THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Patronal Feastday of the United States of America
Holy Day of Obligation Mass Schedule for 2017 …
- Thursday December 7th: 4:30 PM
- Friday December 8th: 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Many people are still confused about the Immaculate Conception. On this Holy Day we celebrate Mary’s conception and not Jesus’.
Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaimed on December 8, 1854:
“The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.” — Catechism of the Catholic Church