Public Display of Faith in Wilton

by Frank DeRosa

The carrying of the Blessed Sacrament in procession for nearly a mile through the heart of the Town of Wilton, along with the display of an inspiring exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles in the parish center, marked Our Lady of Fatima Church’s engagement with the opening of the Catholic Bishops’ National Eucharistic Revival on Pentecost Sunday (May 19).

Some 160 of the faithful, ranging from First Communicants to nonagenarians, followed as Father Reginald Norman, the pastor, and then Father Jim DiVasto, the parochial vicar, displayed the monstrance bearing the Eucharist as they walked from the church on Danbury Road to the Town Green. There, they joined in Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and recited the traditional 18th-century prayers, the Divine Praises.

The gold monstrance, a gift to the parish from donors to the We Stand With Christ diocesan capital campaign of 2019, gleamed as motorists on the busy Route 7 state corridor, showed support by slowing down to watch the procession or honked horns as they sped by.

Father Norman, known familiarly as Father Reggie, in a brief homily delivered standing in a landmark gazebo, reminded the assemblage that prayerful acts such as reciting the Rosary and Eucharistic adoration were essential means by which to enrich their spiritual lives.

On their return to the church grounds, where members of the Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes treated them to refreshments, parishioners availed themselves of the opportunity to view, in the Parish Center, more than 100 large panels depicting Eucharistic Miracles—among them, appropriately, Our Lady of Fatima.

The collection was conceived and designed online by Carlo Acutis, the 15-year-old Servant of God, who died Oct. 12, 2006. He is called the patron of youth, of computer programmers and of the Eucharist.

Said Father Reggie of the story told by the exhibit, “How can anyone deny the power of the Eucharist?”