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WAF England and Wales to celebrate Holy Mass to launch the Centenary of the Five First Saturdays Devotion at Westminster Cathedral on 22 February 2020
by Donal Anthony Foley, Board Member, WAF England and Wales
On Saturday, 22 February 2020 at 2 pm, the Holy Mass will be celebrated at Westminster Cathedral to launch the Centenary of the request for the Five First Saturdays Devotion. This is part of the work of the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) in England and Wales in promoting this devotion, which was requested initially by Our Lady in July 1917, and then in more detail when she appeared along with the Child Jesus at Pontevedra in Spain to the Servant of God Sr Lucia, one of the three seers, on 10 December 1925.
Next month’s event will take place three years after the very successful Visitation of the National Pilgrimage Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to Westminster Cathedral, when Cardinal Vincent Nichols presided at Mass and reconsecrated the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, where up to three thousand pilgrims were able to venerate the Statue and show their love and devotion to Our Lady.
The Five First Saturdays devotion is a devotion of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and involves going to confession, receiving Holy Communion, reciting five decades of the Rosary and keeping Our Lady company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with all these done with the intention of making reparation to her.
If a person does this on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, then in return Our Lady promised to assist them, at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation. In other words, this a promise of the grace of final perseverance which is a great grace and a guarantee of heaven.
The centenary of this wonderful promise will occur in December 2025, and WAF is commemorating this event by a five year programme of preparation, with each year having a different point of reference and theme.
For this year, the theme is taken from the greeting of the Angel Gabriel to Our Lady at the Annunciation, “Hail full of Grace” (Luke 1:28,) and the point of reference is a remembrance of the need for reparation against the blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The catechetical focus for the year is the importance of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, a dogma which was promulgated by Pope Pius IX in Inneffabilis Deus in 1854.
It is, therefore, providential that three years after the centenary of the Fatima apparitions in 2017 we have the chance to celebrate the Five First Saturdays devotion, which is of great importance for our times. This is because not only is it an excellent practice in itself, but also because it was linked by Our Lady with the conversion of Russia and the promised period of peace for the world.
In addition, for those who take up the devotion, and then carry it on beyond the initial five first Saturdays, it means that they develop a commitment to frequent confession, attendance at Mass, and a meditative way of reciting the Rosary. If enough people around the country can be persuaded to take up this devotion, then it will surely lead to a great spiritual boost for our parishes and dioceses and help to bring about the renewal of England as Mary’s Dowry.
Please show your love and devotion for Our Lady by attending the Launch Mass on 22 February 2020, when you will have the chance to see the National Pilgrim Statue of the Immaculate Heart and be blessed by the Relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco.
EXTENDED EUCHARISTIC ADORATION INITIATIVE MONDAY TO FRIDAY 6:00am – 10:00pm:
If you would like to be involved in this initiative at the Sacred Heart for extended exposition, please sign the sheets at the back of the church. One sheet is for a permanent 1 hour slot each week, and a second sheet is available for those whose commitments vary each week. Please ensure you get cover for your slot or inform the priests or sisters if you are unable to attend your slot for whatever reason. It is important that the Lord is kept company at all times during the day.
Please contact Canon Jason if you would like to join those who have already donated towards the renovation and furnishing of the side chapel which will become the Perpetual Adoration Chapel in due course.
Annual Pilgrimage to Poland 17 – 21 April 2019
In the footsteps of St Faustina from Warsaw to Krakow, led by Canon Jason, Fr Andrzej and accompanied by Bishop Tom.
Divine Mercy Sunday 2018
First Sunday of Divine Mercy at the Menevia Shrine of Divine Mercy, Church of the Sacred Heart Morriston.
On Sunday 8th April, people across the Diocese gathered for the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. Scheduled to start at 1.30pm, devotees started arriving at 12.30 to get a seat in what was going to be a standing room only celebration.
At 1.30 pm the queue for confessions was already three pews deep and many of the penitents and other participants had bought their Images of divine Mercy to be blessed. After the Blessing and various prayers to open the afternoon, the Blessed Sacrament was solemnly exposed on the Altar. during the time of prayer and the hour of Mercy devotion, confessions were continuous being heard by Fr Artur and Fr Andrzej. Devotions were led by Fr Jason. and included a Sung Chaplet of divine Mercy, readings from the Diary of St Faustina, Hymns and litanies. The Hour of Mercy was concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. At 4pm the Solemn Mass of the Feast was celebrated by Fr Jason who was assisted by Deacon Mathew Roach Saunders and 10 Altar Boys. Confessions continued until 5.30 pm. Fr Jason spoke about the History of the Feast in the Diocese has involvement in the celebration since 1989 and how happy he was to be celebrating this day at an official Shrine within the Diocese. At the Conclusion of the Mass there was an opportunity for all to venerate the 1st Class relics of St John Paul II and St Faustina and also to be blessed with the oil of St Faustina.
Many testimonies have been received from those present acknowledging the beauty of the day and the graces received on this the first Feast of Divine Mercy for the Menevia Shrine of Divine Mercy.
23-27 February 2018 Weekend Retreat with Sisters from the Order of Our Lady of Mercy, Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, Kracow, Poland
View images of the visit of the Sisters
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19 November 2017 Inauguration of Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy
Images of the Mass at which Bishop Tom inaugurated our Chapel of Divine Mercy as a Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy, to permanently mark the Holy Year of Mercy 2015-16 in the Diocese of Menevia.
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30 May – 3 June 2017 Parish Pilgrimage to Fatima
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10 May 2017 May procession at Belmont Abbey
A group of 35 pilgrims from the diocese from Mumbles, Townhill, Morriston and Neath parishes attended the annual May procession in honour of Our Blessed Lady at Belmont Abbey on the 10th May. Thanks to Fr Mansel of Mumbles parish for arranging the transport. This year was particularly special, taking place in the 100th year since the apparitions at Fatima in 1917. In glorious sunshine, thanks to the World Apostolate of Fatima in England and Wales, the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima was carried in procession through the Abbey gardens accompanied by the recitation of the Holy Rosary, followed by a beautiful service in the Abbey church.
Father Jason Jones, parish priest of Sacred Heart Morriston gave the homily, speaking about how Our Lady through her apparitions points us towards the central message of Christ. He also spoke on the role of the World Apostolate, and pilgrims were given the opportunity to consecrate themselves to Our Lady of Fatima, as well as to pledge themselves to Our Lady by taking on the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. During the final hymn, as usual pilgrims were delighted by the shower of blossom petals over Our Lady and the opportunity to venerate the relics of Blesseds Francisco and Jactinta, due to be canonised by Pope Francis in Fatima on the feast day of 13th May.
Photos by Mr Slawomir Purzycki
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Our parish was consecrated to The Divine Mercy on the Feast of Christ the King 2016. Follow this link for more information on the Divine Mercy devotion.
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