Why do we have to go to Mass twice this weekend?
This upcoming Saturday, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the moment when Mary was conceived in her mother’s womb without original sin. This is such an important feast day for Americans as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the patron saint of the United States. Although the U.S. bishops sometimes make an exception by releasing us from the obligation to attend Mass whenever a Holy Day of Obligation falls on a Saturday, they have chosen not to make that exception this year due to the importance of this particular feast day for our nation. This means that we have the privilege to attend two separate Masses for two separate solemnities this weekend: The Immaculate Conception on Saturday, December 8 and The Second Sunday of Advent on Sunday, December 9. This is similar to what we experienced last year when Christmas fell on a Monday. At Sacred Heart, you may fulfill your obligation for the Immaculate Conception at one of the following Masses: Friday, Dec 7 at 6pm or Saturday, Dec 8 at either 9am or 5pm. You may fulfill your obligation for the 2nd Sunday of Advent at one of the following Masses: Saturday Dec 8 at 5pm or Sunday Dec 9 at 7am, 9am, 11am, or 5pm. I know that it may seem burdensome to attend Mass twice in one weekend, but I challenge you to view this upcoming weekend not as a heavy obligation, but as a joyful celebration for both our Church and our nation.