When Pope Pius IX solemnly defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 1854, the feast officially designated as the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was fixed as December 8.
But not this year.
Since the Second Sunday of Advent falls on December 8 this year, and takes priority over any other feast on that day, the celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception has been transferred to Monday, December 9. There is no obligation to attend Mass when a feast is transferred to Monday.
Yet many of us will attend Mass with the intention of honoring our Blessed Mother. Mass at St. Mary's is at 5:30 pm this evening. We celebrate that Mary was born without sin and was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. ... See MoreSee Less
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