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How often should I attend Mass this weekend for the Immaculate Conception?

Saturday, Dec. 8 is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a holy day of obligation. 

Do Catholics need to attend Mass twice on the weekend of the Immaculate Conception?

This year, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, falls on a Saturday. According to Canon Law, Catholics should attend two separate Masses between the evenings of Dec. 7 and Dec. 9, one to fulfill our holy day obligation (e.g. either a Friday vigil Mass or Mass on Saturday) and one to fulfill our Sunday obligation (e.g. vigil Mass on Saturday or Mass on Sunday) - a welcome opportunity to receive our Lord in the Eucharist twice over the three days! 
 
 
Did you know? The Immaculate Conception is not about the conception of Jesus, but about the conception of Mary?  
 
Father Mike Schmitz of Ascension Presents explains: (Watch video)

Learn more with these resources: 

USCCB Catechetical Corner:
About the Immaculate Conception (English | Spanish)
 

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Dec. 12

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn, will be celebrated around the country December 12. Here in the diocese, the Office of Hispanic Ministry is hosting the Guadalupe, River of Love Mission Week, an opportunity for all members of the faithful to be inspired by Our Lady and her enduring message of love and compassion, first received by St. Juan Diego 500 years ago. 
 
Advent begins Dec. 2! Visit our Advent resources page
 
Photo credit: The Annunciation by John Williams Waterhouse (public domain) via Wikimedia Commons