First Saturday Devotions

Saint William in Atascadero.

ATASCADERO – Beginning on Saturday, 1 October 2022, the parish of Saint William, 6410 Santa Lucia Road, will celebrate the First Saturday devotions requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary in a 1925 apparition to the Servant of God Lúcia de Jesus Rosa dos Santos, OCD (1907-2005), one of the three seers of the 1917 Fátima apparitions.

We still haven’t seen the final fulfillment of the promise of Our Lady in Fatima that , “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

According to Sr. Lucia, St John Paul II consecrated Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart on March 25, 1984. The USSR fell shortly afterwards. And yet there’s still not peace in the world. Why? Ask yourself: Have most of us been faithful to her requests, especially the First Saturdays of Reparation? What are the Five First Saturdays? First Saturdays in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary include the following elements, performed with the intention of reparation for blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart, for at least five consecutive months:

  • Confession (shortly before or after the First Saturday—so long as the person receives Holy Communion in a state of grace);
  • Holy Communion received on the First Saturday of each month;
  • the Holy Rosary, five decades recited sometime during the day; and
  • meditating for 15 minutes on the Mysteries of the Rosary (one or more).

The First Saturday Devotion, also known as the Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will begin with Confessions at 9am, followed by Mass at 10am, and the recitation of the Rosary and meditation beginning around 10:45am.

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