FIRST SATURDAY PAPER
Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her. (Our Lady of Fatima to Jacinta.)1
First Saturday Devotion
The practice of the five first Saturdays involves: 1) Going to confession, which may be done from 8 days before to 8 days after the first Saturday. Of course, if a person is in the state of serious sin, the confession must be made before receiving communion. 2) Receiving Holy Communion. 3) Recitation of 5 decades of the rosary. 4) Meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the rosary. All of the above (except confession) must be done on the first Saturday of 5 consecutive months with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart. For those who make the five first Saturdays, Our Lady of Fatima has promised to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for salvation.
The Brown Scapular and Consecration
Another request of Our Lady of Fatima-one which includes all the others-is that we consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart. What this consecration means we have stated earlier. Simply put, we can say that in consecrating ourselves to Mary we give and entrust ourselves to her so that she may bring us ever closer to the Heart of Christ, this Christ Who brings us to the Father in the Holy Spirit. This act of consecration obviously includes our willingness to observe the other requests of Our Lady of Fatima.
A great sign of our consecration to the Immaculate Heart is the wearing of the Brown Scapular. Sister Lucia has said that all Catholics should wear the Brown Scapular as part of the Fatima message. She said, The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable In 1251, when she gave the Scapular to St. Simon Stock and thereby to the world, the Queen of Heave stated: Whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire. Wearing the Scapular serves as a constant reminder of ones personal consecration to Mary and of the necessity of imitating her virtues and heeding her requests. Only priests properly authorized can validly enroll one in the Brown Scapular. 2
Promises of Our Lady to Those Who Pray the Rosary
Over the years, in various apparitions, Mary has stressed the importance of the rosary. She has promised great blessings to those who pray the rosary. To St. Dominic and to Blessed Alan she stated:
Can we refuse our most loving Mother her request that we daily pray the rosary?
1 Rev. Edward J. Carter, Mother at Our Side, Shepherds of Christ Publications, Morrow OH, 1993, p. 23.
2 Ibid., p. 21-22.
3 Ibid. p. 83-85.