Our Lady of Fatima Church was originally located on the corner of Broad and Meeting Street in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Known as the first congregation in all of the United States to have Our Lady with the title Fatima as its Patroness, this church brought together the Portuguese that had traveled from all over the world and settled in northern Rhode Island. However, on the morning of December 31, 1962, a fire swept through the church leaving the community with just a pile of rubble and a major setback. Yet, through all the sadness and uncertainty, it was decided by the Pastor, Reverend, and Bishop on a midsummer's day in 1964 that Our Lady of Fatima Church was going to be rebuilt. June 24, 1965 marked the church's rebirth with the official ground breaking ceremony, and it wasn't before long that Reverend Jose P. Barbosa was holding mass in the new (and current) parrish.
Our Lady of Fatima took its name in honor of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, who came to ask for conversion of sinners, reparation of sins, and total obedience and devotion to God. As She came as the Lady of the Rosary, you may at any given time come through our doors and find one or more parishioners on their knees praying the rosary before the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.