Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: December 8

December 8 is always a Holy Day of Obligation because the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the patronal feast of the United States. In other words, we claim Mary as our patron saint under this special title of the Immaculate Conception. That means she was conceived in the marital union of her parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne.

“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, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.” –Pius IX, ex cathedraIneffabilis Deus 1854.

The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches will be open on Saturday, Dec. 8 as a site of pilgrimage and plenary indulgence. A plenary indulgence is available on this day for those who fulfill the conditions of confession, communion and prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Because this year the solemnity falls on a Saturday, special Mass times and provisions are scheduled for your convenience. Contact your church parish office for Mass times if you do not see it on the list below:

Friday, Dec. 7, Vigil Mass

4:00 p.m. – St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria

4:00 p.m. – St. Rita Church, Alexandria

4:00 p.m. – Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville

4:00 p.m. — St. Francis of Assisi Mission, Waterproof

5:15 p.m. – St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Cottonport

5:30 p.m. – Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria

5:30 p.m. – St. Rita Church, Alexandria

5:30 p.m. – Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth

5:30 p.m. – St. Louis Church, Glenmora

6:00 p.m. — Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches

6:00 p.m. – St. Gerard Chapel, Jonesville

6:00 p.m. – St. William Chapel, Olla

6:00 p.m. – St. John Chapel, Columbia

 

Saturday,  Dec. 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

8:00 a.m. – Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria

8:00 a.m. — (Latin) St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria

8:00 a.m. – St. Rita Church, Alexandria

8:00 a.m. — Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches

9:00 a.m. – St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria

9:00 a.m. – Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth

9:00 a.m. – St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bunkie

9:00 a.m. – St. Patrick Church, Ferriday

9:00 a.m. – St. Mary’s Church, Winnsboro

10:00 a.m. – St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Cottonport

10:00 a.m. — St. Joseph Church, St. Joseph

10:30 a.m. – Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria

12:00 p.m. – St. Rita Church, Alexandria

12:00 p.m. – Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville

12:15 p.m. – St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria

4:00 p.m. – Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville

4:00 p.m. – St. Jude Mission, Sieper

4:00 p.m. – St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bunkie