HOLY DAY- Immaculate Conception

Holy Day of Obligation

Please join us to celebrate the Holy Day of Obligation on December 8th for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Masses Offered to fulfill obligation are

Friday, December 7th at 7:00pm

Saturday, December 8th at 9:00 am

*Sunday Obligation Masses are at their usual times of Saturday, 4:00 pm, Sunday at 8:00am and 10:30 am

St. Anne and St. Joachim

Each year the Church venerates the memory of Saints Anne & Joachim on July 26th (We offer a Novena to St. Anne every year).  There is a traditional story that dates back to the 1st century that recalls the barrenness of St. Anne and St. Joachim.  The grief-stricken couple separated but trusted God to fulfill their desires.   They each were visited by an angel and were told that their old age would not hinder the gift of a child, one that would be part of salvation history.  St. Anne and St. Joachim ran to each other from their locations; St. Anne in her garden and St. Joachim in the desert and they met at Jerusalem’s Golden Gate.  They embraced and kissed on the joyous news.

USCCB Novena Card for St. Anne and St. Joachim
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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Many confuse this feast day with the Annunciation or with the Blessed Virgin’s Assumption into heaven.  Mary was conceived without “Original Sin” so that she was a proper vessel for God’s only Son.  This conception is known as the Immaculate Conception which is celebrated on December 8th every year.   In Lk 1:28 the archangel hails her as, “full of grace”, which is confirmation of this doctrine.  Because she was conceived without original sin, Mary remained immaculate the remainder of her days.  Christ’s redemptive work began at Mary’s conception so that at the Annunciation Jesus Christ could be conceived in the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Later, by God’s power, Mary was taken up to heaven which is the Assumption.

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Immaculate Conception by Peter Paul Rubens ( oil on canvas, circa 1628)

 

Saint Anne at the Probatica from Aleteia on Vimeo.


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