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Father Shawn Landenwitch leads a Eucharistic procession from St. Mary of the Woods Church in Russells Point to the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at Indian Lake. The four servers are Calib Altstaetter and brothers Owen, Issac and Christian Klinker. CT PHOTO: JEFF UNROE

A Eucharistic procession from Our Lady of the Woods Parish to the shrine to Our Lady of Fatima at Indian Lake culminated months of centennial events at the one-time Catholic amusement park. The statue of Our Lady, once surrounded by dancing waters-style fountains, is no longer the largest statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the world, but remains one of the largest and is home to an annual outdoor Mass and other events dedicated to Our Lady.

Audrey Dillon her children are a mong the crowd processing to the shrine while reciting the Rosary. CT PHOTO/JEFF UNROE
Parishioners pray the rosary as the process. CT PHOTO/JEFF UNROE
Russel’s Point police officer and St. Mary of the Woods Deacon Jeffrey Hall greets a server after stopping his police cruiser to check on the procession as it crossed a busy road. CT PHOTO/JEFF UNROE
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Indian Lake was once the largest statue of her in the world. Erected when the area was a Catholic family amusement park, the statue is still the site of Marain devotion throughout the year. CT PHOTO/JEFF UNROE
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