Masses are Wednesday, December 8, at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. There’s a popular misconception 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.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation.
However, keep in mind that Bishop David L. Ricken has repeatedly stated that the dispensation for attending Mass is always in place for those facing serious health issues. “If individuals are frail due to illness or age and in their well-formed consciences believe that going into public places — including worship at Mass — would place their health in ‘serious jeopardy,’ they, too, are not bound by this obligation. Anyone in those types of situations should adhere to the third commandment ‘To Keep Holy the Lord’s Day’ by spending time in prayer, reading the Scriptures and taking part in acts of charity from home.”