Recently a group of Crusaders representing Mary Immaculate, Sheffield, along with Fr David Stafford, travelled to the National Crusade Centre in Manchester to celebrate the First Saturday of the month and attend a special Coronation of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

This event, which is celebrated every year in May, included the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary.  The coronation itself took place during the Mass, when a white crown was placed on the head of Mary while singing “Bring flowers of the rarest”.  As usual, the Crusaders renewed their act of Consecration to Mary Immaculate by St Maximilian Kolbe.

After the Mass, there was an opportunity to meet and have a chat with other Crusaders and Franciscan friars over a cup of coffee and refreshments.

Why First Saturdays?

During her apparition at Fatima in July 1917, the Infant Jesus said to Lucia, “Have pity on the heart of your most Holy Mother.  It is covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it with every moment, and there is no one to remove them with an act of reparation.”  Then Our Lady said, “Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the first Saturday of five successive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.”

Following Our Lady’s request, the First Saturdays of the months are held in Our Lady of Lourdes Church – 9am – Rosary, 9.30am – Mass, 10am – 15 minutes’ meditation of all Rosary mysteries, 10.15am Confession.  All are welcome.  Please join us every First Saturday of the month.  Let us be generous in our response to Our Lady’s urgent request.