Faith

Our Lady of Fatima took its name in honor of the

apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal,

who came to ask for conversion of sinners, reparation

of sins, and total obedience and devotion to God.

As She came as the Lady of the Rosary, you may at any

given time come through our doors and find one or more

parishioners on their knees praying the rosary before

the Sacred Heart of Jesus and

the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

History

Our Lady of Fatima Church was originally located

on the corner of Broad and Meeting Street in

Cumberland, Rhode Island. Known as the first

congregation in all of the United States to have

Our Lady with the title Fatima as its Patroness,

this church brought together the Portuguese that

had traveled from all over the world and settled in

northern Rhode Island. However, on the morning

of December 31, 1962, a fire swept through the

church leaving the community with just a pile of

rubble and a major setback.

Yet, through all the sadness and uncertainty,

it was decided by the Pastor, Reverend, and

Bishop on a midsummer’s day in 1964 that

Our Lady of Fatima Church was going to be

rebuilt. June 24, 1965 marked the church’s

rebirth with the official ground breaking

ceremony, and it wasn’t before long that

Reverend Jose P. Barbosa

was holding mass in the new (and current) parish.

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