Second Sunday of Advent - December 8, 2019
December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patronal feast day of the United States. Because it’s such an important feast for the U.S. church, it is the only holy day of obligation in the U.S. that remains a holy day of obligation even if December 8 falls on a Saturday or Monday.
But what happens when December 8 is a Sunday, as it is this year 2019? In the Table of Liturgical Days, which you’ll find at the end of the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar (see the front of your Roman Missal), Sundays of Advent rank higher than any other Solemnities. According to #5 of the Norms on the Liturgical Year, those Solemnities then get moved to the next Monday.
So this year, 2019, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is moved to Monday, December 9, right? Right! And, because it’s our national feast day, it’s a holy day of obligation, right? Not quite.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the obligation is attached to the calendar date, not to the transferred feast. So December 8 remains a holy day of obligation, which just also happens to be Sunday, the “primordial feast day” (Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and Calendar, 4), or as it said in the previous translation of that document, “Sunday must be ranked as the first holyday of all.”
But I’m sure you would agree that it’s still quite commendable to participate in Mass on December 9th, even if it’s not a holy day of obligation. Our Masses for Monday, December 9th are the usual 7:00 am, 8:30 am, 12:15 pm, and we have added 7:00 pm for those who are coming from work that day.
A personal appeal to please support the Annual Parish Raffle. This is an important parish fund raiser as you not only have the chance to win some extra cash for your Christmas shopping and gift giving, but more importantly you are helping the parish defray operational expenses that come with the winter months. Tickets are on sale at the doors of the Church this weekend. Thank you for your support!
Fr. Gius Garcia