By Megan Marley
It’s wasn’t something you’d normally see at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Kansas City.
Our Lady of Fatima rode in the parade on March 17 thanks to the collaborative work of St. James’ parish in Liberty’s Legion of Mary, and St. Ann’s parish in Plattsburg. The statue normally resides in St. Ann’s, but made the special outing in honor of the 100-year anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima.
“People in the crowds were very surprised; you could see them doing the sign of the cross and putting their hands together; there were also children and families who wanted to take pictures in front,” said Lisa Amayo, president of the Legion of Mary chapter at St. James in Liberty, MO.
But not everyone was thrilled about the Blessed Mother’s presence at the mostly secular parade.
“There were some shouting ‘Get her out!’, ‘Why is she here?’ and other rude things,” Amayo said. “We just said ‘God bless you,’ as we were walking and praying with her.”
It was a unique opportunity for Amayo, Rachelle Arementa, Joe Ortiz, Sr. and several others to pool their time, talent and resources to share witness.
“When the Blessed Mother wants something to happen…I don’t know how we got it accomplished without the Blessed Mother,” Amayo said.