Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Mary's Immaculate Conception
Traditionally on December 8, we honor Mary as having
been conceived without sin, a unique and core doctrine
of the Roman Catholic Church. As Fr. William G. Most
explains on EWTN.com, “In teaching that Mary was
conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that
from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed
Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin. This simply
means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace,
sharing in God's own life, and that she was free from the sinful
inclinations which have beset human nature after the fall.”
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
Mary is a holy day of obligation. Because December 8 falls on
a Sunday this year, the holy day will be observed on Monday,
December 9. Please come to the 6:30am, 9:00am, or 7:30pm
Mass to honor this sacred event and fulfill your obligation.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
You are cordially invited to join in festivities in honor of
Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas.
In 1531, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego in Tepeyac, Mexico,
and performed several miracles for Juan and others.
Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day is Thursday, December 12.
Come for Las Mañanitas at 5:00am in the church with hot chocolate
and pastries afterward in Marian Hall. Come also to the
bilingual Mass that will be celebrated at 7:00pm followed
by dinner, music and a raffle in Marian Hall.
Advent Devotions and Events
Advent is observed in many Christian churches as a
time of expectant waiting and preparing to celebrate
the nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Here at SCL, you
are welcome to participate in these customs and devotions while
Light the Advent Wreath:
If you would like to light our Advent
wreath yourself or with family or friends, please sign up for the
date and Mass time you’d like in the sign-up book in the vestibule.
Booklets with daily reflections on Advent are available
in the church vestibule at no charge.
Delight a Child in Need:
Please take a gift tag for a boy or girl from the angel tree that will be in the vestibule December 1-13
and return it attached to an unwrapped gift. Gifts may be toys
and/or clothing to be shared with The Women’s Centers, our
sharing parish St. Roman’s, and local families.
Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe:
The Hispanic Community invites
you to pray the Novena preceding the feast day of Our Lady
of Guadalupe. This begins on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 pm
and continues daily (except on December 9) until Wednesday,
December 11. On December 12, Las Mañanitas will be at 5:00am
with hot chocolate and pastries afterward. A bilingual mass will
be celebrated at 7:00pm with dinner, music and a raffle to follow
in Marian Hall. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $5.00 each after
all Masses next weekend, December 7 and 8.
On Tuesday, December 17, at 7:00pm at
OLPH, experience God’s forgiveness and mercy in a communal
reconciliation service with the option to confess individually.
Celebrate Simbang Gabi:
This is a Filipino tradition since 1565
when the first feast of “nativity” was celebrated there. Share
faith and culture with our Filipino parishioners at Mass in church
on Friday, December 20 at 7:00pm followed by a reception in
Observe La Posadas:
This Mexican tradition remembers the story
of Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay. It begins in the
church after 6:00pm Mass on Sunday, December 22, processes
through the school and ends with festivities in Marian Hall.
Speaker Series 2020
THE CHURCH: MYSTERY, MARKS and MISSION
- January 5th, 2020: “The Church’s Responsibility: Teach, Govern, and Sanctify”
Fr. Paul Stein, Pastor, St. Frances of Rome
For more information, click here: Jan5-2020-SpeakerseriesFlyer.pdf
- February 2nd, 2020: “Ecumenism: True and False”
Fr. Thomas Baima, Vice Rector, Dean, Professor: USML Seminary & Graduate School
- March 8th, 2020: “The Four Marks of the Church”
Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ, Scholar in Residence: Lumen Christi Inst., University of Chicago
- April 5th, 2020: “What Is the Magisterium?”
Msgr. Robert Dempsey, Pastor, St. Patrick, Lake Forest
For Complete Series Flyer info, click here
Our worship will be richer if you join us in one or
more of these liturgical ministries:
Eucharistic Minister: Contact Amalou Lim at email@example.com.
Lector: Contact Bill or Carol Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Usher: Contact Tommy Fitzgibbon at email@example.com.
Altar Server: For students ages 9-17, contact Jessie Kunnel at
You can also reach any of the above people through Flocknote.
Mass for the Homebound
Mass for Those Who Are Homebound
Heart of the Nation Sunday
TV Mass brings spiritual comfort and the blessings
of joy-filled hope in our Risen Savior. Please let
people know they can tune in to Catholic Mass on
WJYS, Channel 62 at 10:00am, on WCUU,
Channel 26.2 at 6:30am, or online at this link:
Heart of the Nation