What to do about the First Saturday Devotion on Holy Saturday

We’ve been asked to go to confession, receive Holy Communion, pray five decades of the rosary, and spend fifteen minutes keeping Our Lady company while meditating on the mysteries of the rosary with the intention of making reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the first Saturday of each month.

The first Saturday of April 2015 is Holy Saturday. Because there will be no confessions heard and no Saturday morning Masses, many have asked what they are to do to satisfy the requirements of the 1st Saturday Devotion. Should they do it the following week? Since the Easter Vigil Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation, if they receive their Communion of reparation during the Easter Vigil Mass, do they need to go to Mass again on Sunday? Do they need the permission of a priest if they are going to fulfill the requirements on a day other than the 1st Saturday?

Well, praying the rosary and spending fifteen minutes keeping Our Lady company while meditating on its mysteries can easily be done on Saturday by almost everyone. These two requirements will never pose a problem except in the case of serious illness.

Those accustomed to receiving their Communion of reparation during a morning Mass on 1st Saturdays can simply receive during the Easter Vigil Mass or on Easter Sunday. Those who usually receive during a Saturday evening Mass of Anticipation will notice little difference. They do not need to go to Mass again on Sunday. The requirement is the reception of Holy Communion, not attendance at Mass. While 4:00 pm marks the onset of each day liturgically, the day remains Saturday until midnight. Therefore, reception of Holy Communion during an Easter Vigil Mass which occurs during Saturday evening hours is reception on Saturday.

What about the confession requirement? There will be no confessions heard on Holy Saturday. The following account of a dialogue between Sister Lucia and Jesus which occurred on February 15, 1926, quoted from her memoirs provides the answer:

She placed before Jesus the difficulty that some people had about confessing on Saturday, and asked that it might be valid to go to confession within eight days. Jesus answered: ‘Yes, and it could be longer still, provided that, when they receive Me, they are in the state of grace and have the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ She then asked: ‘My Jesus, what about those who forget to make the intention?’ Jesus replied: ‘They can do so at their next confession, taking advantage of the first opportunity to go to confession.’

It is not necessary to obtain the permission of a priest whenever one of the requirements of the practice of the devotion must be fulfilled on a day other than the 1st Saturday itself. Anyone who is confused because someone told them such permission is required is encouraged to read page 8 of the Apostolate’s 1st Saturday Devotion booklet located here https://www.bluearmy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/1st-Sat-CoR-12pg-Booklet-Color-21415-Item-26737.pdf.

If you are practicing the 1st Saturday Devotion and have not yet registered your participation in the Apostolate’s “Centennial Gift For Our Lady,” I encourage you to do so now at https://www.bluearmy.com/centennial. It would be helpful and very much appreciated if you would share this initiative with as many of your relatives and friends as possible.

Finally, if you are not yet a member of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Our Lady’s Blue Army, please consider joining the family: https://www.bluearmy.com/the-apostolate/pledge.



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  1. Deacon Bob
    Does the same criteria apply to 1st Friday on Good Friday. People ask me about it as well.
    John Witkosky
    Scranton Pa Division WAF

    • Thank you for your question, John.

      The specific conditions to fulfill the Great Promise associated with First Fridays are twofold:
      1. They must be made on nine consecutive First Fridays of the month;
      2. They must receive Holy Communion.
      The communicant should have the intention, at least implicitly, of making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for all the sinfulness and ingratitude of men.

      While it was not so in years past, the Good Friday Liturgy today includes the distribution of Holy Communion. In most places there will be two opportunities to participate in the liturgy – one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Holy Communion received during either of these liturgies would be received on the first Friday itself.

      While I would never presume to speak for God in the context of your question,, it seems to me that the Divine disposition expressed with regard to those who cannot accomplish all the requirements of the First Saturday Devotion on the Saturday itself would apply to the First Friday Devotion as well should the same inability present itself.

      We must, of course, be careful to avoid conjuring up flimsy excuses. After all, both of the devotions should involve some measure of sacrifice on the part of all who desire to practice them seriously.

      I hope this helps.
      God bless you.

  2. thanks!…we have been doing the devotion, but this is a great write-up

  3. I would like to ask about what to do as the leader of the First Saturday devotion at my parish. We offer the devotion for a large group of people after the First Saturday Mass but since this year it is Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil, would it be fitting to offer the devotion on the following Saturday? I understand the parameters of fulfilling the devotion as an individual as you have stated.

    Thank you for you consideration, K

    • Thanks for asking, Kevin.
      While communal practice of the devotion is laudable and perfectly appropriate, we must be careful not to give the impression that people cannot practice the devotion on their own – individually. Some have been led to believe that they cannot practice the devotion if their parish has no morning Mass on Saturdays and they are unable to locate a parish close enough to home at which there is a Mass in which the group can participate. This misperception significantly reduces the numbers of people practicing the devotion.

      I see no reason why it could not be done the following Saturday as long as the Pastor of the parish is able to provide for it. After all, it would make for greater inconvenience which would add some measure of depth to the sacrifice involved. I think heaven would be pleased with this.

      At the same time, however, if some of the people are going to be away the following weekend, I would hope they would be encouraged to fulfill the requirements of the devotion individually this weekend rather than let a month slip away.

      I hope this helps.

  4. I am a confused Catholic. I want to complete the First Five Saturdays. But, I am 84 and a TLM Catholic. There two Masses, two Catholic religions, but no TLM mass on Saturday. I would like to go to Confession and receive the Lord the same day. There is a lot of talk that the New Mass is INVALID, if this true, how can I complete my first five Saturday’s? If anyone can help me I would appreciate it very much.
    Thank you,and God Bless you.

    Joseph Hanussak,

    • To fulfill the First Saturday devotion, you only need to receive Communion on that day. The Blessed Mother did not request that one attend Mass.

  5. My previous question was only partly answered. 1, can I go to a Novus Ordo Mass to receive communion? I realize Mass is not needed.but it is necessary so I can receive communion. Can a Novus Ordo priest hear my confession and give me absolution ?
    These are serious questions even for a Sunday Mass. The sheep are wandering aind no one to guide them into the correct pen. 2. The Rosary and 15 minutes with our Blessed Lady can be completed. Just so much talk of the New Mass being invalid that one does not know what to do. Can you help me?

    From a mixed up Catholic,

    Joseph Hanussak

    • Yes you can attend a Novus Ordo Mass to receive communion and go to a Novus Ordo priest for confession. Jesus gave authority to the Church–what it holds bound on earth will be held bound in Heaven. Surely when the New Mass was introduced by Pope Paul VI, now the ordinary standard form, Heaven accepted it. Millions upon millions of Catholics are practicing the First Saturday devotion by receiving communion at a Novus Ordo Mass and going to confession to a priest. God does not invalidated their acts of love done for the sake of reparation against His Beloved Mother, because of disagreements among Catholic factions. Any act done for love of God is accepted by Him.

      Hope that helps.

  6. Do I state to the priest my intention during confession?

    • No, there is no need to tell the priest. Just internally offer your confession for the First Saturday devotion intention.

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