Masses are Friday, December 8, at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Holy Day of Obligation.
There’s a popular belief that we’re celebrating Jesus’ conception by the Virgin Mary, but we’re not. Instead, we’re celebrating and commemorating the special way in which the Virgin Mary herself was conceived. Her conception was special and unique in another way. To become the mother of the Savior, Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role,” per the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and wholly borne by God’s grace.