Membership in the Communal First Saturdays Apostolate (CFSA)
There are five basic types of membership: Candidacy for Active Membership, Active Membership, Auxiliary Membership, Prayer Membership, and Associate Membership. All members must be practicing Catholics in good standing with the Catholic Church. All members, except for Associate Members, fulfill the duties of Prayer Members. None of the membership duties bind under sin.
All members share in the prayers and good works of all the other members of the CFSA. (Benefactors also share in the prayers and good works of the CFSA.)
For all members, it will be a special glory in the life to come to have participated in the establishment of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the world.
The first three types of membership presuppose that there is a CFSA Chapter in a nearby parish. For more information about starting a chapter as well as starting the Communal First Saturdays, please see the Starting the Communal First Saturdays in the Parish pamphlet and/or the CFSA Starter’s Kit, both available in the store on this website.
Candidacy for Active Membership
Candidates help the Chair of CFSA Chapters in seeking to propagate, establish, and sustain the Communal First Saturdays as described in The Communal First Saturdays book as well as other programs and materials of the apostolate. Candidates may also help with leading the Communal First Saturdays.
Candidates do what Prayer Members do (see Prayer Membership below), and attend monthly CFSA Chapter meetings. During initial formation, the assignment of each new candidate includes learning about and practicing the Communal First Saturdays.
Active Membership represents the most complete form of membership in the CFSA. Active Members do what Prayer Members do (see Prayer Membership below) in addition to the following. Active Members attend monthly Communal First Saturdays Apostolate (CFSA) Chapter meetings in parishes which have the Communal First Saturdays. Active Members support the chapter in propagating, establishing, and sustaining the Communal First Saturdays in their own parish as well as in other parishes. Active members are expected to carry out a Communal First Saturdays apostolate in accordance with the needs of their chapter.
Auxiliary Members do what Prayer Members do (see Prayer Membership below). Auxiliary members do some apostolic work for the CFSA but do not attend CFSA meetings. Some Auxiliary members may require additional formation for their particular apostolate. The CFSA Chapter or a CFSA Council can provide assistance with this.
All members, except associate members, do what a Prayer Member does. A Prayer Member practices the Fatima message of prayer, sacrifice, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on a daily basis. A Prayer Member fulfills at least five consecutive First Saturdays and continues to fulfill the First Saturdays as often as possible, with the intention of making reparation for the sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the salvation of souls and peace in the world. A Prayer Member prays the Rosary and the Fatima prayers daily in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary and wears the Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as a sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is recommended that the Prayer Member reads all the pamphlets available on the CFSA website. A Prayer Member makes the intention to join his or her prayers, including the First Saturdays, to the prayers of the other CFSA members and shares in the prayers and good works of all the members. A Prayer Member offers all of the above prayers also for the spread of the First Saturdays, and especially the Communal First Saturdays. For more information, see the Prayer Membership pamphlet.
Associate Members are those who are unable to fulfill the responsibilities of the other members but do whatever they can by way of prayer and other actions such as financial support.
For more information or questions, please contact CFSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFSA Membership Sign up Form
The CFSA reserves the right to determine those who will be accepted and continue as members.