• on 7th December, 2015

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 8th December 2015

Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is at 7.30 pm on 7th December 2015, in Balally.

On 8th December Mass will be celebrated at 10 am and 1.10 pm, in Balally.

Other, local, Mass times for this Holy Day of Obligation are as follows;

Tuesday 8th December: 8 am, St. Raphaela’s Convent Chapel

Tuesday 8th December: 10 am, St. Mary’s Sandyford Village

Tuesday 8th December: 11:30 am, Leopardstown Park Hospital

Tuesday 8th December: 7:30 pm, St. Mary’s Sandyford Village


The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the solemn belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is universally celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, which is celebrated on September 8. It is one of the most important Marian feasts celebrated in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church celebrated worldwide.

By Pontifical designation and decree, it is the patronal feast day of Argentina, Brazil, Korea, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Spain, the United States and Uruguay. By royal decree, it is also designated by as the Patroness of Portugal. It is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church as well as a few other closely related Christian churches.

On this day since 1854, the Holy See through the Sacred Congregation of Rites grants the Spanish crown the expressed privilege of permitting blue vestments for their present and former territories.[1] Since 1953, the Pope as Bishop of Rome visits the Column of the Immaculate Conception in Piazza di Spagna to offer expiatory prayers commemorating the solemn event.

The feast was first solemnized as a Holy Day of Obligation[2] on 6 December 1708 under the Papal Bull Commissi Nobis Divinitus[3][4] by Pope Clement XI[5] and is often celebrated with Holy Mass, parades, fireworks, processions, ethnic foods, and cultural festivities in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is generally considered a Family day, especially in many Catholic countries.

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