Campus Ministry invites all members of the Marquette community to join as it celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday, Dec. 8. This is the Patronal Feast of the United States, as bishops of the U.S. have entrusted our nation to the care, patronage and protection of the Blessed Virgin under the title of her Immaculate Conception.
We will celebrate a vigil Mass on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 10 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel.
On Friday, Dec. 8, Mass will be celebrated at noon in the Chapel of the Holy Family. There will be no noon mass at the St. Joan of Arc chapel on Friday.
All are invited to attend.
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was dogmatically defined by the Pope Pius IX in his 1854 bull, Ineffabilis Deus, as the dogma that almighty God, by singular grace and through the merits of Jesus Christ, savior of the human race, preserved the Blessed Virgin Mary free from all stain of original sin.
This Solemnity is a day of precept for all Roman Catholics; the obligation is fulfilled by participation at any mass of the vigil or the day of the feast.