A Sunday Reflection

Second Sunday of Advent (Cycle C)

On behalf of all of us at St. Hugh, a very warm welcome to all who visit us today. The Lord called you by name at Baptism to be his beloved children, and he continues to call you throughout your life so that you may one day join him in heaven. We are happy that you are here. May you experience through us the love of God.

The gospel presents us today with the figure of John the Baptist. He too was called by name to be the herald of the Messiah, to proclaim him near and to point him out to the world.

We pray that your visit with us will bring you joy, that you will hear the Lord lovingly calling your name, and that you will join us in proclaiming Christ to the world. God bless you.

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada

Advent and Christmas

Special Events and Mass Schedule

December 15 & 16, 2018
Blessing of Baby Jesus at all Masses

December 16 – 23, 2018 
7:30p.m. Christmas Novena

December 22 & 23, 2018
4th Sunday of Advent
Regular Mass Schedule

December 24, 2018 
Christmas Eve
5:30p.m. Christmas Vigil Family Mass (English)
11:00 p.m. Christmas Concert

December 25, 2018
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
12:00 a.m. Bilingual Midnight Mass
10:30 a.m. Mass
12:30 p.m. Misa
5:30 p.m. Mass

December 29 & 30, 2018
Feast of the Holy Family
Regular Mass Schedule

January 1, 2019
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
10:30 a.m. Mass
12:30 p.m. Misa
5:30 p.m. Mass

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The Immaculate Conception

ONE OF THE BELOVED FEASTS OF MARY observed in the Liturgical Calendar comes during Advent. It is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the teaching that Mary was preserved from any stain of original sin from the very moment of her conception by virtue of the merits of her Son Jesus Christ.

The doctrine developed in part from the angel Gabriel’s greeting to Mary at the Annunciation. It was fitting that the Mother of Christ should be filled with the grace her Son won for us on the cross. This ancient belief was held by many of the early Church Fathers, who called her “All Holy”, “All Sinless” and “Immaculate”. With the passing of time, the Eastern Church, to show its love for the Immaculate Conception, established a feast day to commemorate it sometime around the end of the 7th century. The Western Church followed suit, and by the high Middle Ages the celebration of the Immaculate Conception was widespread throughout Europe. The doctrine was recognized and defended universally as true Christian doctrine by the end of the 15th century.

Around the middle of the 19th century, Blessed Pope Pius IX, after consulting theologians and bishops all over the world, officially defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception in the Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, of December 8, 1854. In it he declared that the Blessed Virgin Mary “in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin.”

Under this title of the Immaculate Conception, the bishops of the United States proclaimed our Blessed Mother patroness of our country in 1847. Let us pray to Mary Immaculate to watch over us and to lead us ever closer to her Son Jesus.

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