Meaning: The feast of the Immaculate Conception is hard to define precisely. Even the church itself has taken centuries to try to put it into language that leads us into the mystery of God’s singular grace and gift to Mary from the moment she was conceived in the “eye of God” and then conceived on earth. The church believes that Mary – by the singular grace and favor of God – is human, is free, and will die, yet that she was somehow more finely tuned to the will of God and open to obedience because of the intervention of her child’s power of redemption and resurrection.
Megan McKenna “Advent, Christmas and Epiphany”
Our Lady’s Missionaries gathered to celebrate this feast with a simple prayer service combining hymns to Mary, a short theological reflection from the writings of Anthony Padovano, and an inspirational quote from the writings of Caryll Houselander.
Patricia Kay was celebrating 70 years as a member of Our Lady’s Missionaries and Frances Brady 60 years. They were presented with bouquets of roses.
We then enjoyed a special meal of Chinese food.
Sr. Rosemary Williamson, OLM