of the Blessed Sacrament will begin on Friday, September 3rd, following the 9 AM Morning Mass, and continue until the Litany of the Eucharist and Benediction at 10:00 AM. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration never cease.” – Pope John Paul II
Why First Friday? In the seventeenth century, Jesus frequently appeared to St. Margaret Mary in France. One of the promises He revealed spoke of first Fridays: “In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.” Today, Holy Mass on First Friday is devoted to the Sacred Heart and to the Precious Blood of Jesus. The Eucharist is also taken to shut-ins on this day. (Sources: Catholic Encyclopedia and The Catholicism Answer Book)