the Immaculate ConceptionMonday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

It’s one of the Holy Days of Obligation.

The Office of Worship recently published this information regarding Mass attendance on Sunday evening:

Monday, December 8, 2014 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As the Patronal Feast of the United States, December 8 is always a Holy Day of Obligation.

However, because Sundays in Advent take precedence over Solemnities, all Masses celebrated on Sunday, December 7, 2014 are to be the Mass of the Second Sunday of Advent. This includes all Masses celebrated on the evening of Sunday, December 7.

All Masses celebrated on Monday, December 8 are to be for the obligatory celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

Although anticipated/vigil Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception are not permitted this year, it should be noted that the Code of Canon Law 1248 §1 states: “A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass.”

In other words, in this case, participation in the Sunday evening Mass satisfies the obligation. However, the faithful are encouraged to attend Mass on Sunday and Monday.

So… See you at Mass.

On Monday, December 8. we will have Masses at 8AM and 7PM, which is our ordinary schedule for holy Days. At Noon we will have a special Hour of Grace, during which we will pray the Rosary7 and offer other prayers for our nation. We hope you can join us.