This Friday is the The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation.
The Blessed Virgin Mary is such a part of the fabric that makes us Catholics we can sometimes forget the magnificence with which she came into this world. For that reason, The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary can be a very misunderstood day in our beliefs. Many people think that the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That event, though, is celebrated at the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25, nine months before Christmas).
The Immaculate Conception actually refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary being free from Original Sin from the very moment of her conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Ann.
In other words, Mary our mother who we look to at times of needs, pray her prayer asking for intercession and inspires women and men to lead a prayerful and Christ-like life was God’s chosen one.
So, let’s come together this feast day and celebrate as a community the existence of Mary.
Mass times will be Thursday, December 7 at 4:30pm (vigil) and Friday. Dec. 8th at 8:30 am and 7:00pm. Please note that Benediction will take place at 4:00pm. There will be no confession on 12/7.