When I heard about First Saturday devotions, I thought I was mistaken. Wasn't it First Fridays? That sounded more familiar. Turns out it's both.
(Note: the First refers to the first Friday or Saturday of the month.)
FIRST SATURDAYSFirst Saturdays is an act for the reparation of offenses against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as requested by Jesus. The devotion was given to us at Fatima, and we've seen the consequences of Catholic ignorance of this practice. Fatima was all about the conversion of sinners, including the consecration of Russia to stop the spread of communism and persecutions against the Church. Just open the paper (or read online) and you can see that persecutions are on the rise, and our own government promotes the three most evil isms--communism, socialism and Marxism.
Catholics need to get serious about honoring First Saturdays.
There are four acts to complete the devotion. On the first Saturday of the month, we must:
1. Attend Confession
2. Receive Holy Communion
3. Recite five decades of the Rosary
4. Spend fifteen minutes meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary
All four acts must be done in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and though there is some leeway, it's supposed to be a sacrifice, so don't get lazy.
If you are unable to attend Reconciliation that Saturday, attend as soon as possible, preferably within eight days. Using Sunday obligation as your Saturday Mass doesn't really cut it. That's like saying, "I'm allergic to dairy, so I'll give up cheese for Lent." It's half-hearted. Look up your local Mass schedules, and you'll find that many parishes have a Saturday morning Mass.
In Santa Clarita, St. Clair of Assisi has a 9 AM Mass, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help has 8 AM Mass and 8:45 Confessions. They also say the Rosary.
(Note that neither Mary nor Jesus, in their revelations to Sister Lucia--one of the three children present at Fatima--said anything about five First Saturdays.)
After reading up on First Saturdays at Fatima Family, I believe it is a very important act, and that Catholics should
From the writings of St. Margaret Mary: