On Friday, December 8th, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Solemnity celebrates our belief in the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, free from original sin, by virtue of the foreseen merits of her son Jesus Christ. The Church teaches us that, while Mary was conceived by normal biological means in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne, God the Father acted upon her soul, keeping it immaculate".
The Immaculate Conception is frequently confused with the Virgin Birth of Jesus. The Immaculate Conception deals with the conception of Mary, not that of Jesus.
While the belief that Mary was conceived with an immaculate soul has been widely held since around 300 A.D., the doctrine was not dogmatically defined until 1854, by Pope Pius IX.
Masses for the holy day will be celebrated in the church on Thursday at 6:30 PM, and on Friday at 7 AM and 12:10 PM.