at the site of the original apparitions by the Most Rev. Joao Pereira Venancio, former Bishop. of Fatima, who presided at the blessing of this Chapel
    1. Stained Glass Window.  "Miracle of the Sun."
  24. Top of the Dome.  Two flights of stairs, consisting of 63 steps each, lead to the top of the Dome, from where one enjoys a beautiful view of the Shrine grounds and surrounding hills. 
    The large statue of Our Lady of Fatima is 13 feet high and weighs 10 tons.  It was sculptured In Vermont granite.  The grayish color of the stone disappears at night under the spotlights, and the statue seems to beam as a star for all people.  Four coats of arms decorate the pedestal of the statue.  They represent the coat of arms of Pope Paul VI, who bestowed upon the Shrine the title of Basilica; the coat of arms of the Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, NY; and the coat of arms of the Barnabite Fathers and Angelic Sisters.
  25. Ave Maria Chapel.  Was destroyed by fire.
  26. Our Lady of the World.- Mary's image of holding the world in her hands signifies her love and concern for the world she embraces in her heart.
  27. The First Chapel.  Located on the left in the Fatima Store building, we find the original Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, beautiful and inspiring in its simplicity.  In this Chapel, many newlywed couples consecrate their new state of life to Mary.  Their names are recorded in a register in the Chapel.  There is also a register for children consecrated to Mary by their parents.  A treasure chest from the Middle Ages with, sculptured biblical scenes serves as an altar for the original statue Of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine.
  28. Fatima Hall.  Pilgrims gather In this hall to view audio-visual presentations.  The hall is also used for days of recollection and for spiritual conferences.
  29. Our Lady of Constantinople.  An ancient devotion to Our Lady, as the Mother of Jesus.
  30. Barnabite Father's Seminary.  This Seminary Is the Mother House of the Barnabite Fathers in North America.  The Fathers, whose official name is Clerics Regular of St. Paul, (CRSP), are a religious Order of Priests and Brothers founded in Milan, Italy, in 1530.  They are committed to teaching, missions, and parishes in Europe, Africa, Par East, North and South America.  Closed to the public.
  31. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968). Padre Pio was born in Southern Italy.  He became a Capuchin friar, spending most of his life in a remote mountain friary.  He received the gift of stigmata, bearing the wounds of Christ and  many other charismatic gifts including reading the hearts of the penitents.  He obtained many temporal and spiritual favors for the needy.  His cause for canonization continues.
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