First Saturday Devotion


While Lucia -the last remaining visionary of Fatima- was a postulant in the Congregation of the Dorothean Sisters in Pontevedra, Spain, Our Lady visited her.  At the request of her spiritual director, Sister Lucia wrote in the third person, the following description of this apparition:

“On December 10, 1925, the most holy Virgin appeared to her, and by her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was [the Christ] child. The most holy Virgin rested her hand on [Sister Lucia’s] shoulder, and as she did so, she showed her heart encircled by thorns, which she was holding in her other hand.  At the same time, the [Christ] Child said: ‘Have compassion on the Heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.’ Then the most holy Virgin said: ‘Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful man pierce me at every moment with 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 [their sins], receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.‘”

When Our Lady’s request wasn’t being spread through the whole world, the Christ Child visited Sister Lucia in February 15, 1926.  Here are our Lord’s words to Sister Lucia:

“It is true, my daughter, that many souls begin the First Saturdays, but few finish them, and those who do complete then do so in order to receive the grace that are promised thereby.  It would please me more if they did Five with fervor and with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of your heavenly Mother, than if they did fifteen in a tepid and indifferent manner.”

During Sister Lucia’s time as a novice, she was transferred to a convent in Tuy, Spain and wrote of a mystical experience she had when speaking with the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament:

“Remaining in the chapel with our Lord, part of the night of the 29th-30th of that month of May, 1930, talking to our Lord about [some of those] questions, I suddenly felt possessed more intimately by the Divine Presence; and if I am not mistaken, the following was revealed to me: “Daughter, the motive is simple. There are five kinds of offenses and blasphemies (1) against her Immaculate Conception; (2) against her perpetual virginity; (3) against her divine maternity, refusing her at the same time to accept her as the Mother of mankind; (4) by those who try publicly to implant in the hearts of children an indifference, contempt, and even hate for this Immaculate Mother; and (5) for those who insult her directly in her sacred images.”



The Grotto will now be available to fulfill Our Lady and Our Lord’s request for First Saturday Devotions starting December 2, 2017.

8:30am Confession
9:00am Mass
9:30am Rosary/Confession
9:50am Fifteen Minutes of Meditation
10:05am Refreshments

We hope to see you there!




Lucia’s Memoirs, pp 195-197
Spiritual Guide, pp 128-129