BANGOR---The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Friday, December 8) commemorates the day that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin. It is a holy day of obligation for Catholics and is the patronal feast of the United States and the Diocese of Portland.
To commemorate the solemnity and to give back to many in need during the Advent season, students at All Saints School in Bangor will throw a “baby shower” for the Blessed Virgin Mary at a special schoolwide Mass on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. John Church, located on 207 York Street in Bangor.
Students will bring baby gifts to the Mass which will be donated to area agencies that provide assistance to new mothers. As the students enter the church, they will lay the gifts at the feet of the statue of Mary.
"This is a great way for our students to help new and expecting mothers who need assistance,” said Joseph Gallant, principal of All Saints. “Sometimes we can take for granted that every new child will have everything they need. Sadly, this is not always the case. Our students are delighted that they are able to help others. That is what Catholics do."
All are welcome to attend the Mass on Friday.
To view a list of Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Masses scheduled for churches around the diocese, click here.