Mass will follow First Friday devotion to Mary
By Father Drew Hoffman
For almost a decade, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception celebrated the First Saturday devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Currently, on first Fridays, large numbers of the faithful come to pray at the diocese’s mother church to console our Lord’s Sacred Heart and make reparations for harm done to it. It has been a tremendous blessing to the Cathedral parish and the diocesan community to take up this pious practice.
Beginning Saturday, July 7, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will join its First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart with a First Saturday devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
All are welcome to the Cathedral as we begin this tremendous practice Saturday, July 7, with an 8:30 a.m. rosary and a 9 a.m. Mass for our Blessed Mother. Please join us as we console the Immaculate Heart of our Blessed Mother and pray for peace in our world.
In her appearances to the three young visionaries at Fatima and in a private apparition to St. Lucia eight years after the Fatima apparitions, the Blessed Virgin Mary requested that the practice of five consecutive first Saturday devotions be taken up in order to make reparation for offenses against her Immaculate Heart and for world peace.
The First Saturday devotion has four parts, all done with the intention of consoling our Mother’s Immaculate Heart:
• Confession within 8 days of the First Saturday
• Reception of Holy Communion on the First Saturday
• Recitation of five decades of the Rosary
• Meditation for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Father Hoffman is parochial vicar at the Cathedral.