This years our seniors pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima in Paraparaumu by bus took place on Tuesday 13th February in remembrance of all those families deported from Poland. We remember 10 February every year as the first large scale deportation by the Soviets in 1940 and 1941 now 78 years ago. Every year the former Pahiatua children and families make this pilgrimage to Paraparaumu and remember those who died in USSR and to show gratitude for their deliverance from the gulags and labour camps. Most of these elderly were only children and most had lost one or both parents during the 1 or 2 years in USSR.
After mass at Our Lady of Fatima in Waikanae, the group bused to the base of the hill where the statue resides and walked up a steep path often hanging onto the side rails. A lucky few were driven up to the statue. There sitting on a simple bench, the rosary was recited by all led by Father Tadeusz. A lovely warm day with the sun thankfully hiding behind clouds while we prayed and contemplated.
After photos at the statue the group descended back to the bus and had a pleasant lunch and quick look at the shops at Paraparaumu Mall. Another successful pilgrmage with our dwindling numbers.