Every First Saturday of the month:
Rosary in the Chapel at 8:15 a.m. before the 9:00 a.m. Mass
Rosary in the main Church right after the 9:00 a.m. Mass
Please join us for this great devotion to fulfill our Lady’s request at Fatima.
How did the First Saturday Devotion begin?
Saturday has traditionally been a day to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary for many centuries, but it wasn’t until December 10, 1925, that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Lucia at a convent in Pontevedra, Spain and requested this devotion. Why five consecutive months?
The five months correspond to five different blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
1) against her Immaculate Conception
2) against her perpetual virginity
3) against her place as the Mother God and mother of all humanity
4) those who openly seek to foster in the hearts of children indifference, or even hatred, for this Immaculate Mother
5) those who directly insult her holy images
The purpose of this devotion is to lead a soul closer to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The closer we get to Mary, the closer we are to Jesus, her Son. By practicing these extra devotions, we allow Mary to form our hearts and prepare us for a lifelong relationship with Christ.
Mary wants to lead us to heaven. She is the “Star of the Sea,” who points the way and beckons us to draw closer. May we practice the First Saturday devotions in a spirit of faith to honor the Mother of God and repair the damage done to her Immaculate Heart.