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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass Times: Friday, December 7, 7pm (Vigil Mass) and Saturday, December 8, 9am

It is very appropriate that we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception during the liturgical Season of Advent, when we are preparing to celebrate Christmas, because this feast invites us all to stop for just a moment to reflect on how God prepared the world for the coming of the Savior in the birth of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago. It is precisely in the midst of all of our practical preparations for Christmas that the Church invites us today to slow down in order to prepare ourselves spiritually for our celebration of Christmas.

During Advent, we identify with the faithful of the chosen People of Israel who waited so long and did what they could to prepare for the first Christmas, when Mary of Nazareth gave birth to her son, Jesus Christ. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we thank God for the essential role that Mary played in bringing Jesus Christ into the world to save us from our sins. Although at the time it seems that Mary had no idea how it was possible or what it really meant, she was to become the Mother of God. During Mass, let us turn with faith and expectancy to the scriptures and listen to the familiar account of the Annunciation as told by St. Luke in the Gospel.

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