On December 8, 2017, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church celebrated their 130th Anniversary.
With Bishop Emeritus Edward J. Slattery the church observed the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There was a feast in the church hall following the Mass with festivities including Bingo and a bake sale.
Mary as the Immaculate Conception is the patron saint of this church and the United States of America. Celebration of this feast began in the seventh century and the present name has been with us since the 11th century. It became a feast of the universal Church in the 18th century and is now recognized as a solemnity.
A Reflection from the Franciscans:
In Luke 1:28 the angel Gabriel, speaking on God’s behalf, addresses Mary as “full of grace” or “highly favored”. In that context, this phrase means that Mary is receiving all the special divine help necessary for the task ahead. However, the Church grows in understanding with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit led the Church, especially non-theologians, to the insight that Mary had to be the most perfect work of God next to the Incarnation. Or rather, Mary’s intimate association with the Incarnation called for the special involvement of God in Mary’s whole life.
The logic of piety helped God’s people to believe that Mary was full of grace and free of sin from the first moment of her existence. Moreover, this great privilege of Mary is the highlight of all that God has done in Jesus. Rightly understood, the incomparable holiness of Mary shows forth the incomparable goodness of God.