Immaculate Conception Novena starts 11/30 – Mass on 12/9 at 8am

The Immaculate Conception Novena
Novena begins 11/30 and ends 12/8

From Fr. Matt’s Column:
I want to bring your attention to this year’s Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (IC). The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops write: “Since December 8, 2019, is the Second Sunday of Advent, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is transferred to Monday, December 9, 2019. The obligation to attend Mass, however, does not transfer.”  So this year the IC is not a holy day of obligation.  I just want to be clear that this does it mean that in the future it is not a holy day of obligation.  The IC is always on December 8th, but this year that is a Sunday of Advent, which takes precedence.  Due to that, the IC is moved to the 9th of December and this year is not a holy day of obligation according to the USCCB. I definitely want to communicate when a discipline affects us and when it doesn’t, which is the case here. The catechism explains that “the faith are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.” CCC 2181.

Even though this year the IC is not a holy day of obligation, nevertheless it is an important solemnity. She is the patron of the United States.  Owing to its importance, I intend to consecrate our entire parish to the IC that day at Mass.  Holy Mass on the 9th will be at 8am (confessions from 7:15-7:45) and at 12 noon (confessions from 11:15-11:45).