As part of her internship with the McGrath Institute for Church Life, senior Colleen Halpin is hoping to gather a group of people together who would like to practice the 5 Saturdays devotion, a practice which was born out of Fatima.
Fr. Andrew Apostoli explains the devotion in his book, Fatima for Today:
In 1925, “Our Lady and the Christ Child appeared to Lucia in her room at the convent and requested the First Five Saturday devotion. Jesus and Mary asked that on the first s of five consecutive months we go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say a Rosary and then meditate for fifteen minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary. All of these are to be done with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the many sins and blasphemies by which she is offended. Mary promised that she will assist at the moment of death, which all the graces necessary for salvation, every person who makes this devotion."
This devotion is associated in a special way with prayer for world peace, and while this will be a shared intention throughout the semester, everyone is welcome to bring their own intentions to share with the group as well.
Please join us for prayer and fellowship on January 27th, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, and May 5th at 10 am in the Alumni Hall chapel. Mass will begin at 10, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament while a priest will be available to hear Confessions. We will also pray the Rosary together during this time. Afterwards, all are welcome to eat lunch together in South Dining Hall. This will be a beautiful opportunity to pray for peace in our world, draw nearer to Christ through the loving intercession of His Mother, and share prayer intentions with one another.
If you are interested, please reach out to Colleen Halpin and firstname.lastname@example.org.