The mission of the Communal First Saturdays Apostolate (CFSA) is to propagate, establish, and sustain the Communal First Saturdays Liturgy and devotion, as described in The Communal First Saturdays book, in Catholic parishes, shrines, and other venues as a way of bringing about the salvation of souls and world peace.
Overview of the Communal First Saturdays Apostolate
The Communal First Saturdays Apostolate (CFSA) is a lay private association under a non-profit 501c3. The CFSA provides a way of fulfilling Our Lady of Fatima’s request for the First Saturdays and thereby helping bring about world peace and the salvation of souls. The Communal First Saturdays helps to schedule in the parish and lead all four practices requested by Our Lady for the purpose of making reparation to her Immaculate Heart. The First Saturdays in the communal form is a way of making it easier for each person to fulfill all of the practices of the First Saturdays and for a larger number of people to do so. Further, there is a greater power to our prayer and reparation when we join in prayer together publicly. The communal form also makes it more possible to give visible witness that Our Lord and Our Lady’s request for the First Saturdays is being fulfilled.
The CFSA also promotes an original Pilgrim Virgin Statue Church to Home Visitation program as an apostolic extension of the Communal First Saturdays devotion (see Appendix A of The Communal First Saturdays book). After the Scriptural Meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary, the Pilgrim Virgin statue is received by the next family. The Pilgrim Virgin statue is brought by the family to their home with the intention of enthroning the Sacred Heart of Jesus and returning with the statue to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Mass on the following Saturday. One may then consider the Communal First Saturdays and the Pilgrim Virgin statue program a form of re-evangelization within the Catholic Church leading to repentance and public worship.
The CFSA also helps form chapters in each parish which starts the Communal First Saturdays. The purpose of these CFSA Chapters is to propagate, establish, and maintain the celebration of the Communal First Saturdays devotion in their respective parishes and promote the devotion locally. The CFSA also formed a Central Council to carry out the mission anywhere in the world, especially in the United States.
We are grateful to the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary at Fatima for their support and collaborating with us in this work. The Nuns have been a great help in providing information about the Communal First Saturdays to their visitors. Most of all we value the prayers of these cloistered contemplative Nuns for the spread of the Communal First Saturdays.
The most comprehensive book available among the literature we have is The Communal First Saturdays book. This book contains the order of devotion for the Communal First Saturdays, and a thorough treatment of the First Saturdays, Communal First Saturdays and much more (see store). This book has been in a process of development since the beginning of the CFSA. The final version of this book received the imprimatur in 2017 from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The order of devotion was extracted from this book to form The Communal First Saturdays Devotional, which can be passed out to those participating in the Communal First Saturdays and then collected atthe conclusion of the devotion. The CFSA is now in a position to promote the Communal First Saturdays anywhere in a more effective way.
The President and Co-Founder
One of the founders of the Communal First Saturdays Apostolate, Katrina Leyden, was blessed to go to Fatima in 2008. She knew something about Fatima before she went but definitely learned a lot more after she returned. So, after returning from Fatima, somebody spoke to her about spreading the First Saturdays devotion. She then began to learn about it. She found that Our Lady’s apparition on July 13, 1917 was a particularly important apparition to learn about, especially the 2nd part of the secret. In this apparition, Our Lady told us that to save souls from going to hell, God wants to establish in the world devotion to her Immaculate Heart. Our Lady then spoke of two special requests to do this. Our Lady said if we do what she tells us, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The 1st request was for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, which was fulfilled in 1984 by St. John Paul II and the bishops of the world. According to the official Vatican statement, “Sister Lucia personally confirmed that this solemn and universal act of consecration corresponded to what Our Lady wished (“Sim, està feita, tal como Nossa Senhora a pediu, desde o dia 25 de Março de 1984”: “Yes it has been done just as Our Lady asked, on 25 March 1984”: Letter of 8 November 1989). Hence any further discussion or request is without basis” (Message of Fatima, Vatican.va).
This consecration has had a powerful effect on the world. After the consecration, the end of the persecution of Christians and the return of religious freedom took place in Russia and other countries as well. The Soviet Union collapsed and communism ended in Russia. It is important to note that in a locution to Sr. Lucia, Our Lord had promised that in response to the consecration, the religious persecution in Russia would cease (May 29, 1930). As we can see, Our Lord more than fulfilled his promise. However, the period of peace Our Lady promised requires the fulfillment of both of Our Lady’s special requests.
The 2nd special request was for the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays.
Katrina Leyden realized that the Pope and the bishops did their part by fulfilling Our Lady’s first special request. She then realized that it is the People of God who need to do their part for peace and the salvation of souls by fulfilling Our Lady’s 2nd special request, the First Saturdays.
After Our Lady came again to ask for the First Saturdays on December 10, 1925, the Child Jesus appeared on February 15, 1926 to ask if the First Saturdays had been spread throughout the world.
Katrina Leyden and other members of our apostolate wanted to help answer that question.
So, the question was raised, what could be done to make it easier for each individual and a larger number of the faithful to make the First Saturdays?
It became clear that the answer was a communal celebration of the First Saturdays. There were a few scattered attempts elsewhere at the time, but they did not include all four practices for the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Communal First Saturdays does this and much more.
In the process, Katrina Leyden came across this quote from Blessed Paul VI:
“meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary… can be an excellent preparation for the celebration of those same mysteries in the liturgical action and can also become a continuing echo thereof” (Marialis Cultus, n. 48).
It became clear that a program visibly ordered to the Liturgy was needed. We saw the need to have the Rosary before Mass and the meditation after Mass.
We then started the Communal First Saturdays in 2008 at St. Anthony of Padua parish in the Woodlands, TX.
On March 4, 2017, the 100th Consecutive Communal First Saturdays was celebrated since beginning. The timing was so fitting as this took place during the year of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Appearance at Fatima!
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