December 3, 2016

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8 - The Church celebrates a holyday of obligation this week, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. Pope Pius IX proclaimed this doctrine on December 8, 1854. Pius explained that Mary was preserved from original sin by a “singular grace and privilege” given her by God “in view of the merits of Jesus Christ” as Redeemer of the human race. Mary, like every other human being, needed the redemptive benefits of Christ; but, in anticipation of what God did for all through Christ, she alone was preserved from original sin “from the first moment of her conception.” December 8 is also a special national feast: at the First Council of Baltimore in 1846 the Catholic bishops of the United States of America chose Mary under the title of her Immaculate Conception as the patron saint of the nation. This deepened interest in the vast new country. Thus, in addition to honoring Mary, we should pray too for our nation and her leaders and citizens.   The mass schedule for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is as follows: Wednesday evening December 7 at 7:00pm and on Thursday morning December 8 at 9:00am. 

Building Improvements…  For a long time we have been investigating the need to correct building problems on our campus. Several pillars were removed at the activity building because of safety issues and temporary pillars were installed. There is also a need to correct the cracking of concrete in the front of the activity building and reroute the electricity lines that serve the building. At the same time, there are problems with the concrete cracking at the main entrance of the church. After much study and planning, work will begin this week to correct these significant safety issues. Work will begin to deal with the problems on the loading dock side of the activity building: replacing the temporary pillar with a permanent one and rerouting the electrical lines. Because of the coming winter weather, the work at the two buildings will be done in stages and will not be completed until the spring.  Please note that the Diocese is providing insurance money to Saint Victor’s to complete these repairs. NO parish money will be expended