First Saturday (and First Friday)

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  1. lynnfiat

    lynnfiat Fiat Voluntas Tua

    Five First Saturdays
    In Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    By Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC


    What are the Five First Saturdays?
    Our Lady explained those Five First Saturdays to Sr. Lucia dos Santos, one of the Fatima visionaries, on Dec. 10, 1925, in the following way:


    See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me. Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the … mysteries of the Rosary.

    Why five First Saturdays in particular? Jesus explained this to Sr. Lucia on May 29-30, 1930, saying:

    Daughter, the motive is simple: There are five kinds of offenses and blasphemies spoken against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    First: blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception

    Second: against her Virginity

    Third: against the Divine Maternity, refusing, at the same time, to receive her as the Mother of mankind

    Fourth: those who seek publicly to implant, in the hearts of children, indifference, disrespect, and even hate for this Immaculate Mother

    Fifth: those who revile her directly in her sacred images

    Here, dear daughter, is the motive that led the Immaculate Heart of Mary to petition Me to ask for this small act of reparation. And, out of regard for her, to move My mercy to pardon those souls who have had the misfortune to offend her. As for you, seek endlessly, with your prayers and sacrifices, to move Me to mercy in regard to these poor souls.


    Do they still matter?
    Now, a lot of people have forgotten about the Five First Saturdays devotion, but it’s still relevant today - wars are still going on! We still haven’t seen the fulfillment of Our Lady’s promise that “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, 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?
     
  2. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

  3. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    I will start a new thread on this but this is a special time as well being All Souls day tomorrow. We can take part in First Friday and also pray for the souls of those in Purgatory either at Church or by visiting a nearby cemetery and praying there.

    https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=1178

    Catholic Activity: Praying for the Dead and Gaining Indulgences During
    November


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    It is during November that the Church meditates on the Communion of Saints, which is the charitable link with the faithful who have already reached heaven (Church Triumphant), the faithful departed who are still expiating their sins in Purgatory (Church Suffering) and of the pilgrim faithful here on earth (Church Militant). "In this wonderful exchange, the holiness of one profits others, well beyond the harm that the sin of one could cause others. Thus recourse to the communion of saints lets the contrite sinner be more promptly and efficaciously purified of the punishments for sin." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1475).

    On November 1st the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation, honoring all those faithful in heaven. Throughout November the Church also remembers our Faithful Departed. The need and duty of prayer for the departed souls has been acknowledged by the Church at all times. It is recommended in the Scriptures of the Old Testament: "It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins."(2 Macch. 12, 46). This duty has found expression not only in public and private prayers but especially in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of souls.

    Throughout November the Church prays for all who are in the purifying fires of Purgatory, waiting for the day when they will join the company of the saints in heaven. The celebration of Mass is the highest means the Church can provide for charity for the dead, but we can also relieve their sufferings through our prayers, sufferings and penances. We can also help the Poor Souls by doing acts and prayers that have indulgences attached to them. There are many indulgences, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, that can be obtained during the month of November.

    An indulgence is "the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned." To obtain this remission there are proper dispositions and certain conditions predetermined by the Church that must be met by the faithful. The remission is acquired through the intervention of the Church, who has the power to loose and bind granted through Jesus Christ. "As minister of the Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies the treasury of the satisfaction won by Christ and the Saints" (Enchiridion of Indulgences).

    To understand this practice of indulgences, the Catechism explains:

    t is necessary to understand that sin has a double consequence. Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the "eternal punishment" of sin. On the other hand every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory. This purification frees one from what is called the "temporal punishment" of sin. These two punishments must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain.

    The forgiveness of sin and restoration of communion with God entail the remission of the eternal punishment of sin, but temporal punishment of sin remains. While patiently bearing sufferings and trials of all kinds and, when the day comes, serenely facing death, the Christian must strive to accept this temporal punishment of sin as a grace. He should strive by works of mercy and charity, as well as by prayer and the various practices of penance, to put off completely the "old man" and to put on the "new man." (1472, 1473)

    An indulgence can either be partial or plenary. It is partial if it removes only part of the temporal punishment due to sin, or plenary if it removes all punishment.

    To be able to gain an indulgence, one must have the intention to gain them, and perform the works at the time and in the manner prescribed.

    The traditional conditions to attain a Plenary Indulgence:

    A Plenary Indulgence can be gained only one per day. The faithful must be in the state of grace and these three conditions must accompany the prescribed act:



      • the faithful must receive the sacrament of confession, either eight days before or after the pious act is performed,
      • receive Holy Communion on that day
      • and recite prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and one Hail Mary is the minimum, but any other additional prayers may be added).
    All attachment to sin, even venial sin, must be absent. If one's disposition is less than perfect or if some of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence becomes partial.

    In the Year 2000 Jubilee Year the Apostolic Penitentiary relaxed the conditions for confession and communion:

    In order to obtain a plenary indulgence (only one per day), the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:

    have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin; — have sacramentally confessed their sins; — receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required); pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

    5. It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope's intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope's intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an "Our Father" and a "Hail Mary" are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father's intentions are required for each plenary indulgence.

    Although this was given for the Jubilee Year, these "remain in effect, since it was contained under the "General remarks on indulgences," and not under those specific to the Jubilee Indulgence." See Indulgences – General Conditions for further explanation.

    Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.

    A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.


    A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This can be prayed all year, but especially during the month of November:

    Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis). Requiescat (-ant) in pace Amen.

    Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Many families add to the "Prayer Before Meals" the second half of the "Eternal Rest" prayer:

    Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, Which we are about to receive, from Thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord, Amen. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Other families recite the "Eternal Rest" prayer in between decades of the rosary.

    We should pray for the departed all through the year, not just November. After these souls in Purgatory are in heaven, they will intercede for us. Developing prayerful habits, such as praying the "Eternal Rest" prayer when passing cemeteries, will remind us of our eternal destiny and increase charity towards others.

    For more information on the Church's teachings on indulgences, read the Enchiridion of Indulgences given by the 1968 Decree of the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary.

    Also see The Catechism of the Catholic Church section on Indulgences, Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 4, Subsection 10, 1471-1479..

    Activity Source: Original Text (JGM) by Jennifer Gregory Miller, © Copyright 2003-2018 by Jennifer Gregory Miller
     
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  4. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    First Saturday this weekend.
    First Friday is next week.
     
  5. lynnfiat

    lynnfiat Fiat Voluntas Tua

    Our Blessed Mother told Elizabeth Kindelman, "My daughter, even it I were to perform great miracles, people would not believe in me. I asked for First Saturdays, and who paid any attention to my request?" (The Flame of Love)

    And yet, so many churches do not even have a Saturday Mass - no less a First Saturday. When was the last time you heard a homily about First Saturday? My guess is never!
    Let us do all we can to honor Our Lady's request - even if it be that we make a Spiritual Communion offering our desire to attend Mass in order to make our First Saturdays.

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Mary, Our Mother and Queen, pray for us.
     
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  6. DivineMercy

    DivineMercy Archangels

    I love how you always remind everyone to make the First Fridays and Saturdays. Thank you. In the past this was always so difficult for me because of difficulty getting to confession (parishes had limited time set aside for this sacrament) and Mass times for Fridays and Saturdays. I thank Jesus so much now that I have ZERO excuse to NOT make the First Fridays and Saturdays now that I am in the best parish I could have hoped for - an FSSP parish that offers confession several times a day every day, and Mass 3 times every Friday and 2 times every Saturday. In addition, the First Fridays and Saturdays are promoted and preached on every month, something I had never heard during a Mass homily prior to this parish. :love:
     
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  7. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Off topic, but how is your son doing?
    Been praying.
     
  8. DivineMercy

    DivineMercy Archangels

    Thank you HH. He's doing much better. Still on antibiotics, but he's finally getting his appetite back. The hearing is slowly improving as well. I appreciate your and everyone else's prayers! :love:
     
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  9. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Scary episode
    Glad he is so much better
    Will keep praying
     
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  10. RoryRory

    RoryRory Perseverance

    We are blessed to have first Sat in our parish and all night Adoration on First zFri. But getting harder to get Adorers.
     
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  11. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    Don't forget First Friday is this week and coming up real soon.
     
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  12. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    First Friday tomorrow and First Saturday the day after.
     
  13. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    Just a reminder that First Friday and Saturday are coming this week. We have the added grace this weekend of Candlemas also on Saturday so make sure to take your candles for a blessing!

    Sunday is the Feast of Saint Blaise as well. Get blessed!
     
  14. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    Bump.
     
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  15. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    Buuuuump.
     
  16. lynnfiat

    lynnfiat Fiat Voluntas Tua

    Today is First Friday - Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

    Five First Saturdays
    In Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    By Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC


    Are you sick of turning on the news and seeing nothing but violence and mayhem? Well, there’s something we can do to bring about peace.

    ‘War is your fault’
    My fellow Marian Fr. Seraphim Michalenko sometimes tells a story that a priest ministering in Japan shared with him in Rome. This priest was at an international gathering of Christians from across the world, attended by foreign dignitaries. The ambassador from Japan approached the priest, verified that the priest served in Japan and was a Catholic priest, and then said, “War is your fault.”

    The priest was surprised and asked what the ambassador meant. The ambassador said, “You Catholics, all of you — we do not have peace in the world. It is your fault.”

    The priest said, “Ambassador, why do you blame us?”

    The ambassador said, “I’ve read about this. The Lady came to you at Fatima, right? That’s what you believe? She told you what to do to secure peace in the world. Well, there’s no peace in the world, so obviously you Catholics haven’t done it.”

    The priest had to acknowledge that the ambassador was correct, but still tried to protest, saying, “Isn’t peace everyone’s responsibility?”

    The ambassador was vehement. “No, she came to you Catholics. Not to Buddhists. Not to Hindus. She came to you, and it is your responsibility.”

    That ambassador had more faith than a lot of Catholics! But he’s right - Our Lady came and asked for specific things at Fatima. If we listened to her and did what she asked, there would be peace in the world. Among her requests:

    pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world;
    the consecration of Russia and each of us individually to Mary’s Immaculate Heart;
    do our daily duties out of love, dedicating everything to God;
    Make reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary by observing the “Five First Saturdays of Reparation.”

    What are the Five First Saturdays?
    Our Lady explained those Five First Saturdays to Sr. Lucia dos Santos, one of the Fatima visionaries, on Dec. 10, 1925, in the following way:

    See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me. Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the … mysteries of the Rosary.

    Why five First Saturdays in particular? Jesus explained this to Sr. Lucia on May 29-30, 1930, saying:

    Daughter, the motive is simple: There are five kinds of offenses and blasphemies spoken against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    First: blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception
    Second: against her Virginity
    Third: against the Divine Maternity, refusing, at the same time, to receive her as the Mother of mankind
    Fourth: those who seek publicly to implant, in the hearts of children, indifference, disrespect, and even hate for this Immaculate Mother
    Fifth: those who revile her directly in her sacred images

    Here, dear daughter, is the motive that led the Immaculate Heart of Mary to petition Me to ask for this small act of reparation. And, out of regard for her, to move My mercy to pardon those souls who have had the misfortune to offend her. As for you, seek endlessly, with your prayers and sacrifices, to move Me to mercy in regard to these poor souls.

    Do they still matter?
    Now, a lot of people have forgotten about the Five First Saturdays devotion, but it’s still relevant today - wars are still going on! We still haven’t seen the fulfillment of Our Lady’s promise that “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, 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?
     
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  17. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    First Friday and Saturday coming up in a few days.
     
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  18. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    Thank you for the reminder!!
     
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  19. lynnfiat

    lynnfiat Fiat Voluntas Tua

    "To make amends for these offenses which are being committed against the Immaculate Heart of your heavenly Mother, I am asking you to propagate again today the devotion of the five first Saturdays of the month. I had asked for this during the first part of this century of yours; I am returning today to ask for it as this century turns toward its most painful close.
    If you do what I ask of you
    , devotion to Me will spread more and more, and then I will be able to exercise the great power which the Most Holy Trinity has granted to Me. Thus I will be able to prepare for all humanity
    the new era of its complete renovation, in the glorious triumph of my Son Jesus." (Our Lady's message through Fr. Gobbi, #379, April 2, 1988)
     
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  20. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    First Friday today.
     
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