First Saturdays is a Fatima request!
The Most Blessed Virgin said to Lucy: “Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at very moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the rosary, and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries of the rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”
The Holy Father, Francis, prayer to the Our Lady of the Rosary:
Hail Holy Queen, Blessed Virgin of Fatima,
Our refuge and our companion on the way to God!
We give thanks to God the Father,
who is at work in every time and place in human history.
As pilgrims of the peace that you proclaimed at Fatima,
we give praise to Christ, our peace.
We implore you for world peace among all peoples.
With your virginal smile, enliven the joy of Christ’s Church.
With your gaze of sweetness,
strengthen the hope of God’s children.
With your hands lifted in prayer to the Lord,
draw all people together into one human family.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary,
Queen of the Rosary of Fatima:
Help us to follow the example of St. Francisco and St. Jacinta
and of all who devote themselves to proclaiming the gospel.
Thus we will tear down walls and cross every frontier,
as we go out to every periphery,
to make known God’s justice and peace.
/Adapted from The Word Among Us, October 2017/
You are invitated for the next First Saturday on February 2, 2019 at 1:15 PM, in our Chapel.