Urgent - yet very few have listened and responded.
In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children - Lucia Santos and Jacinta and Francisco Marto - in Cova da Iria, a field in Fatima, Portugal. She asked for the daily Rosary and penance for sinners and initiated the splendid miracle of the sun. But Our Lady later appeared to Sister Lucia asking for the 5 First Saturdays in reparation for the sins against her Immaculate Heart. She said to Sister Lucia, "Look, my daughter, at my heart surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me."
Reasons for Reparation
Sister Lucia discerned that there are 5 First Saturdays in particular in reparation for the five great blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
• Her Immaculate Conception
• Her Perpetual Virginity
• Her Divine Maternity
• For taking devotion to her from the hearts of the young
• Desecrating her shrine and images
We have begun First Saturday Devotions at Casa Maria as a community. We invite you to start First Saturday Devotions, and we are happy to share with you the materials we use on First Saturdays. These include prayers and Marian hymns that you may want to use as you undertake the Five First Saturdays.
In order to fulfill the requirement that Our Lady asked for those making the Five First Saturdays one must, with the intention of making reparation for the five great blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
• Go to Confession within 8 days before or after the first Saturdays.
• Receive Communion in the state of Grace
• Pray a Rosary
• Meditate on any of the mysteries of the Rosary for 15 minutes.
First Saturdays Program
You, too, can begin promoting the First Saturday devotions. We have available a First Saturdays program that you can use for your parish. Click here to download the program guide.
If you would like any Marian hymns to accompany your First Saturdays, the lyrics and sheet music are available for download below.
We have available a First Saturdays card that contains a summary of the reasons for this devotion as well as the steps to complete the First Saturdays. We are happy to send you our First Saturday cards if you email us.