Just a reminder! Friday, December 8th is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at Saint Francis Xavier in Mount Washington, KY will be celebrated at 8:30am and 7pm.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is universally celebrated in the Church on December 8, nine months prior to the Feast of the Nativity of Mary on September 8. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States, Ireland, and the Philipines. It is the Patronal Feast Day of United States of America, Spain, Korea, Portugal, Nicaragua, Brazil, and the Philippines.
The Immaculate Conception was venerated by St. Ephrem the Syrian (d. AD 373), St. Ambrose (d. AD 397), St. John of Damascus (d. AD 755), Blessed John Duns Scotus (d. 1308), The Council of Basle in 1439, Pope Sixtus IV in 1476, Pope Clement XI in 1708, Pius IX in 1847. It was made an infallible teaching of the Church by Pius IX on December 8, 1854.