Thursday December 8
Holy Day of Obligation
9:30 am Mass & 7:00 pm Mass
What is Mary’s Immaculate Conception?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
490 To become the mother of the [Savior], Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.” The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace”. In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.
491 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 Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: