The Mercy Park Association of Galveston will observe a special Mass for the Our Lady of Fatima’s Centennial Anniversary at 12:10 p.m. Sunday at Galveston’s St. Mary Cathedral Basilica, 2011 Church St., with the Rev. Jude Ezuma celebrating.

A devotional rosary program will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1912 Winnie St., in Galveston.

“Our Lady appeared to three Portugal children six times asking them to pray the rosary,” organizer Joyce Ann Daniel said. “She came to bring us hope and to ask us to pray for world peace. That was 100 years ago.”

Daniel said that she believes the rosary to be the “best spiritual weapon for anything we may encounter.”

For details, call 409-762-8089.

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Trinity Lutheran Church will have its 29th annual Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at 2011 Palm in La Marque. The church also will have its annual Polka service 10 a.m. Oct. 8.

“We want to bring folks together after the terrible flood to eat, drink, have some fun, listen to the band and maybe do some shopping at the booths,” said the Rev. C.O. Magee, its pastor. “We want to use the money collected to go to sustaining the church and going to benevolent causes both locally and in our worldwide mission. We also will use some of it to sustain a mom with three kids who are staying in our parsonage who was wiped out by the flood. All folks are invited. As they would say in German: Kommen sie bitte.”

For details, email trinitylutheranlm@att.net or call 409-935-6004.

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Update: In October, we’ll be noting the 500th anniversary of the catalytic event of the Protestant Reformation: Luther’s posting of his 95 theses to the chapel door. We’ll be asking Lutheran clergy to weigh in on the man and his legacy, but you are welcome, too. Send your favorite insights, inspirations or stories of Martin Luther soon to the email address below.

Post-Harvey efforts: Is your faith-based organization offering or seeking help or donations post-Harvey? Let us help you communicate your concerns.

Current affairs: David Briggs, writing for the scholarly Association of Religious Data Archives, asks, “How would you feel if a loving God took a personal interest in you?”

The answer according to results the association has just produced:

“Pretty darn good, according to a growing body of research revealing the mental health benefits of having a close personal relationship with a caring divinity,” Briggs blogged. “In one of the latest national studies, the more participants reported feeling God’s love, presence and guidance, the more likely they were to agree they are a person of worth.”

More: A separate study cited by Briggs, reportedly showed that “prayer was associated with increases in self-esteem, optimism and increased life satisfaction for participants who reported a close, loving, supportive attachment to God.”

The study and complete story can be found by searching for “ARDA on the net.”

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