A message from Fr. Lonzo on the Immaculate Conception

My brothers and sisters, On Tuesday, December 8th, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be offered at Sacred Heart at 10:00 a.m. with St. Joseph Montessori School, and 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist. Not only is this our nation’s patronal feast day, but this year, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning that day. As our Holy Father writes to us: “This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so He turned His gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God, who is ever ready to forgive. I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.” (Misericordiae Vultus, 3). We will all have the opportunity to participate in this wonderful Jubilee, as Pope Francis has asked each diocese to have a Holy Door in their Cathedral. Bishop Campbell will open a Holy Door at St. Joseph Cathedral on December 13th, which will remain open throughout the Jubilee Year. Have a great week! Fr. Tony Lonzo Associate Administrator of Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist