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THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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A Holy Day of Obligation


MASSES 2015:

Monday 7th December

St Patrick's, Rushwee                                      7.30pm

Tuesday 8th December

Church of St Brigid, Grangegeeth                10.00am

Church of Ss Louis and Mary, Rathkenny  11.30am
 

We celebrate Mary who, from the first moment of her existence in the womb of her mother, St Anne, was, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God, preserved free from all stain of original sin.

This feast, which is given the Rank of Solemnity in the liturgical calendar, has been celebrated since the seventh century.

The Immaculate Conception is one of the four Marian Dogmas.It was proclaimed as infallible teaching by Pope Pius IX on December 8th, 1854.

"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin."  - Catechism of the Catholic Church

In 1858 Our Lady appeared to St Bernadette Soubirous eighteen times and identified herself as the "Immaculate Conception", thus confirming the Dogma proclaimed in Rome four years earlier.

Pope honours the Immaculate Conception Benedict speaks
Feast Day Mary Immaculate appears at Lourdes
Our Lady of Lourdes The Immaculate
Dogma of Immaculate Conception  

Dogma - a truth pertaining to faith or morals, revealed by God, transmitted from the Apostles in the Scriptures or by tradition, and proposed by the Church for the acceptance of the faithful. It might be described briefly as a revealed truth defined by the Church.  A dogma is a doctrine solemnly defined by the pope or by a general council. A dogma therefore implies a twofold relation: to Divine revelation and to the authoritative teaching of the Church.