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Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Wednesday, December 8th, is a day which Mother Church deems so important, that it bears the same weight of responsibility that Mass attendance on Sunday does.
Since it is what we call a ‘Holy Day of Obligation’, it bears asking the question; what is this feast all about? So, let’s take a deeper look:
From the first moment of her existence Mary is sinless; the single member of our race conceived without Original Sin. Before the foundation of the world, God chose Mary and gave her every spiritual blessing and chose her to be the Mother of God’s Only Son – Mary, a young, unknown and already betrothed peasant virgin chosen before time for this glorious and ‘salvific’ role.
Likewise, before the foundation of the world God also chose US and gave US every spiritual blessing. We were chosen to be God’s own dwelling place and the Body of Christ on earth; ourselves, so ordinary, so human. How can we respond adequately to God’s choice? By doing what Mary did- by saying…Yes! Yes – to what God asks of each of us. From generation to generation, we have looked to Mary as our model as she herself prayed: “May it be done to me according to Your Word”.
To accommodate your attendance, we will offer two Holy Day Masses Wednesday, December 8th. One at 9 am and one at 6:30 pm. Please make your best effort to attend one.
Let us Pray: Mary, Model, Mother, Advocate, help us with our saying “yes’. On your feast we beg you for your intercession that your Son be born anew in us this Advent!
May the Peace of Our Lord
And the Love of Our Lady
Be with you and all you love,
And all who need your love!