Monday December 9th, 2019
Immaculate Conception of Mary – Saint Anne and Saint Joachim are her parents. The stain glass is from the “Mary Queen of the Universe” Window in the right transept.
According to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, Mary was conceived free from original sin and all its penalties. This privilege was granted to Mary because she was to give birth to Jesus, the Savior. Mary was the first to benefit from the saving passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Mary was conceived and born without sin because of the merits of her Son, Jesus.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception always occurs during Advent. Under the title of the Immaculate Conception, Mary is the patroness of the United States. This special feast of Mary is a holy day of obligation in the United States. This year the original date of the Solemnity falls on a Sunday, therefore it is moved to Monday is not a holy day of obligation