Masses are Tuesday, December 8, at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 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.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is normally a Holy Day of Obligation. However, at this time, no one is obligated to attend Mass or receive Communion at this time. Bishop David L. Ricken re-instated the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice because of the recent markedly high rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. Mass will continue to be celebrated every Sunday at all of the Diocese’s churches for those who are able to attend and willing to strictly follow the proper health protocols.