How grateful I am to our pastor for reminding our school children at their First Friday Mass yesterday, not only about Love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but also for inviting them to come to First Saturday Mass to show their love for Mary. How Our Lady must have smiled!
Father is going to concelebrate with our priest in residence who usually offers the First Saturday Mass and pay special honor to Mary as God’s Mother and ours. The Legion of Mary invited the entire parish to come to Mass on this First Saturday, Sept. 6 – since Sept. 7 is also the date on which the Legion of Mary was “born” in 1921. (A group of lay persons met with their parish priest, prayed to the Holy Spirit for guidance, and prayed the Rosary, asking how they might LIVE their consecration to Jesus through Mary.)
We hope that more parishioners will begin the First Saturday Devotion of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We hope they may also consider joining the Legion of Mary as either Auxiliary (praying) Members or Active Members (praying and also engaging in spiritual works of Mercy; and coming together for weekly meetings).
Mary’s birthday is Sept. 8 and it significant that this lay apostolate began on the vigil of the Feast of Mary’s Nativity. It is now the largest lay apostolate in the world. See HERE
We’re having a small “reception” after Mass (coffee, and refreshments) to celebrate the two anticipated “birthdays” of Mary (Sept 8) and of the Legion of Mary (Sept.7) together today.
For anyone unfamiliar with First Saturdays, see HERE
By God’s Grace may we learn to love as Jesus loved. May we learn to love Him as Mary did on earth and does now.