The Catholic Practice of "First Saturday" Devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart,
Is held at St. Pius X on the first Saturday of every month at 8am.
Catholics believe that on these first Saturdays of each month, we help our Heavenly Father, our Lord, Jesus Christ and our Lady, Christ's mother, to console us. The First Saturday’s devotion had already been an established custom in the Catholic Church. In 1905,
Pope Pius X
, our patron, approved the devotion and granted indulgences for its practice on the First Saturdays of twelve consecutive months in honor of the Immaculate Conception.
For this devotion, whether alone or in a group, one can select any five successive months, and engage in each of the following four (4) activities, each of which must be done with the sincere intention (in your minds and hearts) to honor Mary.
1. Go to confession: This can be done one week earlier, however, the intention of reparation to the Immaculate Heart must be in one's mind and heart prior and during confession.
2. Attend Saturday Mass.
3. Receive the Eucharist with the necessity of offering it in reparation to Our Lady, and finally,
4. Pray the Rosary with a minimum of 15 minutes spent in the company of Mary while properly meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary. Our Lady promises us that she will be present to those who keep her company.
Following First Saturday Mass at 8a, those who can stay join in praying the Rosary, and afterwards have refreshments and social time in the Cry Room. Praying the Rosary, following a Marian Devotional Mass, is especially uplifting and spiritually rewarding and can truly set the tone for the weekend. Those in attendance are welcome to take turns leading or saying each Decade; it is definitely a group participation Rosary!
The word Rosary means "Crown of Roses". Our Lady has revealed that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen of flowers, and so the Rosary is the rose of all devotions and it is therefore the most important one. The Holy Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because within it lies the story of our salvation. With the Rosary in fact we meditate on the mysteries of joy, of sorrow and the glory of Jesus and Mary. It's a simple prayer, humble, so much like Mary. It's a prayer we can all say together with Her, the Mother of God. With the Hail Mary we invite Her to pray for us. Our Lady always grants our request.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact David Pigott @ (318) 393-8850 or
or call the church.