What is the Solemnity of Immaculate Conception?

On December 8th, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Immaculate Conception is the “stainless” conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That means, Mary was not only free original sin at the moment her mother became pregnant with her, but also, free from personal sin throughout her life. Mary was granted this extraordinary privilege because of her unique role in history as the mother of God. That is, she received the gift of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception.

Mary is held up by the Church as a model for us all, in her holiness, in her purity, and in her willingness to accept God’s plan for her life. Each of us is called to respond to God’s call, to carry out God’s plan, and to fulfill the mission prepared for us.                                                                                                            

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a time to celebrate the great joy of God’s gift to humanity in Mary, and to recognize that each of us has been created by God to fulfill a specific mission. Your mission, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, is to go to Mass with your family. It is a “holy day of obligation,” which means the Church calls the faithful to come together to celebrate. A complete listing of Mass times, is below:

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - December 8th

(Holy Day of Obligation)

6:30 p.m. - Saint Casimir (Vigil Mass on 12/7)
7:00 a.m. - Saint Thomas
7:30 a.m. - Saint Casimir
12:00 p..m. - Saint Casimir
5:30 p.m. - Saint Thomas
6:30 p.m. - Immaculate Conception