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Holy Day of Obligation is today: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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St. Marys Steeple

Dec. 8, 2016 – Barton, WI – Thursday, Dec. 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception; it’s a Holy Day of Obligation. If you head to Mass at St. Mary’s in Barton take note of the work on the steeple that is nearly complete. This photo by Jeff Slais was taken Wednesday as contractors worked in 15-degree temperatures.

Mass Times at St. Mary’s in Barton  6:15 AM, 8:35 AM, 7:00 PM (Bilingual)

At St. Frances Cabrini – 8 a.m. , 12 noon and 6 p.m.


Few doctrines of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which Catholics celebrate every year on December 8. Many people, including many Catholics, think that the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That event, though, is celebrated at the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25, nine months before Christmas). What is the Immaculate Conception?

Conceived Without Sin

The Immaculate Conception refers to the condition that the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from Original Sin from the very moment of her conception in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. We celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary—her birth—on September 8; nine months before that is December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.


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