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The Immaculate Concep- tion is a solemnity celebrat- ed on Dec. 8, which is the patronal feast of the United States. On this day Catholics are obligated to attend Mass. The Immaculate Concep- tion means that by God's grace, Mary was free from original sin from the mo- ment of her conception, and remained free of sin for her entire life. Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Immac- ulate Conception of Mary as a dogma of the Church in 1854. The solemn dec- laration called, "Ineffabilis Deus" confirmed the long- held belief of the Church that Mary was conceived free from original sin. This privilege of Mary comes from God having chosen her as the Mother of the Savior. Because of this, she received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "to become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropri- ate to such a role." The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace." In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announce- ment of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace." (CCC #490) (Note: The above was adapted from CNA materi- als) 8 November 18, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org COOPER OFFICE EQUIPMENT Full Copier Line From Tabletop To Networkable Digital Laser Systems (906) 228-6929 Phone 800-432-7682 Fax 800-908-8542 Purchase & Lease Options Authorized KONICA Printers-Copiers Dealer Holy day of obligation: Dec. 8 FILE PHOTO A stained glass window located at St. Joseph Parish in Lake Linden depicts the Immaculate Concep- tion.

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